06 Dec Pastors on Antidepressants
I read somewhere recently the comment that “it is sad news that 22% of pastors today are on antidepressants.” I can’t remember where I read that, but depression does that to me … hmmm.
In processing that comment over the last few days, I have to say that I think the sad news in not that 22% of pastors today are on antidepressants, but that ONLY 22% of pastors are on antidepressants. I know that’s a strong thing to say, and obviously it’s coming from a pastor who uses them. Uh … yes, that would be me!
I know alot of pastors. ALOT! I’m just tellin’ ya … it would help many of them to seek help for why their Monday drags into Tuesday and the rest of the week!
Pastoring is a care-giving profession. Many of us pastors don’t want to call it a “profession”, but it’s what we do, even if you’re bi-vocational. Why don’t we care as much if psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, elderly care and mental health workers are on antidepressant medication? I, for one, have not heard “alarming” statistics on how many of those care-giving professionals are on medication.
In this post, I know there’s alot I am saying, as well as a ton that I am not saying. I am presuming you know that I don’t see depression as purely spiritual or medication to help it as some kind of taboo subject. Any who know me personally are aware that I have struggled with clinical depression for a number of years, at least since being diagnosed in 2001, but probably for many more years before that.
Just a little of my ramblings on the subject. Feel free to toss in questions or comments if you have them! Maybe I ought to write a little more on my journey in case it’s helpful to someone else.