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Grandparents Fear That Teen May Be Suicidal

How should we handle our concerns that our adolescent grandson may be thinking about ending his own life? Many teens are moody - we understand that - but he seems to have more "downs" than "ups," and we think he could be seriously depressed. While spending the weekend at our house, he actually told us that his life is "meaningless" and even dropped a few off-handed comments about death and dying. His parents seem to be completely oblivious and unresponsive to his feelings, so we're wondering if we should do something.

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Faith and Suicide Among Teens and Young Adults

Are non-believers more likely than believers to commit suicide? I'm asking because our son walked away from his faith soon after starting college. Lately he has become increasingly moody and withdrawn. Is he at risk for suicide? What's the relationship between a young person's faith or worldview and his outlook on life?

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Adult Child Has Lost Custody of Kids Due to Substance Abuse

Now that our grown son and his girlfriend have lost their kids to the authorities due to a long history of drug abuse, should we try to gain custody of our grandchildren? We don't feel that we have the physical energy to raise them, but we don't want to see them lost in the foster care system either. What should we do?

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Discipline Protocol When Divorced Daughter and Grandkids Are Living at Parents' Home

As grandparents, how should we approach discipline with grandchildren who live under our roof? Our divorced daughter and her children recently moved in with us, and this has already led to some tense situations. What's the best way to handle this?

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Seeking Help With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Do you have any advice for someone who might be obsessive-compulsive? People tell me my behavior fits this condition. It's not an official or professional diagnosis, but I'm beginning to believe that it may be accurate. My mind gets "stuck" on certain ideas – for example, I'm extremely paranoid about "germs" – and my behavior has brought so much tension into my marriage that I'm afraid it may not survive. I don't know how to help myself. Can you recommend anything?

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Moving Forward After the Death of a Loved One

What can I do to overcome the sadness that has overtaken me since the death of my husband? How do I step forward into the next phase of my life? He battled a number of challenging health problems during the last two years of his life. As a result, my entire identity became wrapped up in caring for him and meeting his needs. Now that the struggle is over, I feel empty and lost as well as grieved. I honestly don't know where to turn or what to do next. Can you help me?

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Signs of Video and Computer Game Addiction

How do I know if I have a serious problem with electronic and online games? I'll admit I'm an avid player. I go straight to the computer every night after work and spend the rest of the evening there. It's a way to rest and relax after a hard day on the job. The only problem is that I'm also a married man and a father, and my wife is beginning to complain. She told me the other day that she thinks I'm addicted to gaming. Is that even possible?

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Overcoming Memories of Past Sexual Abuse

How can I be healed from the sexual trauma I experienced while growing up? Hardly anyone knows that I was a victim of sexual abuse during my childhood and adolescent years – not once, but several times. Now I'm married with children of my own, and to most outsiders I appear to have it all together. But I'm still plagued by depression, self-doubt and painful memories of what happened to me as a child. Is there any way I can free myself from this negative pattern and get on with my life?

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Resources and Training in Christian Counseling and Psychology

Do you have any advice or school recommendations for someone who wants to pursue a career in Christian psychology and counseling? I'm looking for colleges and universities that offer degree programs in this field from a distinctly biblical perspective.

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Perspectives on Repressed Memory Syndrome

Is it possible that psychologists and therapists who deal in "Repressed Memory Syndrome" are actually planting false memories in the minds of their patients? I can't help wondering whether, at least in some cases, the practice of this type of therapy might encourage the invention of past events that never really happened. What do you think?

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Hypnosis As a Clinical Tool

What's your opinion of the use of hypnosis in therapy? Is this really a legitimate clinical tool? Are there any spiritual dangers associated with this practice?

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Helping a Bereaved Friend

Do you have any suggestions as to how I can come alongside someone who is grieving the loss of a spouse? A dear friend's husband just died. My spouse and I would like to be available to comfort her in any way we can. How can we best support her during this time of loss?

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Dealing With Anxiety About War and Terrorism

I'm starting to feel increasingly scared and worried about world events and the possibility of terrorist attacks in our country. Do you have any suggestions for dealing with these fears?

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Depression and Supernatural Influences

Could depression be demonic in nature? My personal view is that it can be traced to demonic powers and that mental illnesses almost always have a spiritual basis. If this is true, then only God can take them away, and medications and psychological remedies will only mask the real issue. A person needs deliverance from the spirit of depression, not a regimen of drugs! Would you agree?

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Depression and Suicide: Risk Factors and Warning Signs

Is there always a risk of suicide in depression? My spouse has struggled with depression on and off for years. She has a prescription for medication, but she doesn't always take it faithfully. Sometimes she seems so low that I begin to worry that she may harm herself in some way. Do you think I'm over-exaggerating the seriousness of the situation?

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Recovering Emotionally From a Traumatic Experience

How can I find healing from the effects of disaster and trauma? Over the past month our community has been devastated by a terrible flood. The impact to my family has included the loss of our home, interruption of work and school, loss of income, physical deprivation, and overwhelming anxiety about the future. Now that the immediate danger is past and our present needs have been provided for (we're staying with family in another city), I'm beginning to realize that we're going to be coping with the emotional and psychological effects of this disaster for a long time to come. Can you help me get a handle on that process?

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Reasons to Pursue Higher Education

Why should I go to college? The way I see it, college isn't shaping the next generation into productive adults and leaders, and it doesn't help individual students achieve their personal goals. Why bury yourself in debt just because everyone else expects you to pursue "higher education"? Why waste several years of your life earning a worthless piece of paper only to end up working the same job alongside your high-school graduate friends? It just doesn't make sense.

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