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044-046: Dr. Jeremy Timothy on Depression, Neurology, and Theodicy

044-046: Dr. Jeremy Timothy on Depression, Neurology, and Theodicy

912406_4763414158987_956378379_nDr. Jeremy Timothy MD is a Pediatric Neurologist for Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. In this podcast Dr. Timothy shares how his Social Anxiety Disorder presented formative challenges throughout his life, and how bouts of depression and severe anxiety during his Residency almost ended his medical career. Through a combination of good medicine and therapy he emerged as a leader in his specialty, which requires him to treat to injured, mentally disabled, and handicapped children. On a daily basis he is confronted with the incredible tensions of faith and science, suffering and theodicy, and life and death. How he has learned to cope with his own weaknesses and bear the burdens of his patients and their families has shaped his faith in God and his connection to Mormonism.


  1. Debbie

    I am in the second part of this fascinating interview and I am loving it. Dr. Timothy’s background story is refreshingly honest and real. But when he gets into the discussion about the brain and its mysterious workings, I got hooked. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the interview on my afternoon walk tomorrow. My job in a school district is to do evaluations to determine eligibility for special education. I love it but seeing disabled children day in and day out for the past 15 years has left a knot of sadness and anxiety in my stomach that I have just learned to live with. I am interested to hear about how Dr. Timothy deals with seeing so much innocent suffering.

    This is a really great interview! Thanks for doing it.

  2. Carey Foushee

    I especially loved the last 15 minutes.

    Here’s 2 quotes that I think were really profound and yet very simple ideas that can be used in a typical Sunday School setting.

    Micah: Just like the way Christ bears our burdens. The way he bears our burdens is suffering with us through them.

    Jeremy: Maybe this will be for our experience, but you have to allow yourself to experience it.

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