Depression

Resiliency In A Broken World

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Finding Resiliency In A Broken World By Janet Siry, LCSWMarch 1, 2020 The world in which we live can sometimes seem chaotic and hopeless. In our daily life, there are so many stressors that invade our sense of peace and serenity. At times, it seems that life is too overwhelming to achieve our dreams. The efforts we make to change our circumstances seem futile. We feel alone and abandoned by the attitudes and values of those we are close to and by those of society at large.  It is tempting to believe that no one else can understand the desolation we feel. These thoughts, left unchecked,...

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Holiday Grief

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By Eden AlthausNovember 15, 2018 Christmas time is here again; the trees are up and the lights are twinkling. Every store you walk into has festive music playing and shades of red and green throughout. It is the most wonderful time of the year, for we are preparing for the birth of our savior.  However, this time of year doesn’t always bring joy to everyone… the decorations, music, parties, and festivities can serve as painful reminders to those who have suffered a loss of a loved one. Seeing the empty chair at the table or remembering an old family tradition that once included...

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Putting Away The Blues

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By Forrest ParkinsonJanuary 17, 2017 (Matthew 2:11: They went into the house and when they saw the child with his mother, Mary, they knelt down and worshiped him. They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and presented them to him.) Last year a friend taught me a wonderful Christmas lesson over three cups of coffee. I’ll condense it here: “I’m really trying to let Christmas “soak in” this year. Every year’s such a letdown. Just as I’m seeing the Christmas trees put out to the curb, I feel like the “Christmas Spirit” is gone. Everything is back to grind, back to the gray...

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Turn On Your “Suicide Watch” Radar

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by Rev. Dr. Thomas TaylorSeptember 18, 2015 As active and faithful church members, church workers and clergy, we often do not turn on our “suicide watch” radar. It took me years of life in a parish and in parish ministry before my “suicide watch” radar was jolted into “on” mode. Jolted I was by a middle of the night call from one of my most faithful members threatening to commit suicide. I, and this parishioner, were fortunate that she had the wherewithal to reach out to someone before she proceeded with her plan of action. It’s not that I was naïve about the risk of suicide. I’d worked on a...

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There is Help for the Depressed

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by David ElseroadSeptember 11, 2014 . The man in our counseling suite described a life that would be the envy of many: happily married, with wonderful children and grandchildren, a beautiful home (mortgage paid!), and an early retirement with a generous pension and plenty of time for his favorite pastimes. Yet there he sat glum and downcast. He’d had to drag himself to the session. He didn’t want to get out of bed in the morning. He had little interest in the activities he used to enjoy, golf and fishing, even playing with his grandkids. He was depressed, and had been so for months....

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