A Pastor’s Take on Mental Illness

In this episode, I’m talking to my longest time friend, Brad Mauldin. He’s a pastor at… We met when we were 12 at… We went through high school together and worked together after college and we have never been out of touch for any length of time in 30+ years. It’s really amazing for me to think of our history, and I’m so grateful for it.

Brad and I are going to delve into one of my favorite topics: Religion. Brad’s role at his church has largely been to counsel people who are in need of help for any and all reasons. He’s a trained counselor, and anyone who knows him will tell you he’s among the best listeners on the planet. People just feel safe with him naturally – a great quality in a counselor!

We are going to discuss the topic of how mental illness is handled in the modern Christian church. We will discuss shame, whether God is good, how God feels about sex outside of marriage, and much more. If you’re curious, the church where Brad works is what I would call a new wave evangelical church. Do’s and don’t’s and rules are less important than a relationship with Jesus that plays out individually, not in the same way for everyone. Check them out at atltrinity.org if you’d like.

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How do I Know if I Have a Mental Illness?

Welcome to a new series of Mindful Minutes called “From the Top”! In this series, Tim will walk through the basics of understanding your brain’s unique chemistry. For instance, we will cover a whole range of topics: What doctor do I see? What medicine should I take? Do I even have a mental illness? Join us for this series! Above all, remember that you are not alone, no matter where you are on your journey.

 

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PTSD, Cannabis, and Hope for Healing

2019 Survivor contestant, Missy Byrd, is more than just a survivor on TV. She’s survived a brain tumor while playing college basketball at the Air Force Academy; the sudden loss of her father, something she barely remembers due to the tumor; PTSD from all the events surrounding her long-undiscovered ailment; and yes, even the TV show, Survivor. Tune in for a frank discussion about the place of marijuana in treating mental and emotional health issues. Or just tune in for Missy’s story. You won’t be sorry!

Check out Missy here: https://www.cbs.com/shows/survivor/cast/216261/

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From Addiction to Advocacy

In this episode, Tim and Lindsey cover the gamut: ocd leading to addiction, childhood abuse, self harm…but Lindsey is here to let you know you can find a way through to a place of hope, of wanting to share your story with others, of wanting others to know they are not alone. Lindsey is fierce and tenacious and tender and kind all at once, just like so many who fight every day against the demons of mental and emotional trauma. You will be encouraged by her story! Find Lindsey on IG @tierneylindseytaylor

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Um, Did I Just Run Over Someone with my Car? OCD: The Doubt that Never Ends

Jeff Bell is a prominent radio journalist in the Bay area of California. In the darkest days of his battle with OCD, he couldn’t even get to the hospital to be with his possibly dying daughter because he was so worried he had hit a person when he had only hit a pothole. But Jeff has found hope and a way forward. Tune in to hear more from him.

About Jeff: Jeff Bell spends much of his time running the nonprofit Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance, promoting the power of turning personal challenges into service to others with similar challenges.  His A2A Spotlight features air weekly on KCBS and are distributed nationally by CBS News Radio.  A2A’s weekly “From Adversity to Advocacy” podcast can be heard online at Radio.com.

Jeff is the author of two books, “Rewind, Replay, Repeat” and “When in Doubt, Make Belief.” His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times.

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