Freedom from Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks

When I was 9 years old, I experienced my first panic attack, and at 27, my last. Decades later, I can say I have been through the gloom of depression, the tension of OCD, the turmoil of ADD/ADHD (not just in myself, but in others close to me as well). I have weathered countless storms… Continue reading Freedom from Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks

The Perils of Autopilot

A couple of weeks back, a pilot of a commercial airliner, while in flight, experienced cardiac arrest and died. With the assistance of his co-pilot and the jet’s built-in autopilot system, the plane was fortunately guided down safely onto the tarmac without incident (so skillfully, in fact, that the passengers were surprised to learn about… Continue reading The Perils of Autopilot

Singer-Songwriter Dan Hill Speaks Candidly On Mental Health

In a recent MacLeans Magazine article (October 14, 2010), Dan Hill (“Sometimes When We Touch”) shares openly about his and his family’s experiences under the care of Mental Health professionals. Dan’s transparency and vulnerability, as he once again steps out from behind the curtain of privacy and self-protection, helps to further strip away the stigma… Continue reading Singer-Songwriter Dan Hill Speaks Candidly On Mental Health

Attitude is Altitude: Nick Vujicic

Imagine being born without arms.   No arms to wrap around someone, no hands to experience touch, or to hold another hand with. Or what about being born without legs? Having no ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand on two feet.   Now put both of those scenarios together: no arms and no legs. What… Continue reading Attitude is Altitude: Nick Vujicic

Every Winter do you feel S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Depression Disorder)?

It’s January. Christmas is over. New Years is past. The days are short, the weather cold. With much of winter yet ahead and the overwhelming urge to remain indoors in the warmth, physical exercise is not foremost on most people’s agendas. Crawling back into bed is a lot more appealing, this time of year.

What some are experiencing at this time, physicians call “Seasonal Affective Disorder,” or SAD. It is a form of depression that affects countless individuals annually. Lethargy, listlessness, lack of motivation, sadness, overwhelmedness, fatigue, and crankiness/annoyance include some of the more common symptoms of SAD.

A Spiritual Mindset

Stress, anxiety and depression can all cause the Christian to forget that God is present and that He is sovereign, and reliance on self instead of the mercies of God, can result in a state of overwhelmedness.

Christian Mindfulness Meditation

Because you paid attention, moment-by-moment to what the other person was really saying, you will have a greater recall of the relevant details of their life, because auto-pilot is disengaged. Is this not what God calls us to do, to have deep love and concern for others, enough that we involve our minds in what matters to them?