Category Archives: depression

Understanding Schizophrenia

Symptoms By Mayo Clinic staff There are several types of schizophrenia, so signs and symptoms vary. In general, schizophrenia symptoms include: Beliefs not based on reality (delusions), such as the belief that there’s a conspiracy against you Seeing or hearing … Continue reading

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When Our Troubles Help Us Find Jesus

“When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death”. John 4:47 Without his troubles, it would be highly improbable … Continue reading

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A Charlie Brown Kind of a Depression

As we wrestle with our embedded issues, we realize that the battle is in largely inside of us.  The last few days have been very hard, and I have a dark presence pressing on me; there is a subsequent reaction in … Continue reading

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All in Your Head?

Depression is a Mental Disorder, not a Disease There are plausible arguments for the non-existence of mental illness. But there are still people who declare themselves to have a mental illness. After all, being sick mentally has no physical symptoms; … Continue reading

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Drowning in Despair

  “For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.”    2 Corinthians 1:8 “…we … Continue reading

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Dancing With Bruises

Bruises seem to be part of life’s package to us. Some will be serious, most minor. But each are noted, and some will just have to be endured. Dancers are some of the most wonderful people I know. Their gracefulness can … Continue reading

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Monotony

  Monotony has become a fixture around here. I had been told to be on alert for it, but it seems like I’ve got to learn for myself. With any chronic illness there can be something tedious and routine about … Continue reading

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