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Posts Tagged ‘Christian Mental Health’

By On November 12th, 2013

How Can We Better Address Serious Mental Illness?

I came across an old post on Christian Counselor Phil Monroe’s blog today that showed just how little has changed in the way the church handles serious mental illness. It is clear the church has made significant steps towards improving the understanding and treatment of more mild mental illness such as the more common forms…

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By On October 25th, 2013

Be Careful How You Address Anxiety and Depression

People often speak of the stigma surrounding mental health within Christian communities in fairly extreme terms. Yes, there are those who believe mental illness is the presentation of demons within a person, but that is arguably not the case for the majority of average Christians. The truth is, most believers do understand that mental illness…

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By On October 15th, 2013

One Christian Strategy For Handling Addiction Within a Family

Addiction, like all mental health issues, affects more than just the victim. While mental health problems way on families and friends through the various ways support can drain a person, addiction causes many other problems for parents and those who care for the addict. There can be legal repercussions for housing a drug addict, but…

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By On October 3rd, 2013

How Does a Christian Counselor Address Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are the result of an anxiety disorder which can be absolutely terrifying. I know this very well, as I suffered from them throughout many periods of my life. Over a period of minutes I would begin to feel like I couldn’t breathe, my mind would begin racing too fast for me to make…

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By On September 19th, 2013

Can Mental Illness Be Cured With Prayer and Bible Study?

Sometimes when I speak about the number of Christians who believe that mental illness is either less significant of an issue than a physical health issue or brought on by spiritual illness such as lack of faith or possession, I feel as if I am underselling the Church. I personally know so many Christians who…

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By On September 12th, 2013

What are the Warning Signs of Spiritual Abuse?

Yesterday I wrote the tragedy of spiritual abuse and how it is able to occur within the church. While there are an uncountable number of churches preaching the love of God and following his word, there will always be those who corrupt even the most pure of ministries and those who are corrupted by the…

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By On August 26th, 2013

The Myth of Mental Health Care: The Medication of Normalcy

While the church doesn’t have the best history of handling mental health issues as an institution, we too often transfer this notion into the idea that the majority of Christians outright reject mental illness or counseling. The reality is, while extremists may insist mental illness is the result of demonic possession or sin, the average…

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By On August 23rd, 2013

Can a Blood Test Predict Suicide Risk?

Suicide is a plague eating away at the foundation of the church and society. Far too many families are impacted by the tragic decision to take one’s life, and far too many people struggle with mood disorders until eventually they succumb. However, in the future we might be able to identify people at high risk…

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By On July 29th, 2013

Learning to Look For the Presence of God

One of the most crippling aspects of depression and anxiety is the crushing loneliness or forsaken feeling that patients often report. They may logically be able to identify that there are members of their family and community that love them, but their brains make them feel as if that love doesn’t exist. Even when physically…

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