Getting through the Winter Blues

Sponsored By: Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI)


Join Come Receive the Light with our guest Dr. Randa Anderson with the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI) speaks with Fr. Gregory Joyce about the seasonal effects of shorter days and less sunshine also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Dr. Randa has great insight and tools to help those who experience depression during the winter including foods, exercise, and prayer.

Books Mentioned

Winter Blues, Fourth Edition: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder, by Norman E. Rosenthal MD

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Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by David D. Burns

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Meditate on These Things

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Phil 4:8-9

Websites Referenced

Image: Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh


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Rev. Fr. Gregory Joyce

Fr. Gregory Joyce is the Rector of St. Vladimir's Church. Part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. On St. George’s Day (April 23/May 6) of 1995 he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Laurus. Fr. Gregory served at Holy Trinity Monastery on the clerical staff and taught English and English as a Second Language at Holy Trinity Monastery during the academic year 1995-96. He received his Pastoral Theological Certificate from Holy Trinity Monastery in 1996. Later that same year Fr. Gregory was appointed Rector of St. Vladimir’s Church by Archbishop Alypy. In addition to being the Rector of St. Vladimir’s and Dean of the Diocesan Seminary, Fr. Gregory is the Secretary of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America, and the Dean of the Michigan parishes of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America. Fr. Gregory and Matushka Elizabeth make their home in Saline, MI with their three children. Email:


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