Tags archives: depression

  • Redefining Masculinity Around Relationships

  • Last month I wrote a blog and shot a video called Two Words You Should Never Tell a Boy. The two words I was referring to are "stop crying." It's a message that is devastating to boys and leads to lots of other problems for them in the future. Problems that I see everyday in my counseling office with the men that I work with. I agree with Terence Real in that we need more relational heroes in [...]
  • Men: Are You a Relational Hero?

  • "Each man is a bridge, spanning in his lifetime all of the images and traditions about masculinity inherited from past generations and bestowing--or inflicting--his own retelling of the tale on those who ensue. Unresolved depression often passes from father to son, despite the father's best intentions, like a toxic, unacknowledged patrimony. Conversely, when a man transforms the internalized disco[...]
  • 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[...]
  • Two Words You Should Never Tell a Boy.....

  • "If you cry again I am going to take you back home!" That is what I told my almost 4 year old son on Wednesday night around 8:00pm. We were riding bikes and he was in that overtired state where he could hardly contain his emotions. He was crying. He was whining at his sister. It had been a long day at work for me. I wasn't handling my emotions very well either. And actually, as the[...]
  • 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[...]
  • Be the 'Life-Giving' Man That You and Others Deserve

  • Are you a 'life-giving' man? That is a question that I am often asked. It's a term that I began to talk about in my last book, What it Means to be a Man. But I've begun to explore it more fully in the last 6 months and it is the focus of my online program for men. I've learned a lot, and the 6 men who just finished my course taught me a lot. If you are interested in becoming a 'life-givi[...]
  • Unfortunately, Sometimes Being a Boy is Not Emotionally Safe...

  • “Little boys and little girls start off with similar psychological profiles. They are equally emotional, expressive, and dependent, equally desirous of physical affection. At the youngest ages, both boys and girls are more like a stereotypical girl. If any differences exist, little boys are, in fact, slightly more sensitive and expressive than little girls. They cry more easily, seem more easily f[...]
 
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