Category archives: Depression

  • Reframing Your Anxiety and Depression

  • A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to give a talk about my own journey with anxiety and depression at a local church, Chase Oaks Church. The video was shot for their ReNew Ministry which helps people deal with the "messiness of life." I love the work that ReNew Ministry is doing to help people with issues such as anger, depression, anxiety, and more, so I was thankful to shoot a video fo[...]
  • Rhett Smith Podcast 57: Discerning Depression in Your Kids

  • One of the more tricky aspects of working with adolescents is trying to discern at times what is "typical" teenage behavior, and what is depression. I mean most of us can remember back to our own teenage days where we experienced bouts of moodiness, irritability, and wanted to isolate ourselves from others, or at least our parents. And just because we experienced those things that didn't necessari[...]
  • Running as an Antidote for Anxiety and Depression

  • I love running! It has completely changed my life. I have loved running since I was a little kid. I loved running and playing with friends. I loved field day and running the sprints and the longer races. I ran track in high school. But somewhere along the way running became a bit of drudgery. Something I just did to stay in shape. But that changed in 2005 when my brother asked me to run t[...]
  • Are You Feeling Anxious or Depressed?

  • Since Mental Health month is this month, I want to encourage you in two ways: If you find yourself feeling anxious or depressed, I really encourage you to reach out and get the help that you need. If you know someone who is feeling anxious or depressed, I encourage you to reach out to that person and to be present with them in the midst of it. I took a few minutes between clients to say [...]
  • Talking About Mental Health in the Church

  • Unless you have either experienced anxiety and depression yourself, or have sat present with those who have, then it's pretty easy for us to make trite comments or give cliche answers to those around us. This is probably the single reason why I wrote The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good?. I had heard the cliche answers myself, and so many clients that came into my office had he[...]