Catholics and Mental Illness: Are we doing enough? The Conversation Continues…

St. Dymphna, Patroness of Mental Health, Pray for Us.

Research tends to show that Christians–especially pastors– struggle to know how to support those struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.  Catholics tend to fare a little better than evangelicals in this regard (because we tend to be less suspicious of psychotherapy), but it tends to be a mixed bag. As part of Faith on the Couch's ongoing look into how well we, as Catholics, support those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health … [Read more...]

Catholics and Mental Illness: Are We Doing Enough?

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Research tends to show that Christians--especially pastors-- struggle to know how to support those struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.  Catholics tend to fare a little better than evangelicals in this regard (because we tend to be less suspicious of psychotherapy), but it tends to be a mixed bag. Last week, I asked readers who were struggling with depression, anxiety, or other emotional issues to share their experiences with receiving support from the … [Read more...]

Catholics & Depression, Anxiety, & Mental/Emotional Illness. What is Your Experience?

St. Dymphna, Patroness of Sufferers of Mental Illness, Pray for Us.

For the Christian, mental illness is especially difficult. Depression, Anxiety, and other mental and emotional disorders are often characterized by Christians as moral, spiritual, or characterological failings.  Christians often feel that we should be able to pray away emotional struggles.  Likewise, we're often afraid to seek secular counselors because they might not support our faith journeys.  Further, although Catholic pastors tend to be more accepting of the reality of mental illness … [Read more...]


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