Archive for February, 2014

Richie Parker, chassis & auto body designer

1073112_10200985029641112_602477509_oConsider what, Richie Parker, born without arms, has accomplished, as revealed in an 8 minute glimpse in this video:

 You Tube: Richie Parker: Drive — SC Featured  

Of course such a glimpse does not show the many difficulties he experienced getting to where he is today. As someone has said, genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.

(Especially when one is from South Carolina; I lived there a year.)

Here’s his story in written form:

 The Christian Post: Man Born Without Hands Is Engineer for NASCAR’s Most Winning Organization (Hendricks Motorsports)

Picture from Richie Parker 


a Splendid Patristic analysis of Cognitive Therapy: the story

the book

Modern Psychologists have learned and are applying insights about how to deal with thoughts and their effect on our lives through directed efforts by their patients in  regard to changing their thought patterns.

But this is an old story. The Holy Spirit has guided the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church, especially the Desert Fathers and Monastic Elders, in this holy art ever since the early centuries of the Christian era.

Fr. Alexis Trader has written a book relating modern cognitive therapy with the wisdom of the Holy Fathers, entitled

Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds (American University Studies VII: Theology and Religion)

He also publishes a blog which explores the issues involved: Here is one post from that blog:

The Story Behind Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds

This blog is full of many specific issues relating to the control of our thoughts. (As St. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”) Most likely there is one related to issues you, the reader, are facing. 

And here are some online resources on the book: a short synopsis and 2 reviews

A Mystagogy Review (a series of four) by John Sanidopoulos

Orthodox Christian Information Center: A Review

Paperback Swap

Picture of the book from Fr. Alexis Trader’s New Book

The Second Most Numerous Cause of Disability in the World: Depression

A one page summary from the online website THINKPROGRESS

Depression is the second biggest cause of disability around the world

Second only to back pain, the article states.

 (Note: DALYs = Disability Adjusted Life Years) 

The site does provide Links to further consideration of how to address the issue: 

Doctors From Around The World Agree: Everybody Should Get Regular Mental Health Checkups

And many other offerings in regard to mental health:

THINK PROGRESS Stories tagged with “Mental Health”

(Please ignore 0r repudiate the pro-abortion rhetoric on THINK PROGRESS.)

A few Orthodox Christian resources from the Arms Open Wide list:

OCAMPR (The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion)

Articles by Father George Morelli see also Healing: Orthodox Spirituality and Psychology

Ancient Christian Wisdom, by Father Alexis Trader

Prof. Dmitry Avdeev, M.D., Ph.D. see also Orthodox Psychotherapy 

Issues in Mental Health: Dealing with Depressive Disorders By Albert S. Rossi, Ph.D.

Depression: Can It Be An Opportunity? By Michael Lopukhin


Rambling Thoughts on Mental Illness, by Alana 

Fellowship of Orthodox Christian Mental Health Professionals 

The Impact of Orthodox Christian Neptic – Psychotherapeutic Intervention on Self – Reported Depressive Symptomatology and Comorbid Anxiety, 289 pp. dissertation by Zoran Vujisic 

A personal note:

Last year I was off work for a little over three weeks dealing with depression. For most of that time I really didn’t know whether or not I would be able to return to my position as an advisor of persons with developmental disability in a group home, which was a devastating thought for me, as I am now in the category of “older worker.”  But with help from my physician and a cognitive therapist, I did return.  Better thoughts prevailed.

Picture  from the weblog The Resounding Declaration: From the Depths of Depression, Psalm 88

Jailing Persons with Mental Illness

NPR: What Is The Role Of Jails In Treating The Mentally Ill?

One can either read or listen to this story.  The situations, the problems, and the efforts that are being made are discussed. Frankly, I feel they have treated the prison industry too gently.  Read on …

e SBYNews: January 2013

The Guardian: Rikers Island Jail Criticized for Keeping Mentally Ill Inmates in Solitary

From the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, by Anasseril E. Daniel, MD: Care of the Mentally Ill in Prisons: Challenges and Solutions

From Graphic court video shows prison guards deploying pepper spray on mentally ill inmate

The Buffalo News: Being mentally ill and imprisoned: ‘Talk about cruel and inhumane’ With psych centers closing, jails and prisons becoming poor substitutes, by M. Spina

Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons, by Jenn Ackerman (a video)

Human Rights Watch: U.S.: Number of Mentally Ill in Prisons Quadrupled

“… I was in prison and you came to Me.” (St. Matthew 25)

The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry

Fellowship of St. Silas

picture from SBYNews: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 Federal Court Deems Solitary Confinement Of Mentally Ill Cruel And Unusual Punishment


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