Commenter Mark on how the church is helping those with mental illness

Speaking of taking comments to blog posts, Mark gave us this one regarding therapists. Secular culture has a lot of catching up to do in this regard. There are churches that offer free courses on lay counseling as a Sunday School curriculum. So, what you get is armies of people equipped at a basic level [Read More...]

Question about health insurance

I’ve swapped emails with a reader of this site for about a year now.  She is anorexic and has made tremendous strides in getting better.  She saw a doctor, got meds, and has been doing great.  Props to her for having the gumption to get help, it’s not easy. However, she just sent me this [Read More...]

Darrel Ray on the Therapist Project

In response to some of the comments on my post yesterday announcing the launch of the Therapist Project, Dr. Ray submitted the following guest post. Reading some of the comments from JT’s post on our new initiative, The Therapist Project, I thought I would clarify its purpose and discuss the greater issue of religion’s place [Read More...]

Wellbutrin: not going well

Today marks my second day on Wellbutrin, which was prescribed to help me focus. It is sapping my energy, slowing me down mentally, and today I have been angry at everything, even at people close to me, and I’ve been hallucinating all day (same ol’ with my reflection).  I know I’m openly angry about things [Read More...]

Launch of the Therapist Project

Dr. Darrel Ray has been secretly laying the groundwork for a monumental undertaking.  Yesterday, it launched. It is called “The Therapist Project” and it kicks the ass of literally every person on planet earth and their ancestors. If you are looking for a secular mental health professional, this is the first place to look. Through [Read More...]

It's not all bad: mental illness edition

I got this email a few days ago.  Re-reading it makes me feel a little better about battling my particular mental illness publicly. I just wanted to thank you and Christina for your openness about your mental illness. Two weeks ago I went to the doctor and got treatment for my anxiety/depression. For the first time [Read More...]

Mental illness update: new meds

I take SSRIs.  They keep me stable, but there are downsides.  For one, they make me fuzzy and easily distracted.  The best description I’ve ever heard is that it’s like thinking through cotton.  It makes it hard to quickly recall facts, it makes me slower to solve puzzles.  However, the benefit of not being controlled [Read More...]

Zvan on psychology as a science

Last week I posted an email from a grad student in psychology detailing their efforts to document which schools are teaching bullshit under the guise of science in that field. It’s a noble and necessary endeavor. Psych grad and fellow FtBer Stephanie Zvan wrote up her own experience and posted it.  It’s a tremendous read [Read More...]

The state of evidence-based therapy in colleges and how you can help make it better

I once posted a guest entry from Patty Guzikowski about how to find a therapist for atheists.  In it she discussed evidence-based treatment in psychology and how it is not the default means of treating people with mental illnesses. Well, today I received the following email.  If you are a psychology student, take particular note. [Read more...]

Mental illness update

While we’re on the subject of mental health, I’ve had a lot of people asking how I’ve been doing.  Well, here’s an update on my end. I’m doing well.  My episodes for the last few months have been mild and unworthy of report, quite a difference from what they were even up to the end [Read More...]