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

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 prob … [Read more...]

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Catholics and Mental Illness: Are We Doing Enough?

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 Church a … [Read more...]

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

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 and … [Read more...]

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