Posts Tagged ‘Mental Illness’

Biblical figures struggled with mental health, too

Monday, February 26th, 2024
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I have a friend in Europe who can barely keep a job. She’s brilliant, well-educated, charming, and loaded with experience in all aspects of her profession. The problem is her emotional state, which, even with therapy and medication, is always one meltdown away from another pink slip. Another friend who went to school with me Read more

Pediatric pushback on ‘trans kids’ treatments

Monday, February 19th, 2024
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Based on a review of more than 60 studies related to the mental health of adolescents, the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) has concluded that social transition, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormones “have no demonstrable, long-term benefit on psychosocial well-being of adolescents with gender dysphoria.” ACPeds President Dr. Michael Artigues said the organization’s review of Read more

Almost half of young women in Australia are living with mental illness

Monday, August 29th, 2022
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Mental health experts have repeatedly warned of a “shadow pandemic” of mental health disorders, as new data from shows this to be especially true for young women. The National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing provides a country-wide snapshot of the prevalence and impact of mental health conditions in the community. Conducted by the Australian Read more

Catholics should have compassion for Kanye West

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Catholics, should have compassion for Kanye West’s plight with mental illness and pray that he seeks therapy and finds healing, both for his own sake and for the sake of his ex-wife Kim Kardashian. We should not continue to simply stand by devouring headlines that clearly delineate the spiral of a mentally ill man. Read Read more

Priest killed: devoted to homeless and immigrants

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
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Pope Francis has paid tribute to an Italian priest killed by an immigrant suffering from mental illness. Father Roberto Malgesini, 51, who cared for immigrants and other needy people in the northern city of Como, had been stabbed to death. A Tunisian immigrant, who police said was mentally ill, turned himself in to authorities. The Read more

Florida man tackles deacon during anticipated Mass

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

It took ten parishioners to restrain Thomas Eisel after he attacked a deacon during an anticipated Mass on Saturday. Deacon George Labelle was tackled by Eisel, 28, while the clergyman offered a homily Feb. 22 at St. Coleman Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, about 40 miles north of Miami. “The Archdiocese is grateful no one Read more

Mental illness in a theological context

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
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I was the lone theologian among psychologists sitting on the “Faith and Mental Illness” panel my alma mater’s chapter of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) was hosting. This panel, unbeknownst to me, had been scheduled as the pinnacle event at the end of a week filled with much-anticipated conversations and workshops. After what Read more

Belgium’s euthanasia nightmare

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

As children are put to death, Belgium’s experience shows the ‘slippery slope’ is real. One striking thing about modern Western societies is how quickly bioethical practices that would once have been shocking quickly become unremarkable. It happened with abortion, it happened with embryo selection, and now it is happening with euthanasia. Last week it emerged Read more

Extreme internet use linked to mental illness in teens

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

More than one-third of 15-year-old children in the UK could be classified as ‘extreme internet users’, or those who are online for more than six hours daily outside of school. A report from UK think-tank Education Policy Institute (EPI) states that children in the UK have a higher rate of extreme usage (37.8 percent of all UK Read more

Suicide: the girl who refused to let joy into her life

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

My granddaughter killed herself because the rent was due. She was 21. She left her parents a note. In part it read: “I’m about to do something ungodly. I’m sorry.” In retrospect, she was hell-bent on self-harm. I don’t know what her body did to offend her, but for the last half decade of her Read more