I am going through a period where communicating with God is a daily struggle. I read with a certain amount of envy those who write that they have spent the day in prayer, or being uplifted by worship songs, or soaking in the Word of God, because these are all disciplines which feel beyond my … Continue reading God and Me: When God Seems Distant
I’ve spent the last few posts (here, here and here) writing about the various causes of mental illness as we currently understand them. And what seems to be the common link between them – life! That’s right - the way we’re parented, the personality we’re born with, the society we live in, the stressors we … Continue reading Mental Illness: Opening Up To Compassion
I'm continuing my exploration of the factors that contribute to mental ill health, and BPD in particular, constantly referencing my own experience and trying as much as possible to gain insights which will help myself and others on our journey through life. I’m hoping that this deepened understanding will help to develop compassion in others … Continue reading Mental Illness: Is Society Making Us Sick? Part Two
The Multiple Causes of Mental IllnessWe're slowly trying to build a picture of the factors that contribute to mental illness. Not for the purposes of having something or someone to blame as this just keeps us stuck, but instead to increase our understanding and awareness so that we have a clearer idea of what we … Continue reading Mental Illness: Is society making us sick? Part One
God won’t give you more than you can handle. If I had a pound for every time I’ve been told that since I became ill then I’d be a rich man. I’m sure that the intention was good, because this message has mostly come from my believing friends. And I trust with all my heart … Continue reading God: Does God allow us to experience more than we can bear?
In a recent post I looked at the role that parenting plays in the onset of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I wanted to draw attention away from what most people who don’t live with this illness experience – the behaviours – and look at the causes, because hopefully if we understand the causes we can … Continue reading Mental Illness: Born with Imperfection, Living with Compassion
In my next couple of posts, I’m going to share in simple terms what I’ve learned about the two major contributors to emotional illness – a dysfunctional family life during childhood and natural temperament. I hope that by spending a few minutes reading this you will be able to get a better understanding of how … Continue reading Mental Illness: The Bruising Effect of the Dysfunctional Childhood