Lori Alexander’s Way or the Highway? Silencing the Depressed

Spiritual Sounding Board has a posting today concerning the recent blog post of Lori Alexander's we quoted here for our Quoting Quiverfull feature. It is the one where Lori is handing out advice on to happ-happ-happy your way out of depression titled "Suicide and Depression Skyrocketing Among Women"Lori wasn't content to blame this trend on feminism and non-submissive women. She spent much of the post denigrating those that suffer from mental health issues. But none of that was the big problem. As usual it was the comments, comments from women expressing  that they suffer from suicidal thoughts or some form of depression. Lori replied to them, in ways so dismissively that I would venture … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Depression is Demonic

by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife - Make Sure Your Heart is Happy in GodEditor's note: While Alexander does not come right out and say the words that she think depression is demonic she sure implies in by her words here. No helpful advice here either, nothing about seeking professional help, or even doing something as simple as getting a full physical to make sure there's not something amiss in your health driving the depression. I know I've said this many times but my own husband suffered from depression for years, while people at our church kept saying the same shaming, blaming and dangerously untrue things Lori is spouting here, making him feel worse. Turned out he had a … [Read more...]

Questioning the Pearls: I’m Angry at Her Attitude?

For well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Dress Yourself Out of Depression?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Ready To GoEditor's note: Nancy is saying this to mothers, but from here it reads like some sort of perhaps advice to depressed ladies. Get up and get dressed. Don't drag around in your bathrobe and nightgown! Tell yourself how hap-hap-happy you are! Deny your reality, deny that you're so depressed that going back to bed seems like a great option not long after you get up. Paste on that grin! … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 2 – A Woman’s Pride Kills Marriages?

by April Cassidy from The Peaceful Wife - The Surprising Root of All Marriage ProblemsEditor's note - In her first bit we were treated to the spectacle of a list outlining sociopathy as mere pride. Now there's a different type of pride list - false humility. These all sound much more like depression and possible mental illness than the psychopathy of the first list. My point being, mental illnesses, while they do make marriage bumpier, aren't freaking PRIDE! Evangelical Christianity loves to equate mental unhealth with sin and this just is not true in the slightest. Again, if someone you or yourself feels like either list there is help. Many communities have locally funded mental health … [Read more...]

Dr. Patrick Johnson and His Dangerous Advice to Depressives

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserDr. Patrick Johnston is an Ohio family practice physician, founder of the Association of Pro-life Physicians, and the director of Personhood Ohio. He and his wife have nine children, all of whom are homeschooled. Several years ago, Johnston wrote a rebuttal to a post that I published about my views on abortion and personhood laws. Johnston believes there are no justifiable reasons for women to have abortions. Rape? Nope. Incest? Nope. Life of the mother? Nope or maybe. Severe physical malformation? Nope. Ectopic(tubal) pregnancy? Nope Huh? That’s right, Johnston does not think women should have access to ab … [Read more...]

A Few Thoughts About Mental Illness and Depression

by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserOriginally written 2011, edited, corrected.At the age of 54, my mother turned a .357 magnum Ruger revolver toward her chest and pulled the trigger. The bullet tore a hole in her heart and in a few moments she was dead. Mom had tried to kill herself many times before. This time she succeeded (please see the post Barbara).When I was 11, Dad had to call for an emergency squad because Mom had taken several bottles of prescription drugs. They rushed her to the hospital and pumped her stomach, and she survived to die another day. Later in the year, Mom and the neighbor lady were in a serious automobile … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Blaming Parents Attitudes?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Bad AttitudeEditor's note: So how do you think Michael's advice here to a wife that feels her husband looks at her with disappointment relates to that horrible honeymoon story of Michael's endless sex, cooking and crabbing he forced Debi to do until she collapsed in the shower? Was that a positive thing, or was he doing some things that could induce some sort of depression? Why would anyone ever head this guy's advice on anything? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Miscarriage is Caused by ‘Emotions’?

by Andrew Wommack at Raw Story - TV Faith Healer: Women Have Miscarriages Because They Don't Obey God's Law About Being Too EmotionalEditor's note: With this piece I think I've seen every imaginable blame assigned to women by Christian Patriarchs now. This is vile and extremely hurtful to the many women who have suffered the pain of miscarriage, particularly those who've lost babies they wanted with all their hearts. Miscarriages happen for all sorts of reasons, sometimes no one knows the why, but emotions don't cause them. What he says at the beginning in the clip on Raw Story about depression and mental illness is even worse. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Part 4 – Selfish Momma Dooms Children?

by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy - Broken CirclesEditor's note: Finally Michael goes on to blame men too, but only one short bit calling them 'sissies'. He is also claiming that women that do not toe his theological stay in a bad marriage or else line are depressed and angry. That might be, but staying in a bad situation is way more likely to make you depressed or angry. … [Read more...]