Ft. Hood Shooting: Let’s Not Blame the SSRIs, Okay?

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Before starting, my prayers go out to the victims in the Ft. Hood shooting, including the shooter himself, who appears to have been suffering from mental illness. Their families are dealing with an unbearable and senseless loss. May God hold them in His hands and comfort them. This post, however, is about something else. I [Read More...]

The Congressional Stenographer and the Holy Spirit UPDATED

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When I first heard that a congressional stenographer had grabbed a microphone and started ranting about Masonic conspiracies on the floor of the House, I assumed she’d had some sort of mental break. That’s always a safe guess when people deviate from the script in public, and it wasn’t helped by the lack of clear [Read More...]

“Go and learn what this means…”

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“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners. That’s Jesus, quoting Hosea. In my post on the suicide of Matthew Warren, I focused on the mercy of God, as is proper in the wake of a tragedy. There’s more that can be said about the mentally ill, [Read More...]

The Mysterious Joy of Matthew Warren

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Let us begin with prayer: Heavenly Father, bring healing to the parents, family, friends, and community of your son Matthew in this time of grief. May the light of your Divine Mercy banish the darkness with which he struggled, and may this same mercy see him into your kingdom. We ask all these things through [Read More...]

New Imaging Reveals Unexpected Order in the Brain

This detail from a DSI scan shows a fabric-like 3-D grid structure of connections in monkey brain. Credit: Van Wedeen, M.D., Martinos Center and Dept. of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University Medical School

National Institute of Mental Health Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D. calls the image above “a high resolution wiring diagram of our brains.” Well, sort of, but I won’t fault the guy for reaching for a bit of overstatement in order to produce a pithy soundbite, and what the team has accomplished is pretty dang amazing. [Read More...]

St. Dymphna: Out of the Shadows of Mental Illness

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This was the first thing I wrote for Patheos, two years ago. It’s about St. Dymphna, the patron saint of those with “nervous disorders”: in other words, the mentally ill. She’s a tough saint to love: The problem for anyone with a devotion to St. Dymphna is that her story may be mere legend, embellished [Read More...]


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