Germs and Worry: New Research!

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

As a physician in biblical counseling, I am sometimes asked about scientific articles that deal with counseling subjects. Usually the reason I am asked is that the article seems to contradict something the Bible says about the counseling problem. This week the subject was anxiety. The question usually is, if science discovers a cause for anxiety that is medical, how can it be a sin to worry? Continue reading

New Research: Volunteering Gives Purpose and Help to Veterans with PTS

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

Since the attacks of 9/11, our nation has been engaged in war for the longest period in our history. As a result, we have a growing number of men and women who have returned from the battlefield struggling with posttraumatic stress.

For many veterans the transition from the battlefield to the home front proves to be very difficult. They struggle with nightmares, sleep disturbances, anger, fear, and sadness over the losses they have suffered. Continue reading

Dealing with Winter Time Depression

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

Depending on where you live on our planet, winter can mean more pleasant sunny days, or it can bring three months of cold gray gloom! For reasons only my ancestors know, I live on the gloomy side of winter in Indiana. My earliest childhood memories of winter seemed to be mostly in black and white, because for days the sun just didn’t shine. And, while I have not suffered anything near a DSM-5 defined depression, the grayness of winter holds little joy for me. My mood shifts with the sunshine. I suspect that is true for many of us. Continue reading