ATAQ: How can I be so blessed and depressed at the same time?

Many times I’ve heard people say that they feel so blessed in their lives and so fortunate, yet they feel depressed and they don’t know why. Some of them feel guilty about it, and others are just confused. Well, I have news for you: Gratitude and depression are NOT mutually exclusive. How can this be true? First, consider genetics: Just like our parents can pass on their eye color or skin tone … [Read more...]


"What about people in remote corners of the world who don't know of Jesus? Will they go to Heaven if they don't accept Christ? If it's our job to reach them, what happens if we can't get to them in time?" There are several different theological topics at play here. The first is salvation and how one receives it. The second is about our role in the salvation of others. Finally, revelation, or … [Read more...]

How Do I Say No?

Boundaries are a necessary part of a good and balanced life. (If you need convincing, read this or check out my YouTube video on the topic.) Saying no is one form of setting a boundary. Each of us has an inalienable right to say yes. Guess what? We also have the same right to say no. Over the years, I’ve seen countless patients who struggle with saying no. Women, in particular, often have … [Read more...]

Lessons from Alice in Wonderland

In my opinion, Alice in Wonderland may very well have been written by someone under the influence of LSD. Nonetheless, I think there are some important lessons to be learned from the story. Here are 5 of the many… Don’t go down the rabbit hole. The rabbit hole represents uncertainty—you never know what you’re going to get, so it’s really best to steer clear of a possible trap. In other words, … [Read more...]


ATAQ: Who should get therapy, and how does it work?

Who should get therapy? I think everyone can benefit from therapy! I'm only a little biased. ; ) In all seriousness...God is the only perfect being, so that leaves room for improvement in the rest of us! We all have issues, baggage, luggage, cargo, freight, a U-Haul...whatever you choose to call it. I believe that when we stop growing and changing, we die--spiritually, emotionally, … [Read more...]

YouTube Channel: Mend Your Mind

If you're like me, you don't have time to sit down and read as often as you'd like. My YouTube channel, "Mend Your Mind," was created to give people another format by which to stay up-to-date on my Psych Blog and other posts related to mental health. The videos on my channel provide a great way to get information on-the-go. You can listen to the videos while you're doing laundry, getting ready … [Read more...]

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Where Did the Words Go?

Today, I’m sharing another incredible story of hope and resilience. This was written by a psychiatric nurse practitioner colleague of mine. She wrote it for a women’s health essay competition at her local DAR chapter, and she graciously agreed to let me share it. In addition to her determination and adaptability, God’s presence is evident throughout the story of her challenging journey, especially … [Read more...]

ATAQ: How do I let go of the past?

Letting go of things you’ve done or things that have been done to you in the past can be difficult. Let’s start with a definition of letting go to make sure we’re all on the same page. To “let go” of something doesn’t mean that you say that what you did or what was done to you is okay or no big deal, nor does it give you or the offender a pass. Like forgiveness, what it means is that you’re … [Read more...]