Mental Health and the Bible
Did you know that the Bible covers a lot of material about mental health, not only what causes it but how to avoid it? This series covers a number of mental health issues, shows how to identify them, and what to do to overcome them or help someone else overcome them. This series is ongoing, so far, we have twenty topics in Mental Health and the Bible.
Making a Difference – Mental Health and the Bible 20
At the recent Winter Family Weekend, the church service included a symposium about depression. It stimulated a number of us there to consider what a person can do to stave off or get past depression. This presentation includes an expansion on one of the strategies for doing just that.
God and Sex – Mental Health and the Bible 19
Many people today think that it’s old fashioned to follow God’s rules about sex. Sexual promiscuity is a way of life for many single people. And many marriages and relationships break up because of infidelity. We would never try to convince anyone against their will that God’s rules are for our own good. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t explain how his rules, when applied, save people a lot of heartache, and even mental illness.
The Trauma Bond
Did you know that a relationship develops between victims and perpetrators when some one is held captive or coerced? There is even a name for it. It’s called the trauma bond. Even though we see it every day, most of us are not aware of it. We are naïve. It doesn’t just happen in banks in Stockholm, or in Waco Texas. It happens all around us.
In 1973 some bank robbers strapped dynamite to the chests of hostages and held them for 5 days. When released the hostages all sided with the robbers and considered them victims of society. While this may be the most famous example of Stockholm syndrome, it is not the only example. In fact, this syndrome is around us everywhere, often even at Church.
PTSD – Mental Health and the Bible 15
It seems to some, that everyone thinks they have PTSD, and that every therapist thinks they do too. PTSD is the new fad diagnosis. So how do we tell who has it and who doesn’t? How do we know if we have it? Listen or read this presentation to know the difference.
Sense of Self – Mental Health and the Bible 14
In the 70’s pop psychology emphasized “self-esteem” as a necessity for mental health. Never mind that federal prison inmates scored high on self-esteem scales. Clearly, how we see ourselves, has a profound effect on our mood, productivity, and behavior, but how? What does the Bible say about how we ought to see ourselves?
Grief – Mental Health and the Bible 13
Most of us know that grief can occur when we suffer loss. But what does that look like in real life? And what do we do to get through it? Our latest presentation details some of the strategies and provides solid information—good for helping others as well as ourselves.
The Bible uses the terms “evil” and “wicked” to describe behavior we might call “psychotic,” “narcissistic,” “sociopathic.” Consider this issue further in this presentation that aims to bridge Biblical teaching and contemporary psychology.
Obsessive Compulsive Behavior
Do you, or do you know people who, focus tightly on order, neatness, and control? If so you might be looking at obsessive compulsive behavior. This type of behavior can be mild or so severe that those afflicted are miserable. The Bible has somewhat to say about the topic. Learn more in this presentation. And learn strategies to overcome the condition.
In a series about Mental Health and the Bible, there has to be discussion of psychological defenses. What are they? What, if anything, does the Bible tell us about them? Can therapy help with them in Christian life? These are some of the questions we address in this presentation.
Ambivalence – Mental Health/Bible 9
The Bible makes note of the human tendency to be “double minded.” Today we call it ambivalence. When we have strong feelings in several different directions at once, it tends to cause anxiety. The mind doesn’t like it. It’s not good for us spiritually, either. In this presentation, learn about how to identify and reduce ambivalence.
Shame – Mental Health/Bible 8
What is the difference between Shame and Guilt? Is it ever healthy to feel shame? Does what God says in scripture square with what psychology teaches about shame? In this presentation, consider how to develop a healthy sense of self.
Guilt – Mental Health and the Bible 7
Description: There is so much confusion about guilt. Besides the fact that it feels terrible, is it good for us or bad? Does it drag us down, or motivate us to change? What does the Bible say? What does modern psychology say? Consider this issue in Guilt - Mental Health and the Bible 7.
Phobias – Mental Health and the Bible 6
Are you, or someone you know, unreasonably afraid of flying, insects, needles, being touched, social situations, etc. If so, the, excessive, specific fear may be a phobia. God tells us 365 times in the Bible, “fear not.” Access this presentation to learn more about identifying and reducing phobias.
Anger – Mental Health and the Bible 5
What does the Bible say about anger? Is it forbidden? You may be surprised to learn that the Bible’s stand on anger fits well with the new brain research about anger. Once again, science is aligning with what God tells us in scripture.
Anxiety – Mental Health and the Bible 4
Jesus had a lot to say about anxiety. It’s not good for our faith to be anxious. Learn more about how to reduce anxiety and have more faith in this, our 4th episode in the series Mental Health and the Bible.
Depression – Mental Health and the Bible 3
Depression ican seriously affect a Christian’s efforts to live a godly life. What causes depression? And how can a person get past it?
Getting Past Traumatic Grief – Mental Health and the Bible 2
Why can some people get past the loss of a loved one while others seem to get stuck? Sometimes the difference has to do with the nature of the loss. Was it sudden, unexpected or violent? If so, it may be what is called traumatic grief.
Healing Broken Hearts – Mental Health and the Bible 1
Jesus promised to Heal the broken hearted. That's also in a prophecy about what He will do when he returns. And it is about what he did at that time, in his physical life. What does it mean to be broken hearted? Do we have a part to play in the healing of our own heart and the hearts of others? How do we do that?
New Series – Mental Health and The Bible
This presentation begins our revised series, Mental Health and the Bible. In this first installment, learn how the Bible and modern Psychology share similar foundational concepts about the human mind.