depression

Margin Call (R): Movie Review.

[Okay, this is really only like 25% movie review, 75% my hypothesizing about systemic ills that cause significantly societal dysfunction] Margin Call is a 2011 film with an a great ensemble cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Simon Baker, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, and Aasif Mandvi amongst others. It provides …

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Hero of the Day: Mark Rutland.

Within Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) there is a sub-type known as “scrupulosity” or “religious OCD” – and it is one nasty monster. I’ve been afflicted with it since early childhood and during my early college years I almost dropped out, left the faith, and probably verged on institutionalization due to it. Since then I’ve learned …

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My Fisher Wallace Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulator Has Arrived!

I came home from working at the church and noticed a small package on the front steps. I couldn’t remember anything of this size I had ordered, so I walked inside and slide it open – to my surprise, there was the Fisher Wallace Stimulator! I’d purchased it on Tuesday (7/9) and received it the …

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Surviving the Darkness: A Crash Course in Muddling Through Anxiety, Depression, and So On.

Introduction [I originally published this post in April of 2013. Since then it has undergone a few minor revisions. Today I am doing a more extensive review – rephrasing things that might have been obtuse and sometimes expanding upon what I have said in order to clarify  certain topics. Additionally I have added an additional resources …

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Fiction Book Review: The Bride Collector (Author: Ted Dekker).

The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker tells the story of an FBI agent (Brad Raines) who is in rabid pursuit of a serial killer known only as The Bride Collector. In the process Brad forms an unlikely alliance with several patients of a residential mental health facility – who in their own awkward ways assist …

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Being Sick Well: Joyful Living Despite Chronic Illness (Dr. Jeffrey H. Boyd)

Today I spent 1.5 hours in one of my favorite places in the world – a library – specifically my alma mater and employer’s library – Cairn University. I went in just to pick up a few books on worship for my sermon on Sunday but then walked the aisles of books, finally leaving with …

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Book Review: Against Depression (Peter D. Kramer).

Introduction: Against Depression by Peter D. Kramer is an astonishing volume. It is not your standard work on a mental disorder – in fact, the title is both misleading and exactly on point. Against Depression is not so much about explaining and treating depression as it is a polemic literally against depression. Kramer effortlessly skips …

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