Tag Archives: medications

Ministry & the Mentally Ill

“Religious people love to hide behind religion. They love the rules of religion more than they love Jesus. With practice, the Condemners let rules become more important than the spiritual life. “ — Michael Yaconelli Mentally ill people are rarely seen in … Continue reading

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Relapsing [Without Being a Moron About It]

 A Bumpy Road: Dealing with Relapse There may not ever be a last episode, but there are ways to fend off and mitigate the next one. By Jodi Helmer Doctors never talked to Elly L. about RELAPSE. Although she was … Continue reading

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Should I Take Medication? by John Piper

What’s Your Take on Christians Using Antidepressants? by John Piper In the end I’m going to say that there are times when I think it is appropriate, but I want to go there cautiously and slowly, with warnings. Depression is … Continue reading

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Paranoia for Beginners

A person who is paranoid has fears, such as being watched, harmed or poisoned. He or she does not trust others and is suspicious that others are “out to get” him or her. It is normal to wonder if people … Continue reading

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Are There Benefits to Being Bipolar?

Originally Published on July 20, 2010 in “Psychology Today” Let me start by acknowledging what is well known: Manic Depression or Bipolar disorder can be a devastating illness. Affecting at least 1% of the population, it can, untreated, result in … Continue reading

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The Sterile Curse of Social Isolation

“While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.” Luke 24:15 Quite a few studies now out, revealing the reality of social isolation.  It seems more and more people are veering away from social … Continue reading

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Intensely Loved, but Definitely Broken, [Reality]

For everyone who loves Jesus, but yet has had an experience of terrible loss, sickness or the death of a loved one…this post is meant for you. I am evangelical, a former pastor, and a Bible college instructor. I also have bipolar depression, and a … Continue reading

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