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Tag Archives: Bipolar Disorder
“A gateway drug to the devil”
A young wife and teacher nearly ends up dead after following the counsel of a pastor and his wife to stop taking psychiatric medications that were helping her to lead a productive life. This is spiritual abuse. Continue reading
What if medication is a tool that helps us resist sin?
Could we argue that medication (or other treatment) that enhances our ability to avoid sin or to do good might be a useful tool for the individual Christian? Further, could we argue that the decision to take medication under such circumstances is God-honoring? Continue reading
The Silent Fighter…
The depths still loom. They threaten. They seduce. They fight back, grasping at your feet. But your fight, the teaspoons you have gathered into your body, says, “I cannot let you take me. I cannot.” No explanation, just blind trust and hope that your fight and your faith will lead you to better waters. Continue reading
Kimberlie Zakarian…When an invisible disability meets pediatric bipolar disorder
During those times, not one person from the church we were at came to visit or pray with me. My guess is that they perhaps did not know how to handle mental illness. Walking those early years alone as a parent of a child with bipolarity led to depression and trauma on my part. This is the trauma many parents of children with hidden disabilities endure. Continue reading
Treatment doesn’t eliminate the need for ongoing support…
Clearly, good treatment can help the vast majority of kids and families impacted by mental illness. But treatment doesn’t always work as well as we would hope in the fallen, messed-up world we live in. And families need our support through every step of their journey. Continue reading
Posted in ADHD, Advocacy, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Families, Key Ministry, Mental Health, Strategies Tagged anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, chronic illness, church, Depression, Disability Ministry, Inclusion, Key Ministry, mental illness, Stephen Grcevich MD, support, treatment Leave a comment
What does “executive functioning” have to do with kids and church?
Through identifying the other challenges executive functioning weaknesses present to a person’s ability to maintain an ongoing pattern of involvement with a local church, we hope to assist leaders in designing ministry environments and developing supports to welcome kids and families who were “unsuccessful” in previous experiences of church and strengthen their connection to the local church once they become attenders. Continue reading
Posted in ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Hidden Disabilities, Inclusion, Intellectual Disabilities, Key Ministry Tagged ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, children's ministry, church, Disability Ministry, executive functioning, Inclusion, intellectual disabilities, Key Ministry, trauma, youth ministry Leave a comment
If this were your kid…
I’ll try to share some general answers to the “If this were your kid” question pertaining to medication on the basis of diagnosis and clinical presentation. Continue reading
Posted in ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Controversies, Depression, Families, Hidden Disabilities, Key Ministry, Mental Health Tagged ADHD, aggression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, child psychiatry, church, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Depression, if this were your kid, Inclusion, Key Ministry, medication, tic disorders Leave a comment
How long will my child need medication?
We’d like to think that medication can be a temporary tool to help kids through a rough patch of development. Sometimes that’s true. Sometimes it’s not. Continue reading
Posted in ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Families, Mental Health Tagged ADHD, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Disability Ministry, Inclusion, Key Ministry, kids, medication, teens 1 Comment