Mental Health

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Daddy-less Daughters and Depression

"...Parental rejection and childhood anxiety predict depression between a young person’s 16th birthday and his or her 21st. But gender makes a difference: consistent with other inquiries, this study finds that 'girls reported more [depression] than boys.' ...This fits hand-in-glove with the results of a 2008 study establishing that 'the effects of parental divorce . . . differ between genders in respect to the development of depression with risk increasing for girls but not for boys.” [Read Article]
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Happiness Is Not a Solo Enterprise

"It has become increasingly apparent to me that happiness comes from 'with' as much as it comes from 'within.' ...Cultivating connections is life-enhancing and helps buffer against stress. Building a strong connection to a social group has been shown to help people with depression recover and prevent relapse. The benefits of social activity for the elderly abound as well... Resilience does not come from willpower or grit; it comes from relationships and hope. [Read Article]
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Freud’s Theories of the Unconscious Make a Comeback

"Neuroscience has demonstrated conclusively that there’s far more going on in the mind than the owners of those minds are generally aware... Take the phenomenon of medically unexplained symptoms.... [U]p to a third of people who go to the doctor have them. Their distress is real; the patient is not making it up. And yet no biological cause can be found... Freud’s central idea on conversion disorders – namely that a trauma, or perceived trauma, lies at the origin – is now routinely shown to have clinical efficacy." [Read Article]
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Getting Empathy Right

"Empathy is commonly understood to mean, ‘I know exactly how you feel because I have felt the same way myself.’ ...In reality, empathy is actually - projective self involvement. This is ultimately a form of narcissism that passes as caring. The real caring item is best described as ‘Responsiveness’... a process of  emotional receptivity, by which one is directly tuned into and involved with the other person with no reference to oneself at all.... This capacity and its origins all come from maternal love. The mother responds directly to her baby’s needs without any reference to herself... This is the source of all love. [Read Article]
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Could Epigenetics Explain Generational Trauma?

"It’s easy to see the traumas of your ancestors as merely painful blips in your family history. However, more and more research suggests that you stand the chance of inheriting an echo of these traumas in your very cells—in your epigenome—which may manifest in health conditions, a lowered ability to process stress, and/or predispositions to anxiety and depression... This information need not be discouraging... Consider that if one set of circumstances, such as trauma, caused epigenetic changes in your ancestors’ and your own biology, then making strides toward healing can make yet more changes, hopefully for the better." [Read Article]
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Whatever Happened to Melancholy?

"Everywhere you look these days you see something on how to be happy — how to manifest abundance, desires and success, find your bliss... Whatever happened to experiencing the grace of melancholy, which requires reflection: a sort of mental steeping, like tea? What if all this cheerful advice only makes you feel inadequate? What if you were born morose?" [Read Article]
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Changing the Way We See Depression

"I was inspired by a quote by Saint Teresa of Avila where she said 'The pain is still there. It bothers me so little now I feel my soul is served by it.' I interpreted that to mean that if God is in everything we should be able to find Him in all states... We may not all get to the point where we see ecstasy in depression, but deepening our understanding can help all of us to remove suffering and increase functionality... [A] deeper understanding can be the difference between life and death." [Read Article]
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Is the Mental Illness Epidemic Real?

"According to one study, about 50 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for at least one mental illness... within their lifetimes. That’s a stunning number—and one that more than a few experts view skeptically... This does not mean that all concerns about mental illness are overblown—the problem is a misplaced use of resources, as non-illnesses become overdiagnosed, and more serious illnesses are left untreated." [Read Article]