Counseling: A Solution for Depression

I wrote here about being happy, but when I wrote the article, I left out one key component that prevents people from attaining happiness:  the ugly scourge of depression. As a person who suffers from bipolar disorder, I am no stranger to depression and have had several prolonged bouts with it in my past. ...more

Don't Let Depression Steal Your Christmas

This won't be the usual "How to Survive the Holidays" post. I won't recite to you what you can find on WebMD, PsychCentral or the Mayo Clinic's website about holiday depression. I probably cannot give you tips on how to make it through the next few weeks with some sense of sanity. I can't write that post because I absolutely LOVE Christmas. It's not something I simply want to get through. Even though it threatens to kill me every year. ...more
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So, I've got this Prozac in my purse.

For five days, I could hear the sound of defeat clinking around from inside my purse. To the unsuspecting ear, it could have been an innocent box of TicTac mints or a traveling supply of Advil. But to me it was the sound of concession. Of giving in to something I have fought for the last three years. For five days, during each moment of stress or anxiety I would look at my purse, as if I was willing it to give me sign. I could almost hear it whispering, "Let me help you..."I have postpartum depression....more

God Provides for Us in the Storms

Top 3 Expressive Therapeutic Writing Tips

Photo by Julie Jordan Scott via Flickr...more

Who Do We Blame When Things Go Wrong?

Lately God has had me mining the book of Jonah, most recently for nuggets of truth about the consequences of blaming others. In a previous blog post, we looked at how God used Jonah’s “storm” to help bring others to the saving knowledge of God....more

10 Things to Know if you Have a Depressed Loved One

10 Things to Know if You Have a Depressed Loved OneDepression is a painful disorder. If you’ve never experienced it, count yourself blessed....more

What to Say When a Loved One is Depressed

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21Scripture tells us that the words we speak can produce life or death. As a practicing psychologist, I find this to be true with respect to mental illness as well....more

What NOT to Say to a Depressed Loved One

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21Scripture tells us that the words we speak can produce life or death. As a practicing psychologist, I find this to be true with respect to mental illness as well....more

Redemption

All of us know it. The feeling of a sinking heart, blush of the cheeks and crushing embarrassment. For some of us the tendrils of this dissolute emotion of shame can morph into anger or depression, sometimes both....more
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