Ray Comfort capitalizing on a man’s suicide to spread lies about mental illness and life.

Ralph Barton was a popular cartoonist who shot himself in 1931.  Ray Comfort is now using his suicide to dig at atheists and, in doing so, to elevate Christianity. Makes sense since no Christian has ever committed suicide.  Wait a minute… Sadly, if Comfort had bothered to do any research, he would’ve learned that the [Read More...]

Prayer: neglect without shame.

Reading the prayer requests on Mark Shea’s blog always fills me with bewilderment.  For one, their prayers seem like an indictment on the same god they worship for being oh-so-good.  I mean, you can’t think that you’re bringing the situation to god’s attention.  If the guy’s all knowing, he has surely been aware of whatever [Read More...]

Placebo effect works in psychology too. God must exist.

Saw an article on Hemant’s blog this morning.  A recent study in the Journal of Affective Disorders concludes that religious belief makes people feel better about their recoveries from mental disorders. Over all, those who rated their spiritual belief as most important to them appeared to be less depressed after treatment than those with little [Read More...]

Stephen Fry opens up about his suicide attempt and subsequent treatment.

Stephen Fry has published a piece on his website talking about his suicide attempt last year and the mental illness that provoked it. Some people, as some people always will, cannot understand that depression (or in my case cyclothymia, a form of bipolar disorder) is an illness and they are themselves perhaps the sufferers of [Read More...]

Mental illness in another person we all admire.

You will not find a more perspicacious, able, and kind person in the atheist movement than Amanda Knief of American Atheists.  Combine that with a heavy dose of humility and you have pretty much the most admirable person in the biz. I’ve asked Amanda if I could share her facebook status from the other day [Read More...]

Severe depression and the magic of medicine.

I’m going to take a day off to hang out with my fiancee and my brother.  However, I did want to post this one thing.  Eight months ago I received an email from a guy, let’s call him John Wayne, who was suffering from severe depression. Hi JT, Big fan, longtime follower. I’m sure you [Read More...]

The tightrope walk of recovery.

Minus only a couple bad days with food over the last year, I’ve been about as recovered as any anorexic could ever hope to be.  When we hear someone say “recovered” we tend to think that they’re are back to normal with their illness far behind them.  I wish that’s what I meant, but sadly [Read More...]

First depressive episode in a while.

For those who don’t know, I am a recovering anorexic with depression and hallucinations when I’m in the middle of an episode.  in 2011 I decided to write openly about my condition and also when I’m in a bad spot to give solidarity to other people in my shoes and to provide some perspective for [Read More...]

Rick Warren did what he could, but mental illness claims another victim.

As many of you have likely read, Rick Warren’s son committed suicide.  This is the kind of thing I would never wish even upon my enemies.  A parent should never have to bury a child.  Hemant says pretty much what is on my mind (I strongly recommend reading his whole post): We should be grateful [Read More...]

God is not the solution to eating disorders.

Will of Godless Teens had a group come into his school to talk about overeating disorders.  Awesome!  The later high school years are when a lot of eating disorders pop up. However, like charity often works with the Catholic church, combating real problems, in this case, was an excuse to talk about god.  The group [Read More...]


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