Posts tagged "Bipolar Disorder"
Mockingbird at the Movies: Silver Linings Playbook

Mockingbird at the Movies: Silver Linings Playbook

This review (with spoilers, be warned!) comes from a friend of Mockingbird, Joseph Williams. Follow more of Joseph’s terrific work over at The Wise Guise.

In David O. Russell’s newest film, Silver Linings Playbook, the psychiatric issues abound: an undiagnosed bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, sex addiction. Behind these, though, lie the more everyday varieties of guilt and self-contempt, delusional thinking and mixed-up love, not to mention some classic rom-com dance competition montages thrown in for good measure.

Silver Linings is the latest star-packed, indie-movie-that-could amongst all the blockbusters of awards season and, after riding a wave of film festival success and…

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From One Sufferer to Another… Darkness Is My Only Companion

From One Sufferer to Another… Darkness Is My Only Companion

Kathryn Greene-McCreight’s Darkness Is My Only Companion is an astounding account of her battle with mental illness (severe depression and bi-polar disorder), with the final chapters filled with resources for those who are suffering from mental illness/depression, and suggestions for those who have friends, loved ones, clergy, and parishoners who suffer from mental illness/depression.

Greene-McCreight’s ability to verbalize–with amazing acumen–her experiences, offers the reader the chance to engage with that very tumultuous and almost-despairing existence. Almost-despairing. Darkness brims with the expectant hope in the power of the Triune God. While the reader is cast upon the undulating sea of depression and…

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Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Light When All Is Dark

Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Light When All Is Dark

A couple of years ago, Brazos Press published a remarkable little book called Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness by The Rev. Kathryn Greene-McCreight, an Episcopal minister in New Haven, CT. Both a learned theologian and long-time sufferer, the book details Greene-McCreight’s own struggle with debilitating postpartum depression and bipolar disorder. And it does so with unswerving courage and insight (not to mention supreme compassion), while also providing a larger theological framework for understanding mental illness. Suffice it to say, it’s a must for anyone dealing with these issues, either from a personal or pastoral…

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