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The Emotional Cost of Childhood Abuse

Sadly, when abuse is present, a child’s healthy path through life is hijacked. The paths they should have traveled—the roads of trust, security, love, attention, appreciation, care, and concern—are cordoned off by the abuse.

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Teenagers and Broken Hearts

Hearts get broken for all sorts of reasons. When things get broken, the first thing you need to do is recognize how much you hurt. In order to get over a broken heart, allow yourself to feel the pain and tell yourself it is okay to hurt. Forgiveness is really good at mending a broken heart. Forgiveness is the key to healing so that you can move on without getting stuck in the pain.

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How Pervasive is Your Negativity?

If there’s one thing about the constant background noise of negativism, it’s how pervasive it can be in a person’s life without them really realizing it’s there. Because it’s on all the time, it becomes part of the backdrop of their emotional life.

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Physical Motion and Depression

Many of you may have difficulty imagining exercise as part of your life. You may have visions of gigantic weight lifters or slender long-distance runners and conclude you were never meant to be an athlete. Healthy movement is not defined merely by athletic competition. Rather, it is starting from wherever you are and gradually adding more motion.

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Healthy Eating and Depression

While the number of potential factors in physical depression is large, the good news is a small number of positive changes can bring about enormous benefit. Eating healthy is not only what and where you eat but also how you eat, so keep the following in mind as you make whole-food choices.

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Finding Truth in Your Anger

Every time you are treated unfairly, it hurts.  A part of you knows that isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.  The pain can be deep and lasting.  The anger and resentment at this unfair treatment is real. Each new instance of unfair treatment is compounds the one before...

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Part 2: Intellectual Integrity and Depression Recovery

One of the keys to overcoming depression is to honestly and realistically evaluate your life and determine whether what you think you know is really the truth. As much as possible, develop a plan to accept those things that are unchangeable and a plan to change those that you can.

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Part 1: Intellectual Integrity and Depression Recovery

Consider a single trip to the grocery store.  On your list today is a new toothbrush, soda, sandwich bags, ground meat, milk, bread, eggs, and tissues.  Pretty standard.  Should be an easy trip, right? There are 15 types of toothbrushes, all different colors, from...

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The Effects of Emotional Abuse

Any kind of abuse, emotional abuse included, is an attack on a person’s sense of self. It demeans and controls that person through words or actions, devaluing that person and ultimately elevating the abuser.

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Finding Relief by Writing Your Own Script

In the play As You Like It, William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts.”  Put another way, life is a drama.  Sure,...

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Physical Healing in Depression Recovery

Feeling depressed is not just a mental state.  Depression is a debilitating whole-body condition that must be addressed physically as well as mentally.  The whole-person approach accepts the body as a complex organism and looks for systemic reasons for depression. As...

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Being Intentional in Your Response to Depression

What do we do when life feels like it’s piling on top of us?  In depression, we bury our optimism, hope, and joy and react with anger, fear, or guilt, allowing overwhelming circumstances to knock us flat.  Emotional depression can become an automatic reaction to...

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Managing Your Time

What do you think of when you hear the phrase time management?  If you are a go-getter, you may hear those words and think of how many tasks you can cram into a single day.  However, I didn’t say task management; I said time management. Healthy time management,...

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Money and False Security

“In God We Trust” has been engraved on our coins since 1864. Somewhere in the intervening years, however, it seems we’ve shifted from trust in God to trust in the coin itself. This isn’t a recent phenomenon; it’s been happening for a long time. King Solomon, in his...

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The Power of HOPE

To understand the true power of hope, I think it’s a good idea to contemplate what the world would look like without hope. It is a world without anticipation, without desire or expectation—a flat, monochrome world with only a single what-is view. First Chronicles...

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Reintroducing Physical Activity Into Your Daily Routine

We live in a convenient society, with transportation systems to take us to all our destinations. We live in an accelerated society, where speed trumps just about everything.  We’ve gotten used to driving around at the store for twenty minutes in order to find a closer...

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Overcoming Personal Barriers

It is time for you to be serious about your physical health so you can be better prepared to deal with your emotional health.  I’ve always believed in the concept of “whole person,” that you must deal with your issues from an emotional, relational,...

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