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Introducing Bipolar Alien Monster

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The artist known as I.M. Bipolar has graciously allowed me to share this cartoon of Bipolar Alien Monster. The Alien Monster character puts a lighthearted face on what it’s like to live with bipolar disorder. In addition to the extreme highs and lows of one’s own emotions, a person with bipolar disorder must deal with the misconceptions of others and countless obstacles to “normal” living. These add up to make a person with bipolar disorder feel foreign to the world like an alien and out of control like a monster. Thus, Alien Monster. In this episode, Alien Monster clings to social media for a sense of acceptance and affirmation, but finds none....

I Had a Black Dog. His Name Was Depression.

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Some people say Winston Churchill was the first person to call his depression a black dog that followed him everywhere. Others say the expression preceded Churchill. Whichever the case, the black dog of depression has been around for generations now. And this old dog is up to the same old tricks. The black dog will train you, if you let it. But it’s better if you train the black dog.     This video is really well-done, so I can’t help but mention that the artist and author also has a book:Living with a Black Dog: His Name Is Depression by Matthew Johnstone.     Of course, faith in God helps us work through depression. God is always ready to help us. Feeling depressed? Make this your prayer: Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens. Don’t turn away from me, or I will die. Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me...

My Bipolar Disorder Fuels My Passion for Writing #WorldBipolarDay

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Having bipolar disorder can seem like a blessing and a curse. It can play havoc on your moods, energy, and relationships but it also provides tons of creative energy. In my case, I direct that energy into writing. And, increasingly, I find myself expanding into expressing my creativity through drawing and artwork. I’m the author of 24 books. The writing process involves both left and right brain tasks. This is convenient since depression puts me in a logical, left-brained state of mind for long periods and mania puts me in an energetic, creative, right-brained state of mind for long periods. The creative right brain comes up with ideas—too many for me to ever complete. It generates the major concepts, figures out how they relate, and gets the first draft on paper in short order. The logical left brain is the inner editor, constantly critiquing and evaluating so when I am depressed...

Mental Health for Christians: Biblical Terms for Healing Include the Term for “Therapy”

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Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 2 Mental illness brings many challenges, but perhaps the biggest challenge can be coping with the false beliefs of other Christians. Well-meaning Christians lay additional burdens on people with mental illness by telling them things like: “You just need to pray more (or have more faith for healing).” “It’s a sin to get psychiatric treatment or take psychiatric drugs.” “A mental illness is a sin (or God’s punishment for sin) and you need to repent to get well.” Let’s think about this a moment. Is psychiatric treatment any more wrong that other medical treatment? Why should we expect only miraculous healing? Doesn’t God use the medical community, too? Can’t God use modern medicine to achieve His results? Yes, we are spiritual beings, but we are also a body and mind. When it...

Discover the “I AM” Statements of Jesus

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I am experimenting with a new, casual style of Bible guide. I have a prototype for you to download. The content is basic because I was more interested in playing with a new style. I like the concept, in general. I’m sure I’ll fine-tune it over time. Yes, I drew the images (except for the cover). Use the arrow in the upper right corner to pop up the document. Then use the icons at the top to print or save it, if you wish. [su_document url=”http://christybower.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Discover-the-I-AM-Statements-of-Jesus.pdf”]