I have had the opportunity to go to church for the past month - and it has made me feel better than I believe any medication could. Realizing your problems have been covered by His blood, and knowing as long as you have a merciful or forgiving soul, you can look forward and up to Jesus Christ and not look back.

I have seen antidepressants work for serious depression, and I have seen people feel better more quickly following a sermon. And studies show church-going people are less likely to commit suicide than those who consider themselves “spiritual” or atheists. Church-going people have less depression and anxiety. Children whose parents attend worship services together experience a life that is strong and are less likely to fall over the cliff of the social chaos.

I have not utilized spirituality in my practice to its full potential, and I regret not sharing so much potential soul-saving counseling. I am happy I have utilized it now and have shown my patients the key to a full recovery.

Other important advice for depression involves counseling, which includes positive self-talk such as not blaming yourself, avoiding making major decisions, not isolating yourself and not believing negative thoughts. Healthy habits such as daily exercise, eating balanced meals and getting sufficient sleep also help enhance mental health.

Still, it is important that individuals who are experiencing depression call their doctor or a suicide help line if they have thoughts of suicide and never give up.

Until next week, stay healthy and God Bless!

Dr. Justus Turner Peters, a family physician, is board-certified in family medicine. His practice encompasses the care of infants, children and adults of all ages. Peters also conducts ongoing research in the areas of childhood obesity and lower extremity injuries. He serves as the county health authority.