So That Is What a Heart Attack Feels Like… (Three Years Later)

A few years ago Sheila and I thought we would be traveling the US in an RV for a year (or two or three). When I had a major health crisis this dream had to be put aside and we have walked a different path these past few years. We… Continue reading

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.… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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. If we can understand why a person is acting as they are, we can reduce the harm inflicted upon us by their assaults and maintain a healthy self-concept. 2.… Continue reading

What I Think I Know About Difficult People

TL;DR: I want to share what I know about difficult people and how to interact with them in a series of posts. There are several basic principles that are foundational to this discussion:   0. I know one thing: that I know nothing. 1. We are all difficult people. The… Continue reading

When Islands of Meaning Sink Beneath Us

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

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… Continue reading

My Soul is Weary.

Psalm 119:28: “My soul is weary…” Job 10:1: “My soul is weary…” Ruth Bell Graham (Sitting By My Laughing Fire): “Lord, when my soul is weary and my heart is tired and sore and I have that failing feeling that I can’t take any more; then let me know the… Continue reading

When the Zombies Keep Coming.

Sleep settled on me before I wanted it to – 11:30 pm. Then released me from its grasp before I desired – 2 am. It refuses to return for several hours, begrudgingly settling over me at 6 am. Having insomnia is frustrating, having it with zombies only amplifies this frustration.… Continue reading

Allie Brosh on Depression.

Intro I recently posted some excerpts from Allie Brosh’s  book Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened. Today I’d like to offer up a few more from the same, from her chapters entitled “Depression Part One” and “Depression Part Two.” This is Something… Continue reading