Depression Detectives [Diagnosis]


There are three types of depression to consider: What type do you have? Sometimes there will be a toxic mix of them.

  1. Guilty depression- when our behavior hasn’t been what it should be (sin), this is the source of condemnation.
  2. Organic depression- when it’s built into our DNA and part of our very being; it is fundamental in your personality. You can compare it to  someone who has diabeties or MS.
  3. Reactionary depression when we react to some bad news or an injury, a car crash, or working too much with no time off

Typically your depression will originate from one of the three kinds. Each will have different methods, but identifying them could help you move through them more gracefully. There can be an overlap, however. Reactionary depression is the most common, and Guilty depression can be the most hurtful to the Christian.

Satan is involved in the intenification of each, he condemns and strangles all hope. Worship and the Word “punches his lights out.”

Knowing the type of depression will give you understanding and help you defuse the situation. These things have helped me personally.



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Author: Pastor Bryan Lowe

A repentant rascal with definite issues, but who is seeking to be authentic in his faith to Jesus Christ. An avid reader and a hopeful writer. Husband and father. A pastor and Bible teacher. A brain tumor survivor. Diagnosed with clinical depression, and now disabled. Enjoys life, such as it is, in Alask.a (Actually I have it pretty good.)

4 thoughts on “Depression Detectives [Diagnosis]”

  1. Indeed! This is very helpful! Understanding that it is not just one category Helps to clarify what is going on, and why. Thanks !


  2. This is good. My worst depression was a #1, but I struggle regularly with #2. I think some combination is far more prevalent than fitting neatly into one or the other, but I suppose I’m biased in that thinking because it fits me. Peace, Linda


  3. Love it 🙂 ” punches his lights out ”

    Thank you for all your writing.

    I’m so Thankful to the Lord that your depression has lifted. Prayer Works !!!


  4. I don’t know if this really adds to the discussion much, but I would also add Hormonal Depression. It’s not really built-in (like the Organic Depression) but comes and goes as hormones become off balance. I have also seen (in my husband) severe reactionary depression when he hurt his back and his nerves were pinched due to a bulging disc, he dealt with severe depression, anxiety, and paranoia. After a long healing process and lots of chiropractic care, as his spine and nerves healed, so do the depression, etc.


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