Being overwhelmed looks different for everyone. The circumstances leading to it are different for everyone. But we all have this in common - at times during our lives we get to a place where we can't seem to hold things together. Whether this feeling last for minutes, days, months, or years, we all get overwhelmed.
Over 25% of Americans are currently suffering from some type of elevated anxiety or depressive condition. That means in this room there would be between 35-40 people.
11% of teenagers have a depressive disorder by the age of 18.
30% of college students report feeling depressed to a level that affects their ability to function in school.
It generally takes 10-20 weeks of therapy to help a person overcome a serious issue.
Over 50% of Americans with major depression don’t seek help or treatment.
As we get into this new series we will look at the things which cause these problems, the situations we stay in that keep us from moving forward, and how to make some simple yet powerful steps to live in the joy that a Christian faith can bring us.
On our first Sunday of the series we mentioned two different books we would recommend for anyone wanting to go further into this topic:
by Bill Hybels (click here to preview or purchase
This is our primary suggestion for extra reading during this study. Bill Hybels does a wonderful job addressing many of the reasons we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed.
by Perry Noble (click here to preview or purchase
We were somewhat reluctant to recommend this book for one reason: the author who wrote it in 2014 after dealing with anxiety & depression fell back into serious depression and was dismissed from his church in 2016 for alcohol abuse. However this doesn't invalidate the truths written down here along with some of the personal experiences he shares along the way.