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Danger: Depression, Anxiety Triggers Ahead

In my younger days, before I reached birthday No. 40 and before major depression entered my almost-daily life, I thought I had two particular strengths as a man: A sensitive heart, which served me well as a husband and father,

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Erase the Disgrace of Bully Depression

Our website primarily features blogs that I have written for one of two categories: Catholic Christian spirituality or mental illness, primarily major depression and anxiety. The spirituality-focused pieces can be found under the title “Your Fellow Pilgrim.” Why that name

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Depression vs. Me: The Battle Continues

Depression is kicking my butt. Not really anything new, perhaps. My journey hasn’t been smooth or flat. Many hills, several mountains. Some travel has been on solid pavement, some has been on gravel road with deep ruts. Occasionally there have

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Trusting God’s Voice, Not The Depression

Having a mental illness can lead a person to learn a lot about mental illness. Call it self-absorption, self-realization, self-understanding or simply naval-gazing: I spend a great deal of time thinking about my purposes here on earth – and how

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Be Hospitable and Be Present

My Lenten meditation and prayer this year has yielded some spiritual fruit. I am trying to work toward a renewed focus on something in my life: Be Present. It’s a simple idea. I want to pursue a life that does

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“We Were Made For Times Like These”

Today, I had the privilege to address about 180 people at the annual Missouri Mental Health Rally in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Jefferson City. I was inspired by the large attendance and definitely by the messages shared

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Confronting Depression: Imitate Velcro

Living with chronic, major depression isn’t a predictable existence at all. Please trust me on this one. For proof, I’ll provide the first-person witness account of my weekend: Friday: The radio/alarm clock on my nightstand sounded at 6 o’clock this

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We’re Trying, We Promise

About a month ago, when I still adhered to the daily habit of receiving TMS treatments, I was having one of my usually interesting conversations with the tech who had to sit with me for the duration of my 45

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Dealing With Life’s Potholes And Landmines

All of us who suffer from some sort of mental illness daydream of what life would be like if we were healthy. I imagine how much I would enjoy family gatherings or Super Bowl parties if I didn’t have my

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After TMS, Now What For My Depression?

I have prayed almost every day for the last 14-plus years – when I have had the strength – that my clinical depression would finally fade into the sunset. I never lost faith in my God that He could cure

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Mike & Donna Eisenbath



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