13 Signs of Mania or Hypomania (mild mania)

Here are some of the signs of mania or hypomania: 1.   Exaggerated elation, rapid, unpredictable mood changes 2.   Irritability, impatience with others who can’t keep up with you 3.   Inability to sleep, not needing sleep, too busy to sleep and not being tired the next day 4.   Big plans, inflated self-esteem, exaggerated self-importance, impulsive overspending […] Read more »

6 Signs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Here are the six signs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: 1.   Recurring intrusive and persisting disturbing thoughts that cause anxiety and distress 2.   The thoughts are unrelated to actual events 3.   You try to stop the thoughts with another thought or action 4.   You are aware that the thoughts are untrue and from your own mind 5.   […] Read more »

6 Signs of Anxiety

Do you have excessive or unrealistic anxiety and worry about a number of events or activities?  Has it been noticeable on most days for at least six months?  Is it difficult to control or “turn off” the worry? On most days in the past six months have you felt: 1.   Restless, keyed up, or on […] Read more »

8 Possible Signs of Dysthymia

Dysthymia is a milder form of depression that is just as treatable as depression and with the same medications. Here are some signs. 1.   Depressed mood most of the time for most days for at least two years with at least two of the following symptoms. 2.   Poor appetite or overeating 3.   Insomnia or oversleeping […] Read more »

14 Possible Signs of Depression

Compare yourself to the symptoms listed below.  If you see yourself being described, you should take this list to your physician and discuss it with him or her. 14 Possible Signs of Depression At least five of the following symptoms need to be present every day for at least two weeks when there is no […] Read more »

The Problems of Not Dealing with Emotional Wounds

Untold people have lost marriages and careers because they were in a spiritual home that did not allow them the privilege of addressing their emotional wounds.  I have known of married couples who were told that the whole problem in their marriage was based on the wife’s non-submissive character. So, the wife tried harder. And […] Read more »

The Definition of Insanity

Have you heard the definition of “insanity” used in the Twelve Step movement?  Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result! We don’t like to think of ourselves as insane, but sometimes we appear that way. We keep doing things the same way, but somehow expect different results. In Church […] Read more »

My Story – Part 2

Another positive in my first year as a follower of Jesus was that I discovered that a few of the gals I hung around with were actually Bible-believing Christians themselves. So, I had a ready-made discipleship group.  With some others, we started a Bible study group at our high school that grew to about twenty […] Read more »

My Story – Part 1

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. That’s how I remember the first year of so after becoming a Christian.  I remember the great peace in knowing that God loved me and had some purpose for me being here.  Coupled with that, I remember being confused. Had I just joined […] Read more »

Is Today Any Different From Past Generations for Mental Illness?

I can’t say that the current generation experiences more relational trauma than any other time in history. Family units disintegrated generations ago, too, albeit in a different, yet not any less traumatic, manner. The average life expectancy of males in 1851 was about 40 years, compared with 42 years for females.  This had profound implications […] Read more »