Doesn’t that seem like a strange thing to say; give yourself permission? When we were children, we had to ask our parents for permission to do something or go somewhere.  As adults, we don’t usually have to ask for permission unless it’s time off from our job or from some responsibility.  In general, however, we …

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Helping others

There was a time when I did not want anyone to know I struggled with depression and especially that I had to take medication for it.  Throughout my life, I’ve always been concerned with what others thought about me.  I felt if people knew I was depressed and I needed medication to help me, I …

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Standards set as a child by parents can carry into adulthood.  If you were scolded because you didn’t make good enough grades or were always getting in trouble for something, you feel one of two things.  You may feel like you don’t measure up to anyone’s standards and/or you may feel like you don’t even …

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When life is going well, it is easy to be thankful, right?  However, when depression, anxiety, or any mental illness seems to take over our lives, sometimes being thankful is usually not the first thing we think of. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV) Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for …

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Be Still?!

The definition of still is 1) not moving or making a sound, 2) deep silence and calm. For me, I can come home after work and sit still i.e. not move or make a sound.  I can watch a movie and not move.  The problem I have with being still is when I’m depressed.  I …

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