PART I: Secret Behind Depression

  Detecting depression caused by untreated childhood trauma may not always be easy, as memories can be blocked for untreated childhood trauma. In fact, untreated childhood trauma may well be the secret behind depression. Childhood trauma comes in many forms. It may be a one-time traumatic event that occurred in the past, or an ongoing series of traumatic events that cause depression in a child. It may stem from growing up in a neglectful, abusive home, or from various forms of physical, sexual, mental or emotional abuse endured in one’s youth. When depression continues for 3 weeks or longer, it is considered clinical depression, generally requiring professional intervention for healing. The untoward effects of underlying, untreated childhood trauma may be difficult to diagnose and treat, as even the person living with it may not be aware of the toll it is taking on them. Many people do not understand that the mind affects the body, and the reverse is true, the body affects the mind, as well. Depression may be prevalent and persistent, long buried memories can be elusive—even blocked–as one engages in daily adult life.   According to the website for the National Association for the Mentally Ill, NAMI, the following statistics speak volumes about the nature of mental illness such as depression: 1 in 5 Americans, or 43.8 million people, will experience mental illness each year.(NAMI) 4% will experience mental illness in their lifetime. 1% will have post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or another anxiety disorder. Of the 20.2 million Americans experiencing substance abuse, 50% have a co-occurring mental illness. 80% of young adults who suffered abuse and/or...
The Servant Witness

The Servant Witness

The Inspiration Café Blog www.theinspirationcafeblog.net The Servant Witness Thus says The Lord: “Get up now, and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness of what you have seen [of me] and what you will be shown.” “I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been consecrated by faith in Me.”  Acts 26:16-18 _____________________________________________ As I look back over some of the events of this past week, this Scripture comes to mind… For the first time in many, many years, perhaps a decade or more, I was able this past week to walk over a mile in the mall with just my cane, leaving my walker behind. Truth is, my Jawbone step tracking device was omitting many, if not most of my daily steps. So I thought if my hands were free rather than grasping the handles of my walker, it would remedy the situation. Turns out my Jawbone is defective, but in the process of trying to walk without my walker, I made a tremendous personal discovery: I can now walk long distances without a walker! I guess it’s really true that necessity is the mother of invention. ‘Likely never would have tried walking without my walker that day, had my Jawbone been working correctly. The implications are many as I have been working diligently on...

Eagle’s Wings

“But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles , They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 __________________________________________________ About 4 months ago, in May 2015, I learned that it was ‘wheelchair time.’ Needless to say, this past summer was a long one as I grappeled with myself about having to use a wheelchair now due to severe trunk muscle weakness including my respiratory muscles. I hated the idea of needing a wheelchair for distance, but complied with doctors orders all the same. During that time, I prayed fervently for a way out, for healing, so I could continue to walk again. Logically, it seemed like the writing was on the wall a,s both my Neurologist and Pulmonologist agreed I needed to begin using the wheelchair. The fact is, I could not walk, breathe or talk after being on my feet for 15 minutes or longer. Yet something deep inside was pushing me to get one more medical opinion, so I did. About a week and a half ago, I visited Dr. Porter at the Neuromuscular Clinic at University of MD Medical Center. To my great surprise, the doctor did not agree at all with my other 2 doctors. In fact, he and I are now working on my getting out of the wheelchair together! Due to respiratory muscle weakness, it must be done with baby steps, and will possibly take a year to meet our goal. Though it is a precarious proposition due to respiratory muscle complications, I am confident that God sent me there specifically for this purpose,...