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

Medication, Biblical Counseling, & Depression: What’s New in Treatment?

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

It is no secret in medicine that the medications for depression available in the United States today do not work well. Research tells us that between 80% to 90% of those taking these medications gain no more benefit from them than they would from taking a placebo pill that looks like but does not contain the active drug. In yesterday’s blog, we saw that the reason for it is simply that medical science has been working with a theory about the cause and cure of depression that is most likely not valid. So what can we do to help? Continue reading

Medication, Biblical Counseling, & Depression: What’s New in Serotonin?

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

A good deal of new research has been published this year that is really interesting to anyone involved in medicine and biblical counseling. Some of it takes commonly held ideas about the cause and treatment of depression and turns them upside down . Other articles give some encouragement about the role of biblical counseling in helping those who struggle with sadness and depression. Let’s start with serotonin. Continue reading

Mood, Medicine, and the Value of Emotions

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

You’re reading Part Two in a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series. Today in Part Two, Charles Hodges, MD, interacts with a recent New York Times opinion piece written by Dr. Julie Holland (Medicating Women’s Feelings). Continue reading

Weekend Megaphone Post: What’s Medical About Mental Illness

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

The BCC Weekend Resource

On weekends we often use our BCC “megaphone” to alert you to excellent resources on other biblical counseling sites. Today we highlight the blog site of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). The ACBC is providing videos of their plenary sessions from their recent annual conference. Continue reading

The Brain’s Response to Threat

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

Hodges - The Brains Response to Threat

It is always great when someone in research science spends time and money to prove something that we knew all along. In a study done at the University of Exeter, researchers have found that the brain response to a perceived threat is stopped when we are reminded that we are loved and cared for! Who knew? Continue reading