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All articles & reviews tagged with mental-health

News

February 2020
News > Conferences

Christian perspectives on mental health at education conference

In recent years mental health has become a high-profile issue, especially among young people. Thanks to the pervasive presence of social media, the youth of today are under unrelenting pressure to conform and to be ‘liked’. Additionally, the absence of moral absolutes and the prominence of the LGBT+ agenda have compounded confusion in the…

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Article

February 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Depression: a wimp of a word

William Styron was an award-winning US novelist, who is most well-known for Sophie’s Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner. I haven’t read these. To me, he is the man who wrote lucidly about his depressive illness in his short book Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. Based on an ancient Greek theory of…

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Review

November 2019
Reviews > Book

From the Psychiatrist’s Chair: Selected Works of Dr Monty Barker

This is a collection of essays by a Christian psychiatrist who originally delivered them as lectures, sermons and papers in different contexts. There are twenty chapters, each of about ten pages, divided into different sections, reflecting its disparate genesis: the family, health, the workplace, the pastoral ministry and cross-cultural mission. Thus a wide range…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A shrink thinks… Pastor vs psychiatrist?

Am I in conflict with myself? I am not referring to Romans 7 and wrestling with my sin, but rather to a potential role conflict. As both a serving elder with some pastoral responsibility and a practising consultant psychiatrist, do I experience a tension between these two roles? Do I find that my ‘psychiatrist…

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Article

June 2006
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

BROKEN MINDS – THE PROBLEM OF DEPRESSION

David Gregson reflects on a recent book by Steve and Robyn Bloem In 1985, American Steve Bloem was about to make a final visit 'with a view' to what seemed a very suitable and attractive church in Florida. He had a wife and a young family and had successfully passed through Bible seminary. Up…

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Article

December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Mental breakdown

My clearest memories of childhood are images of violence and fear. With my sisters, I watched helplessly as my father, in his drunken rages, beat and abused my mother. I remember when this became too much for me and, as an eight year old, I rushed at my father crying, 'Stop it, stop it…

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