Mental Health and Self-Medicating

Mental Health and Self-Medicating

I feel like the universe, or someone, something, whatever, is pushing me to pay attention to this subject. Over the last couple of months, I’ve had multiple conversations about addiction, specifically about using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. The variety of stories that I’ve heard, some first hand, others not, seem to have many things…

Yes You Do Know Someone With Mental Health Issues

Almost two years ago I wrote about the prevalence of childhood abuse and told you that you know victims of childhood sexual abuse. I told you plainly then, that given the statistics, there’s almost a 100% chance that someone you know, someone you work with, someone you go to school with or someone in your…

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Do Evangelicals Really Believe No Treatment is Needed for Mental Illness?

According to a recent study, many of them do. About half, in fact agreed with this statement: “With just Bible study and prayer, ALONE, people with serious mental illness like depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia could overcome mental illness.” Now, I hesitate to quote from any study like this and use it to pass judgement…

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Healing Isn’t a Smooth Timeline

One of the things I frequently hear from survivors when they are struggling in an area of their healing is “I’ve been at this for ‘x’ years, shouldn’t I be past this?”, or other similar sentiments. Or, sometimes they will talk about how things with their healing were going along nicely, and for the last…

What to Say

I saw this advice about what to say to someone who’s currently unemployed on the Manager Tools blog this week, and it reminded me very much of how I felt after I had a fugue episode and was in therapy and on medication. Paul went on to say that since he left his job, it’s…

Re-learning how to live

I’ve talked a bit here about how much depression, especially the dissociative disorder I suffered from, is similar to alcohol or drug abuse. No, obviously there are big differences but both are the result of self-destructive behavior and act as a coping mechanism. My response to pain, suffering, stress, etc. was to dissociate, turn the…