mental health

Rebuilding a Relationship with Emotion

In a recent episode of the NPR podcast Hidden Brain, host Shankar Vedantam dug into a phenomenon called “information aversion.” Also known as “the ostrich effect,” it refers to the tendency of people to avoid receiving information if they think…

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The Role of Therapy in the Christian Life

A mutual friend connected me to Laurel Justice, an artist and psychotherapist working in Colorado Springs. Laurel considers it a joy to journey with others to facilitate movement towards freedom and flourishing for each client. She counsels couples and individuals…

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Killing Relationships One Need at a Time

I’m a sucker for cartoons. Cartoons are kind of like fairy tales. In stepping away from the usual rules of “reality” they can help us see the world, and our part in it, more clearly.   Finding Dory is like that…

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Needing a Prescription to Live a “Normal” Life

Sitting at the kitchen island finishing homework, she catches me off guard with her concern. “Are you okay, Mom?” I ignore the question at first, hoping she doesn’t see me hide the white paper bag of antidepressants my husband brought…

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Journeying with Depression and God

Living with depression feels like living in the midst of an ocean.  Depression feels huge, powerful, and unpredictable; calm at times, violent and destructive at others.  Depression hit for the first time when I was six.  It was a normal…

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Choosing a Therapist: Notes from the Trenches

After I wrote “Therapy for Beginners,” I received an email from a reader who had noted that my current therapeutic relationship wasn’t my first, and that my first therapist wasn’t a good fit. She asked me what I looked for…

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Lexicon

Habit led me down to the rocks—habit and Shannon’s elation, which would have dragged us to roiled water if custom hadn’t. The waves had drawn more of a crowd than mid-October normally sees, along with the tropic air whorled up…

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Rest

Instead of going to church on Easter weekend I drove south from Indiana into Alabama to camp with a friend in Bankhead National Forest. We pitched our tents in a plot at Brushy Lake Campground, where the lake, nestled within…

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Remember, You Are a Body

The film God Help the Girl, a musical drama of the band Belle and Sebastian, opens in a psychiatric hospital in Scotland. Eve, a budding songwriter, is being treated for anorexia and depression. In an early scene, her doctor shows…

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Everyone Needs Compassion

“They’re not that different from us,” I whisper to my middle child, the girl on my lap whose ponytail’s tickling my nose.   But she’s not so sure, so I introduce her to Lena, who likes art and wears a…

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