Are You S.A.D.?

Contrary to my plan, I did end up writing a couple more depression posts. This one was requested by several readers, first published on Feb. 8, 2013.

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One of the suggestion I received this past week was to write something about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Since we are just now starting to come out of the darkest days of winter, it’s an appropriate topic for today’s Friday Depression post, which I’m going to start categorizing simply as “Counseling Issues.”

I remember my parents mentioning someone being “shack happy” or having “cabin fever.”  We’ve all heard of “being in the Doldrums,” which relates back to the days of sailing ships that would be caught sometimes for weeks in a completely still part of the tropics–not a wisp of a breeze, like being caught in an endless moment of time. Hot sun, no clouds, no rain, no wind, and a ship that wasn’t nearly large enough to keep men from grinding on each other’s last nerve.

The other two terms, cabin fever and shack happy, derive from a…

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Grief and Depression

Grief almost always includes some depression along the way to healing. It’s normal. This article was first posted on Feb. 1, 2013.

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I believe this will be the final Friday Depression post.  I’m thinking of moving on to other counseling topics, and I would love your input.  If there is something you’d like to suggest as a future post, please comment here, or on my page, or via Facebook or email.  I really hope you’ll help me out with some ideas.  The response to these Friday posts has been so encouraging to me.  I’d like to continue with something else that will be helpful.

Today, I want to address how depression and grief are closely related. In my practice, I often see widows or widowers who are so deeply grieving that they can hardly function in their daily lives.  They come to counseling hoping to find out what is wrong with them, and when I say, “There is nothing wrong with you.  You are experiencing a normal grief reaction to the deepest…

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