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Talking Faith and Mental Illness: Suicide


Blogger and former psychiatrist Adrian Warnock is hosting a "broad conversation about faith and mental illness" and last week I responded to his question about the way my own faith community has historically viewed mental illness, and how my own faith shapes my views of it. This week Warnock touches on the very sensitive subject of suicide.
Research suggests that religious faith protects against suicide. Why do you think that is in light...
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Advice

Mental Health Frustrations and Rethinking Church – Kinda

The Mental Health Grace Alliance published a blog post last week entitled 3 Frustrations of Mental Health and the Church; 3 Ways to Re:Think Church.

The post covers:

Spiritual Stigma
unfortunately, pastoral staff members grow frustrated when they don’t understand why their ministry methods are not working.  In response, they unknowingly go into “religious default” mode, which places the blame on the individual, rather than the ministry. Like Job’s friends, it’s assumed that this hardship/ problem...
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Bible

Talking Faith and Mental Illness

My friend, Amy Simpson, passed this along to me and today I want to pass it along to all of you.

From blogger and former psychiatrist Adrian Warnock:
The people who run Patheos have asked me to host a broad conversation about Mental Health including bloggers from across Patheos and beyond. You are invited to contribute by answering the question below any time this week. There are also two more questions which will follow.
Bloggers are asked...
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Advice

Wednesday’s Hope Round-Up


Sorry for the week-long break, guys. I was not feeling well most of last week, so a hope round-up is a great way to start a fresh blogging cycle! First up...

Study: Believing in God Helps Treat Mental Health Disorders
I love it when science proves something I already know. :-) A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders says that people who believe in a "higher power" were more likely to see positive results from treatment. Researchers studied people with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other disorders and found that "those who expressed believing in God between "moderate" and "high" had better chances of responding well to treatment, while those who said the do not believe in God or only believe in him slightly had a doubled risk of not responding to treatment."
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Bible

Rick Warren’s Petition of Hope

It's a little late for Wednesday's Hope Round-Up, but this story gave me a lot of hope: Rick Warren wants what we all want - to urge educators, lawmakers, healthcare professionals, and church congregations to raise the awareness and lower the stigma of mental illness … and support the families that deal with mental illness on a daily basis.

As you may know, Rick Warren's son,
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Adolescence

Sexual Abuse, a Painful Past, and Recovery


 

Everyone found out about the sexual abuse on my birthday.

A handful of energetic fifth-graders had gathered at my house for a slumber party. Man, my parents always hated those. Probably every parent who has ever experienced a sleep-over can understand why. The rented movies went unwatched; the girls were more interested in playing Truth or Dare. At some point, my mother said it was time to be quiet and go to sleep, but we never did that. We just giggled as quietly as we could inside our sleeping bags.
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Addiction

You Can’t Make People Wake Up. Only Evil Coffee Can Do That.


 

I had the most interesting conversation the other night on Twitter, and I couldn't wait to blog about it here, but I had to give it some extra thought, first.

When someone starts talking about demons at Starbucks, my ears prick up. That's my personality. I'm one of those people who listen in on others' conversations at Red Robin, and I chime in on conversations at the grocery store. This guy - who leads a...
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Advice

Help is a Miracle if You Can Find it


This post has nothing to do with gun control. The cartoon above is only to show how easy it is for someone to purchase a high-powered weapon compared to how easy it is to find quality mental health care.

Now here's an all-too-familiar story that is frustrating, sad, and scary.

Pat Milam testified before a panel of law makers and mental health experts about his son, Matt, last week. Matt struggled with severe paranoia and spent...
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Bible

If God Healed my Bipolar Disorder…Would I Realize It?


I believe in God even though I have never physically met Him. I have seen enough evidence of God to bolster my faith. I have far more faith in the supernatural than I do in coincidence. The things many people see as stuff that "just happens" fit too closely with the details of my life and background for me to write them off as random happenings. I also believe in healing, but I believe in it because I have seen it happen with my own eyes, in my life, and in the lives of others.

I believe that God could reach down right now and take my bipolar disorder away, if He wanted to. I don't think that's over-reaching. If I believe God created the universe, then it would be foolish of me not to believe He could take away this disease. I believe that if Jesus Christ walked into the room right now, I wouldn't even have to ask for healing. I could reach out and touch Him and be done with this nonsense. There are denominations out there that don't believe in modern-day miracles. According to their theology, all the miracles happened during Bible times and we're on our own now. I respectfully disagree. I've seen God do far too much to ascribe to that belief system.
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