Category Archives: Serving Mentally Ill Christians

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Does Sickness Bless You?

“A man was lying there who had been sick for thirty-eight years.” John 5:5 That was a long time to be sick. It is very hard to be an invalid year after year. This day’s reading may come to some … Continue reading

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The Only Army that Shoots its Wounded

By Dwight L. Carlson From an article in Christianity Today, February 9, 1998 “The only army that shoots its wounded is the Christian army,” said the speaker, a psychologist who had just returned from an overseas ministry trip among missionaries. … Continue reading

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Jamison and Steel: Interviews on Suicide

NAMI’s Interviews With Danielle Steel & Kay Jamison Last year, Steel published His Bright Light, a memoir of her son, Nick Traina, who committed suicide at age 19 after a life-long battle with bipolar disorder (manic depression). More recently, Jamison … Continue reading

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Q & A: Will I need to stay on my depression meds forever?

Asked by Ally, Washington “I am 26 years old and have had four major depressive episodes. I did not seek treatment until the last (and worst) episode and have since been taking two different antidepressants. My question is this: Will … Continue reading

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Coming Home to Father

“He was yet a great way off, his father saw him.” Luke 15:20 The boy had, in the far-away country, a vision of his old home. As he sat there and thought of his dishonor and his ruin, there flashed … Continue reading

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Handling a Diagnosis of Tardive Dyskinesia

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a condition of involuntary, repetitive movements of the jaw, tongue or other body movements. It frequently is a side effect of the long-term use of antipsychotic drugs used to treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It is … Continue reading

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Are You Depressed, Or Just Human?

Depression can be devastating. Its worst form, major depressive disorder, is marked by all-encompassing low mood, thoughts of worthlessness, isolation, and loss of interest or pleasure in most or all activities. But this clinical description misses the deep, experiential horror … Continue reading

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