Dave Mackey

Dr. Amen’s Seven Types of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Dr. Amen Who? Dr. Daniel Amen has written a number of best-selling books on mental health topics, including several editions on Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, or AD(H)D. He believes that there are seven distinct types of ADD which affect different portions of the brain and as such require different treatments. You can learn all about …

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Try Harder or Better?

Introduction My last post was on the detrimental effects of untreated mental illness on those around the ill individual. It was a strongly worded post because I have strong feelings/beliefs on the topic – I believed and do still believe that it is immoral / sinful / wrong to refuse treatment for mental illness1I’m not …

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The Hidden Impact of Mental Illness on One’s Family, Friends, and Co-Workers.

TLDR; Individuals with mental illness(es) frequently don’t seek treatment because they feel the cost of treatment (in time, money, side effects) is too great. Oftentimes the mentally ill fail to consider the true cost of avoiding treatment which must include the handicaps placed upon family, friends, and co-workers. The cost is especially high when we …

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Why Is My Difficult Person So…Difficult? (What I Think I Know About Difficult People – Part 2)

If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to read my previous (and first) post in this series on Difficult People. TL; DR: 1.┬áIf we can understand why a person is acting as they are, we can┬áreduce the harm inflicted upon us by their assaults and maintain a healthy self-concept. 2. There are numerous strategies we …

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Quote from Douglas Groothuis: "I know there is a larger meaning behind it all, but I cannot parse it out day by darkening day."

When Islands of Meaning Sink Beneath Us

I subscribe to Christianity Today and in their most recent issue (Nov. 2015, Vol. 59, Num. 9) they have an article by Douglas Groothuis, a well-known professor and author of theology and philosophy with the title “When Islands of Meaning Sink Beneath Us.” (pp. 50-55) The title alone lifted my spirits, but the contents are …

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