We have been talking about our upcoming seminar on the Christian and mental illness. It is less than two weeks away and the seats are filling up. I thought I would just give you a sample of the things we share. The first picture is of us in 1985 during Steve's first depressive episode; he could barely fake a smile. We were completely in the dark about what was happening to him (to us) and what we should do about it. We had a 5 year-old, 3 year-old and a newborn. We were both 29 and our world was collapsing around us. Steve was called to pastor a church in Orlando that we had to turn down because of the severity of his depression. We ran through our savings and our spirits were sagging, to say the least. There were no ads on TV for antidepressants. No one talked about this "thing." We kept it private for as long as we could. When we did share, Steve was criticized for being "unspiritual" he was accused of having "anger issues" and told to just "confess your sin and get over it." We were the only ones that knew he was not doing those things.
I saw him pray from a list for 2 years because his concentration was so bad he couldn't remember who to pray for without it. I saw him carry a verse on a 3 x 5 card in his shirt pocket to remember God's promises because he couldn't read the bible like he used to. He worked and dragged himself around for two full years and FINALLY he tried that "one more" medication and all his "sin" and "neuroses" and "anger issues" went away. We share this and more in our seminar, "Whispers in the Foyer." We don't blame you or your loved ones for having a brain disorder. Come on out. I think it will be worth your time.