The Devil is in the Diagnosis

The nurse asked me to bring a Bible to the psychiatric ward. It was the summer of my seminary training as a hospital chaplain in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center. I was the on-call chaplain that night. Through a long maze of dimly lit and deserted hospital corridors, I reached what seemed to be aContinue reading “The Devil is in the Diagnosis”

Just Try Harder Lecture

What you don’t expect a child psychiatrist to say to your son: “What’s wrong with you? Why can’t you work as hard as your sister? Why are you so lazy? You just need to try harder.” “Trying harder” is harder than you think when you suffer from a mental health disease. There is stuff goingContinue reading “Just Try Harder Lecture”

Let the Light In

Today millions of Christians around the world will lower their heads in prayer, be marked with a sooty cross, and begin a 40 day season of purposeful spiritual reflection. On this day we collectively acknowledge our mortality. When I think of the fleeting nature of my time on earth, it makes me want to liveContinue reading “Let the Light In”