Monthly Archives: January 2014

262. Can Spirituality Help You?

If you’re a member of a faith community, you may find that speaking with your clergyperson or becoming more involved with services and activities may be helpful. When I was in major depression, I joined a faith-based group that helped … Continue reading

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261. Religion and Depression

In 2009, Duke University conducted research on the relationship between religion and depression, suicide, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and substance abuse. Of 724 published studies, more than half found that religious beliefs had a statistically significant positive impact on mental health. … Continue reading

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260. Write a New Script

As if the public stigma of having depression were not bad enough, self-stigma constantly harasses a depressed person: “I am weak, unworthy, broken, a plague on society.” It’s a terrible story heard over and over again. What to do? Change … Continue reading

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259. The Jesus Prayer

Is there an iron gate in your life that imprisons you in a cell of darkness? You have beaten against those bars, but they won’t yield. You have tried to pray, but the words stick in your throat. There is … Continue reading

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258. Five Things Not to Say to Someone Who is Depressed

“Don’t worry. We all get depressed some time or another.”  That’s like telling someone with diabetes that everyone has diabetes some time or another. Depression is not just having a blue day. It is a condition that cripples the emotions, … Continue reading

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257. The Rock of My Life

For You, O Lord, have put my life in order, Have shaped it from the very beginning. You were by my side at birth, Preserving my life when all thought I would die. You stood guard as I struggled with … Continue reading

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256. On Vacation

It will be 30 below zero in Minneapolis sometime tomorrow and bitterly cold all next week. So…I’m going south for a week. My next blog will be January 14. Stay warm.

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