Neil's Blogs

Demonic Depression

Demonic Depression From a Facebook friend: I am writing in regards to your seminar in Minnesota. The day it was to start, I was to be admitted to a hospital for the fifth time for manic depression. I have been dealing with this for almost two years. We had gone to...

Causes of Depression

Causes of Depression Martin Seligman, a noted secular researcher on depression, reflected on its causes: I have spent the last twenty years trying to learn what causes depression. Here is what I think. Bipolar depression (manic-depression) is an illness of the body,...

Unipolar Depression

Unipolar Depression The focus on medically curing unipolar depression has been on the production, preservation, and transmission of neurotransmitters. Some of the earlier antidepressant drugs were monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI’s). The purpose of these medications...

Bipolar Depression

Bipolar Depression Depression is categorized as bipolar and unipolar. A bipolar or manic-depressive illness has two poles: highs (called manic moods) and lows (depressed moods). One of the foremost experts of this illness, Kay Jamison (she struggled with manic...

Mental and Emotional Signs of Depression

Mental and Emotional Signs of Depression The following are common emotional symptoms and resultant mental states of those who are depressed: Sadness: I feel awful! Depression is most commonly characterized by a deep sadness. The “blues” seem to creep up slowly and...

Physical Symptoms of Depression

Physical Symptoms of Depression Energy Level: I just don’t feel like doing anything. Lack of energy, excessive fatigue and unrelenting tiredness are the characteristics of the melancholic. Walking, talking, cleaning the house, getting ready for work, or doing a...

Melancholy

Melancholy I get up every morning with no sense of hope, and not enough energy to climb out of bed? Negative thoughts pepper my mind, and I’m emotionally drained all the time. I may have a few good moments, but they never last. I can’t even muster up enough energy to...

Uncompromising Witness

Uncompromising Witness The great challenge in this life is to not lose our composure under fire. Can we maintain our position in Christ without deferring to the flesh? In my early years of ministry I was asked to teach the largest Sunday school class in our church....

Secular Education

Secular Education Question from a Facebook friend: I’m a kindergarten teacher and I recently received Christ. One thing really bothers me. What I don't understand is how can psychology and theology mix. I want to be an educator, but finances are hard, and there is so...

In the World But Not of the World

September 10, 2014 -In the World But Not of the World I still haven’t fully addressed the question asked at the beginning of the week. The good man wanted to know if it is okay to find “joy” in sporting events, entertainment venues, and natural conversations about...

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