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How to Handle Toxic Facebook Friends

How to Handle Toxic Facebook Friends

Let’s face it–Facebook attracts some toxic people and you need to know how to handle toxic people on Facebook. Whether they’re posting belittling comments or mocking any honest, heartfelt post, they leave you feeling worse than before you read their comment. There are three major types of toxic people on Facebook, and the good news is there are ways to deal with people with issues. Here are the three toxic people on Facebook and how to handle them.

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Faith and Mental Health Stigma

Faith and Mental Health Stigma

It is always sad when faith and mental health stigma go hand in hand (Abused for Christ: When Religion Becomes Painful). Recently I was interviewed by a reporter about the stigma attached to mental health in a faith community.

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Mental Health Advice From a Tarot Reading

Mental Health Advice From a Tarot Reading

Recently I got mental health advice from a tarot reading. I’ll be the first to admit I’m skeptical about tarot (Alternative Mental Health Information). But recently I got a reading that was empowering. The reading had three pieces of mental health advice I will share since they’re good for everyone to know.

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Three Myths Some Religious People Believe about Depression

Three Myths Some Religious People Believe about Depression

Religious people may believe myths about depression. But God gave us doctors and free will to use them. What are the myths about depression? Read this.

There are three myths some religious people believe about depression. Recently, I was on a panel discussing mental illness at a church. One individual said that we could get over depression because, “some people make their own depression” and, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It brought back several memories of how this kind of thinking nearly destroyed my life. The best way to fight these depression and mental health myths is through education, so here are three myths some religious people believe about depression.

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Mental Health Needs of the Native American Community

Mental Health Needs of the Native American Community

What are the mental health needs of the Native American community? At first, I was hesitant to write this because although I have Cherokee ancestry, I’m of mixed blood and not enrolled (my blood quantum is too low). But this morning on a news site, I saw that 11 members of a Canadian First Nation attempted suicide on Saturday night alone, causing the tribe to declare a state of emergency.1 

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Domestic Violence and Why People Stay: Religious Reasons

Domestic Violence and Why People Stay: Religious Reasons

One thing that constantly frustrates mental health professionals who deal with domestic violence is why people stay. As a domestic violence survivor, I have some insight into why people stay in domestic violence situations. There are three major religious reasons why people in a domestic violence situation stay: the belief that marriage must be preserved, the belief that men are supposed to be dominant and women are supposed to be submissive, and the belief that women are basically evil.

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Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Secular Counselors

Why We Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Secular Counselors

Professionalism is one reason why we shouldn’t be afraid of secular (non-religious) counselors. When the Duggar family discovered their son Josh was molesting his sisters and a family friend, they considered going to the police until a family friend told them “government” programs were not a good way to treat Josh’s sexual misconduct (What Is Rape? Was I Raped?). As a result, rather than sending Josh to a competent therapist, they sent him to build houses for a few months. Sadly, fear and mistrust of secular counselors is common in the religious community. This mistrust stems from the belief that social workers will take your children away if you spank them or that the therapist will be hostile to a person’s faith. Therapists are even derogatorily referred to as “alphabet soup,” but we shouldn’t be afraid of secular counselors. 

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Mental Illness Lies Some Christians Believe

Mental Illness Lies Some Christians Believe

Recently, I remembered the time I was kicked off a mission trip to Mexico because of my “demonic influence” (depression). It’s a wound that has not yet fully healed, largely because it altered my career path (I was going to become a missionary until my diagnosis became a big red flag). Many christians believe three lies about mental illness.

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