A Sound Mind

“A sound mind.” For some of us that doesn’t seem remotely possible. We’ve come to believe this is only true for others, maybe, but not me. As mentally ill people we seem to think that we shouldn’t be this way. Given enough time our illness becomes fused to our spirit and soul. We buy the lieContinue reading “A Sound Mind”

Empty, Broken, Here I Stand [Kyrie Eleison]

Quite a few years ago, I journeyed from off the beaten path in Alaska to Cambridge, England. It was there I somehow found myself on the streets talking to myself; alone, disoriented and quite lost. It was June of 2002 and I had just been released from a mental hospital in Alaska, and was under theContinue reading “Empty, Broken, Here I Stand [Kyrie Eleison]”

When Does Depression Become Sin?

The Bible is plumb full of commentary on depression. King David experienced intermittent times of intense depression.  He was a man who had to work through a great deal of it, and we can see that he succeeded in breaking through into freedom. Would David today be treated with antidepressants?  Could he have been treated at a mentalContinue reading “When Does Depression Become Sin?”

Overcoming Darkness: An Interview with Dr. Philip Mitchell

Professor Mitchell, what is the difference between being depressed and just feeling bad about yourself? Sometimes it’s easy to tell the difference; sometimes you’re not certain. I look for clinical indicators of depressive illness: whether the person’s life is becoming impaired by these bad feelings, when it’s starting to interfere with people’s sleep, appetite andContinue reading “Overcoming Darkness: An Interview with Dr. Philip Mitchell”