Category Archives: Friend of Job

Broken-heart Syndrome

Can a person die of a broken heart? Will the unexpected loss of a close relative or loved-one create such emotional stress that it jeopardizes the person’s well-being? Don’t people in grief recover sufficiently so that their physical health suffers … Continue reading

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What Words Do You Say To A Grieving Friend?

On this past Sunday, November 5, 2017, Patrick Devin Kelley walked into Sutherland Springs Baptist Church (TX) during worship, and, and with an AR-15 rifle, killed 26. A neighbor, hearing gunfire, returned with a rifle, wounded Kelly twice, and forced him to flee. … Continue reading

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Morbidity Rate of Depression

If you feel depressed, your life may shorten. According to results of a study released recently which followed the lives of 3400 Canadian adults from 1952 to 1992, people with depression experienced a shorter life span than those without it. … Continue reading

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“We Mend Broken Hearts”

I returned yesterday (6/29/17) from the hospital where I had implanted a cardiac pacemaker. The periodic “pre-syncope” experiences that necessitated this medical procedure included my feeling faint, feeling I’m about to pass out, and, in one case, briefly losing consciousness. … Continue reading

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Sarah Hepola’s Alcohol Recovery III: Lessons

From as early as eight years old, Sarah loved beer. She took her first sip at age six, first stole it at seven. In Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central, 2015), Sarah Hepola, personal essays editor at Salon.com, … Continue reading

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Sarah Hepola’s Alcohol Recovery Story II Recovery

In Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central, 2015), Sarah Hepola, personal essays editor at Salon.com, shares with rare vulnerability and wit how using alcohol spiraled her life downward. She also details how, slowly, she began to … Continue reading

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Health Benefits of Spirituality II

In my previous blog (4/29/17), I explored the possible reciprocal relationship between our spiritual behavior and our physical health. Because crisis can lead to a breakdown physically, perhaps spirituality can also play a role in restoring physical health. Reported by … Continue reading

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Health Benefits of Spirituality I

Response To Crisis When we face crisis, our whole being responds. With not only our possessions, identity, and relationships in jeopardy, our physical health can also deteriorate. Stress upon stress, without relief, creates a physiological response of our hormone cortisol. … Continue reading

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What’s The Purpose of Living?

People with depression can feel so dejected, they prefer the peace of death to a life of suffering.  Unable to control their suicidal mood, or acts, they take their plight to be permanent, instead of a temporary swing. They may … Continue reading

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Understanding Grief in Older Adults

In my recent visit to a retirement center in order to present on depression and grief, the residents educated me on the kinds of grief they experience as a matter of course. Perhaps the most important experiences of grief come from … Continue reading

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