As a Christian counsellor I understand each person has heart, spirit and mind. Heart means the emotional brain - the reservoir of significant personal memories and the core beliefs formed an the basis of these experiences.
The human spirit means one's core self - the inner being that gives life and meaning to our physical life. The human spirit is our true inner being that loves and is loved, develops empathy, creativity, and is the source of intuition and inspiration.
The human mind is the more rational logical source of thinking based on verbal information. So language is necessary for the mind to think and reason. But the Heart has reason that the mind knows not of, and the Human spirit has reason that the mind knows not of. The mind is not usually directly aware of what is happening at the heart or spirit level of consciousness. The mind cannot control or easily change the core beliefs of the heart or the state of being of the spirit.
When I look at depression from the point of view of our Inner Child, I am looking at what has happened in the heart and what has impacted the human spirit. Depression is when the Inner Child feels no joy and the heart no love.
Depression is what it feels like to run out of life energy. To ‘run on empty.’ When love and life no longer flows freely to and through our spirit. If our life is like an inner candle, then depression is when our candle is flickering out. It may feel like something is trying to extinguish our life.
It was like I lived in a fog when I was young. That is how weak my sense of self was. A strong inner force worked below the surface. It tried to connect with God for the love and life I so much needed. See: