Originally posted by maxdetail
Tom, there's a few ways to look at that. Depression and dread may be a chemical/physical response to something happening physiologically; or it could be some type of demonic oppression, it could be God moving you in a certain direction or it could be the demonic using a physiological weakness to attack you.
It may be impossible to tell unless you actually witness some supernatural activity. Regardless of the cause of your dread and depression the scriptures never come out and tell us to engage spiritual forces directly. We are to resist the devil, we are to pray that God will deliver us from the evil one. Reading through the psalms we find that when we are hit with depression or 'our countenance is fallen' we should worship God, we should acknowledge his attributes and the ways he has provided for us and sustained us. Think on his mercy and soveriegn power and plan. Remember that Satan is on a very short leash and is nothing more than God's agent of wrath.
A lack of worship can lead to mental ill-health, to resentment and all kinds of disorder. If the depression gets chronic then see a doctor, if it takes a blatant supernatural turn then seek the elders of a church.
Make sure that no one in your household is involved in the occult or any activity that might might invite the demonic. The demonic has no right to oppress the believer unless the right has been given by invitation. If you find someone has done this, expose it and repent and ask God to be your strength, your protector, your fear and your dread.
Isaiah 8:12 "Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. 13 But the Lord of hosts, him you shall regard as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14 And he will become a sanctuary...."