Secular Therapy Project selects a new director!

One of the things I most support in the atheist movement is the Secular Therapy Project.  People don’t need a therapist who isn’t using evidence-based therapy or who is using their position as a therapist to evangelize to people at their weakest moments. I got a press release in my inbox this morning announcing that [Read More…]

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The pull toward obsession.

I know lately I’ve added a lot of new readers to my blog recently, so for back story you need to know that I’m a recovering anorexic (both nervosa and athletica).  Years ago I pledged to be open about my struggles with mental illness, a promise I haven’t always lived up to perfectly, but I [Read More…]

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On the invisibility of depression.

So, I haven’t written a mental health post in a while.  I guess I’m due. I just posted the pictures from the Apostacon debate.  It was a blast.  Lots of smiles, lots of good times.  While posting them it occurred to me that, even to myself, depression and other mental illnesses are often invisible.  And [Read More…]

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Pastor Jonathan Shuttlesworth blames lack of Christ for Robin Williams’ suicide.

In the process of doing the whole “homosexuality is wicked” song and dance on his Revival Today broadcast Pastor Jonathan Shuttlesworth took a moment to blame Robin Williams’ suicide on lack of Jesus: “When you see Robin Williams hang himself, that lets you know that no matter how much success you have, it is not [Read More…]

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Michaelyn on Godless rEvolution talking about mental health.

Michaelyn was on the most recent episode of the Godless rEvolution Podcast talking about mental health.  Give it a listen: [Read more…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: Today’s session.

You’d think for somebody with overpowering body issues the presence of attractive people of the opposite sex (for a straight bloke like me) making strong moves on me would help fix things. That happened this last weekend.  Twice.  And it didn’t. In both cases I just got distracted and paranoid.  I felt inadequate the moment [Read More…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: I see affection as a competition.

It was a good therapy session this morning.  “Harold” pushes me hard to explore my underlying perception of the world which might play into my eating disorder. I realized today that I view affection as a competition, which probably goes back to high school when I received little of it from my peers.  To this [Read More…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS & PERSONAL: Pictures of my brain.

I recently participated in an fMRI study being done by a neuroscientist at the University of Kansas under whom my wife studied.  They were looking for people with my affliction and, since I will never be a neuroscientist and able to help create cures for people like me in that capacity, I was excited to [Read More…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: Time to go be a lab rat.

The time has come for me to take off for Kansas City.  I’ve signed up to be a test subject in an fMRI study dealing with clinical depression.  I’m honestly more giddy about this than I thought I would be. First, I get pictures of my brain.  Michaelyn has pictures of her brain.  We’re going [Read More…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: Today’s session.

Sorry for the late start, I just got out of my third session with “Harold.” Both therapists I’ve seen at KU start sessions by asking me if there’s anything I want to work on.  This always seems so strange to me.  It’s like sitting down with a doctor and having him ask, “What treatment do [Read More…]

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