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...


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."


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,


Wednesday’s Hope Round-Up, and a GIVEAWAY

I'm sitting here listening to the season's first thunderstorm, and I have all of my windows open because I can't get enough of the sweet-smelling breeze that's brushing my face. The power is flickering on and off, so I wanted to post a few items of interest before I have to rummage for my candles and my internet gets zapped.

I've decided to start a weekly list of helpful and encouraging links, and since it's Wednesday and that's as good a day as any to make a list, I'm going to call it Wednesday's Hope Round-Up! This first list is a great one, I have to say.


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.


Happy Easter

Happy Easter, readers! He is risen!

I hope you have a nice Easter Sunday and if you are struggling, know that I'm praying for joy to find its way into your heart today.

If you're interested, I did a little blogging at my personal blog today about what God's Word means to me. Cross photo available from...


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...


Diabetes Ursurped Mental Illness This Week

Can I vent? I mean, can we skip the psychology talk and just be blunt today?

As I write this, I'm totally exhausted. I'm fighting the good fight but I want to take a week-long nap. See, I don't want to be a hypocrite. I think if you're going to write about the Christian walk and coping with emotional problems, you should follow through in your own life. I get fed up with people who give...