Mary Beth Chapman with her husband, Steven Curtis Chapman, a famed Christian singer/songwriter, have been open about their struggles as a couple and their loss of a young son in a freak car accident. This article by Mary Beth Chapman relates her discovery of her clinical depression and her journey to manage the illness that… Read More Discovering Your Depression
In an Aletia post of this same title, Fr. Michael Rennier discusses the particularly intense loneliness in the life of Dorothy Day – and ways she dealt with it. Excerpt: Known for her social activism on behalf of the poor and her commitment to peace and nonviolence, Dorothy Day inspired countless people by her life and… Read More Four Ways Dorothy Day Overcame Loneliness – And You Can Too
Christian writer Brandon Peach writes in The Relevant Magazine about the misunderstandings that persist among Christians regarding depression and anxiety. As a sufferer managing both, he has particularly keen insights, including into how prayer and Scripture can help someone suffering with depression or anxiety but is not the answer for dealing with what is a… Read More Five Myths About Depression That Persist in the Church
Survivors of abuse – and those who love them – need to create a patchwork of support, including therapists and pastoral care, but also trauma-informed health care providers, friends and others. Each patchwork is unique to an individual’s needs and is uniquely each individual’s responsibility. No one can create that patchwork of people for a… Read More Creating Your Patchwork of Support
With Holy Week upon us, so too, it seems, are news stories that trouble the hearts of all those who have suffered child abuse, especially child abuse by clergy. This news also strikes at the hearts of all those who are dedicated to child protection programs in the Catholic Church. While the editors here do… Read More Hang in There, Holy Week
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Excerpt for our Christmas 2017 Issue Seasonal Affective Disorder: Diagnosing and Treating a Seasonal Blueness HELPGUIDE.ORG Layered on top of many of our struggles with chronic psychological and physical illness, the holidays fall at a dark time of year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. The shorter days and colder weather of winter… Read More Feeling SAD?
By Sooz Jeson Last December I lost a close friend who had suffered from Lupus for years. Last July I had to say goodbye to a dear friend who moved to the other side of our continent. A day later, I laid down my beautiful sweet cat Lily for the last time who suffered beyond… Read More Un-distant Connections
By Kathy O’Connell My support group is fewer than those of others. It consists of the Victim Assistance Coordinator of our diocese, a few dear priests, my therapist and my dear friends at The Healing Voices Magazine. However, although there are few people in my support system, they are mighty. I know anytime I need… Read More My Mighty Network of Support