Deep reflection on grief and grieving. Continue reading
Posted in Death, Grieving, Loss, Sadness, Suffering, Suicide
Tagged Death, Grief, Grieving, loss of a loved one, Sadness, working through grief
Are we too quick to identify normal sadness as a biologically based depressive disorder? Continue reading
Posted in Anxiety, Christian Counselor, Counseling, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, Medicine, Sadness
Tagged Depression, Discouragement, Feeling depressed, Sadness
Do we have room in our lives for normal sadness? Do we have unrealistic expectations for gregariousness? There appears to be a significant need for helping people understand the role of sadness in life and in character formation.
Posted in Anxiety, Biopsychology, Christian Counselor, Counseling, Depression, Despair, discouraged, Discouragement, Doctor, Emotions, Grieving, Health Care, Holistic ministry, Laughter, Loss, Medicine, Psychology, Sadness
Tagged advice for doctors, Christian Counselors, Depression, feeling sad, Holistic, medical doctors, Medication, Sadness
What happens to us when we have unrealistic expectation for health and emotional happiness? Are we likely to be more easily disappointed and discouraged? Continue reading
Posted in Broken Relationships, Conflict, Counseling, Discouragement, Divorce, Encouragement, Eternal life, Evil in the world, Faith, Funeral, Glorify God, God's Patience, God's control, God's Heart, God's Love, God's power, God's Protection, God's Will, Grace, Grieving, Heaven, Hope?, Loss, Mad at God, Meaning of life, Pain, Patience, Persecuted, Problem of evil, Questioning God, Sadness, Suffering, Trials, Wisdom
Tagged Comfort, Discouragement, Sadness, Suffering, Trials
Church people are sometimes well-intentioned but hurtful when they approach all discouragement as a matter of simple obedience to the Lord. Continue reading
Posted in Addiction, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Attitude, Burnout, Counseling, Depression, Despair, Drug addiction, Guilt, Hope?, Medicine, Neuroscience
Tagged Anxiety, Depression, Doctors, Medicine, Neurological, Sadness
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8). Dick Keyes “The Bible does not give us a quick and easy answer to why God allows evil to continue … Continue reading
Posted in Discouragement, Earthquakes, Eternal life, Evil in the world, Faith, Fear of death, Fear of God, God's Patience, God's control, God's Heart, God's Protection, God's Will, Grieving, Hope?, Hurricanes, Loss, Mistreated, Origin of Sin, Pain, Prison, Restoration, Sadness, Sovereignty, Spiritual transformation, Suffering, Suicide, Tornado, Trials, Tsunami, Violence, Weather, Will of God, Wisdom, Worldview
Tagged Death, Loss, Sadness, Sin, Suffering, Tornado, Where is God in tragedy?
Life is hard when you feel like you’re stuck in a flight pattern you can’t get out of.
Posted in Anxiety, Change, Christian Counselor, Counseling, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, Doctor, Dysfunctional, Emotions, Encouragement, Freedom, Holistic ministry, Hope?, Loss, Medicine, Mind, Mind Renewal, Neuroscience, Pain, Post-abortion, Restoration, Sadness, Wisdom
Tagged Anxiety, Depression, Sadness
The standard criteria for diagnosing depressive disorder does not adequately distinguish intense normal sadness from biologically disordered sadness.
We must learn to distinguishing “sadness due to internal dysfunction” from “sadness that is a biologically designed response to external events.” Continue reading
Posted in Christian Counselor, Counseling, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, Doctor, Holistic ministry, Human depravity, Medicine, Sadness, Uncategorized
Tagged counseling depression, Depression, Feeling depressed, How to diagnose depression, Sadness
Depression is real and, as a recent commercial reminds us, it hurts everyone. Depression must be treated with care and sensitivity. But why has there been such an explosive growth of depression in our culture? Continue reading
Posted in Depression, Discouragement, Emotions, Encouragement, Joy, Spiritual growth
Tagged Alan V. Horwitz, Counseling, Depression, Feeling depressed, Psychology, Sadness
“A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” (Proverbs 18:14). Where can we find hope and healing when feeling crushed under the weight of unspeakable pain? Continue reading