Blue Christmas

The World Health Organization reports indicates that depression can be brought on by the change of season. It has been postulated that decrease sunlight may be one cause for seasonal depression, sometimes called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). These seasonal patterns are also present in those with bi-polar disorder. More manic episodes occur in the summer

Anosognosia – Not Home for the Holidays

My son attended our family Thanksgiving gathering. It was good to see him; but that’s about all that happened. He didn’t interact much, only responding when asked questions. Kept away from the crowd of people. Ate little. He was here, but he wasn’t. It’s not uncommon for our ill loved ones to be mentally and

Holiday Resources

How often do you enter November with vision of an old-fashioned, family holiday? “This year will be different,” you say to yourself and any family members who will listen. I’ve given up this fantasy, and choose instead to be content with a Griswold Christmas. (If you haven’t seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, rent it now

It’s The Holidays, Again

(This is the beginning of a series about helping our loved ones and ourselves through the stresses of the holidays.) It’s that time of year again: The Holidays. The time from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day is probably the most stressful period in America. Expectations are high; reality is low. The pressure to perform has

Coping with the Holidays

Holidays are hard. Crowded schedules, family expectations, self expectations, and physical and emotional drain. For our loved ones who suffer with brain disorders that cause emotional distress, all the stress of the holidays is even worse. While we are planning joyous celebrations, our ill family member may be just trying to deal with the daily

Sacrifice of Praise

Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name (Hebrews 13:15 AMP). Do you know where your loved one is this Thanksgiving? If so, give a sacrifice of praise. Is your