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By On May 16th, 2014

What Can Be Done About Chronic Nightmares Related to PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is believed to affect over 2.3 million American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone, adding to an estimated total of 24.4 million Americans thought to have PTSD at any time. Unfortunately, up to half of those dealing with the signs of PTSD don’t seek help for many of the…

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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 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 11th, 2013

What Is Spiritual Abuse?

Allegations of abuse of power within the church happen much more than we would like. We would all like to think all churches are perfect sanctuaries where all are safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Abuse happens in all sorts of churches around the world for numerous reasons and the only way to stop…

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By On July 25th, 2013

Four Belief Systems That Support Spiritual Abuse

As spiritual abuse continues to make headlines, with the latest being allegations against a well-known international ministry, we often focus on the individual’s directly responsible, and with good reason. But, we should also remember that repeated abuse like those described do not usually happen in a vacuum. There are often conditions and beliefs that exist…

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By On June 24th, 2013

Why Do We Abuse Power?

We see abuse of power everywhere. In the recent news, there have been religious authority figures using their power to commit and cover up sexual and spiritual abuse, political figures using their power to spy on their own citizens, and chances are most of us have felt abused by bosses who use their power to…

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By On June 10th, 2013

Can Churches Properly Address Sexual Abuse?

Christian counselors know better than almost anyone else about the failings of the church, especially in the area of mental health and/or abuse. Of course, we often don’t hear the good side of the story, because no one comes to a counselor or psychologist to speak about how well their abuse was handled. No, we…

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By On May 14th, 2013

Helping Pastors Help The Victims of Sexual Abuse

In a recent blog post for Biblical Seminary’s Faculty Blog, Phil Monroe shared an anecdote from a meeting with a couple Christian prosecutors from at least five different states. Not a single one of the prosecutors could remember a time when a pastor attended hearings in support of a victim of sexual abuse, however they…

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By On March 19th, 2013

Finding The Right Counselor For Sexual Abuse Treatment

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, and the constant news stories about assaults, rapes, and all other kinds of sexual violence are enough to remind many that anyone they know could have been sexually abused. The new level of discourse is also finally making many victims feel safe to speak out about past and recent…

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By On March 13th, 2013

Managing Chronic Pain and Keeping Your Faith

When you are young, you go to the doctor for vomiting, fevers, and similar, objectively observable ailments, but as you get older pain becomes a serious, sometimes unwavering issue. Every trip to the doctor now includes being asked to rate your level of pain. For most kids, the doctor treats colds, and viruses, and strep…

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