“Depression and bipolar disorder are two of the most common diagnoses made in medicine today.”… Click To Tweet In his book, Good Mood, Bad Mood, Dr. Charles Hodges, a physician and biblical counselor, explains how he began a journey to discover more about the label “bipolar” and arrived at some surprising conclusions. Along the way, he weaves in some cases he has had which illustrate how modern beliefs about depression and medications affect people and how the Bible changes lives in ways that modern beliefs about depression do not predict. As a result of his examination of research, Dr....Read More
“Well, if your mom has it, your grandma had it, and your sister has it, then there’s a good chance you’ll have it too.” This is the response of a typical family doc after listening to symptoms and family history in his office. You might think the conversation is about diabetes or high blood pressure, which are known to have a genetic component. But the particular quote you just read came a few years ago from a counselee who’d been describing symptoms of depression to her doctor. My counselee (I’ll call her Janie), had been feeling really down for a few weeks, and wanted to know if her fate was sealed because of her family history. He confirmed her fear that she was destined to take psychiatric medication for the rest of her life, handing her a prescription and assuring her she’d feel better in a few weeks. But she didn’t feel better. In fact, she felt worse. That’s why she came to the counseling center. She wanted to know, if this is a medical issue, why isn’t the medicine helping? I’m not a doctor, so I couldn’t answer her medical questions; but after talking to her that first hour, it was pretty clear to me why she was depressed, and it had nothing to do with family genetics, brain chemistry, or anything else the medication was supposed to...Read More
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – – think about such things. Philippians 4:8 Those of you who routinely read this blog know I am a real believer in the changed mind leading to a changed life. If I asked you to take a few minutes and write down your most habitual thoughts what would they be? One of the more common things people struggle with in the privacy of their own minds is to think they are...Read More
This time of the year begins to usher in greater feelings of depression for some people. As the daylight hours get shorter and the weather gets cooler, we spend more time indoors and simply have more time to think about our problems and woes. There seems to be plenty of sorrow these days! I have a couple of friends who are very ill, some others are facing the loss of their jobs, families are blown apart because of sexual sin, and the general mood tends toward fear, depression, and anxiety brought on by situations that feel out of control....Read More
Today’s guest blogger is Suzanne Holland. Suzanne is a grateful follower of Jesus Christ, wife to John, and mom to two grown up boys. She is a Certified Biblical Counselor with the IABC, offering the hope of the Scriptures to those who are hurting. Suzanne writes on her blog, Near to the Healer, and has a special emphasis on ministering to those who suffer with ongoing physical pain. Her blog is reposted with permission. Still meditating on Colossians 1, I looked at The Message version today. This version says this about itself: “The Message tries to recapture the Word in the words we use...Read More
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