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In this Newsletter:

  • Stronger Marriages
  • Understanding Depression
  • Is Depression Hereditary?
  • Why Do Christians Get Depressed?
  • What Causes Depression

Stronger Marriages 

CFI is going to be teaching at The Church at Battle Creek this June and July.  We look forward to educating the community and getting to know you. This series is for anyone who is married or thinking about getting married.  If your spouse is unable to attend for any reason, we encourage to come by yourself.  Young marrieds, emptynesters, and seniors will all find help in this series.  This series of topics will touch on biblical and sound family systems principles relevant to your situation. (more...)

Understanding Depression

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. When you have depression, however, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness; even those with the most severe depression can get better with treatment.   ( continue reading... )

Is Depression Hereditary?

This is the age-old question of nature vs. nurture. Are mood disorders (depression/anxiety) a result of nature (genetics/brain chemistry) or nurture (upbringing/environment)?  It may be beneficial to think in terms of risk factors (more...)

Why Do Christians Get Depressed?

Christians are not immune to depression.  Christians face the same challenges as non-Christians.  Depression can affect anyone, at any age, race or ethnic group.  According to the National Institute for Mental Health, clinical depression affects more than 19 million Americans each year. (continue reading...

8 Things To Do To Help Beat Depression

Improve the quality of your life by taking control of depression before it takes control of you.  Depression can sometimes be managed with a few techniques. A few suggestions to try when you begin to feel down include:


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Bowden McElroy, M.Ed. on behalf of
Christian Family Institute

Our Staff includes:
Dale R. Doty, Ph.D.
William B. Berman, Ph.D.
G. Bowden McElroy, M.Ed.
Eric L. Clements, M.S. 
Timothy D. Doty, Psy.D.
Krista Caveny, M.A.
Jennifer Giles, M.S.
Chris Giles, M.S.
Joseph James, Psy.D.