"That October I suffered my first bout of depression in over 10 years...I tried to read books and failed; I tried to watch films and couldn’t focus for more than a few minutes at a time. My attention span, never a soldier, had shrivelled up. So I found myself clutching my phone and switching between the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter apps for hours at a time. Not to post — I couldn’t think of anything — but to consume. Yet with every double-tap on the home button, with every pull-to-refresh motion, things got worse..." [Read Article]
"...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]
"3 percent of men and 2.7 percent of women in the sample were not heterosexual (gay, lesbian, or bisexual). The rest were straight. And the line between these two groups was not completely impermeable, but it was still clear... The researchers also found that mental health issues—such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, etc.—reinforced the existence of a dividing line between heterosexuality and non-heterosexuality, with straight men and women experiencing them at lower rates than their peers." [Read Article]
"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]
Backed by groundbreaking clinical research, Columbia psychologist Lisa Miller is proposing a new vision of parenting that makes nurturing "natural spirituality" the first priority for a child’s mental health and happiness. Could her work spark the next religious awakening?
Only by recovering a sense of awe and reverence for the mysteries hidden in nature and in the heart of the human soul—together with our children—can we restore hope for their future and the future of the earth they will inherit from us.
“'When you do a clinical trial, you’re getting a bunch of people who are ‘depressed,’ but they’re actually very different. It’s like comparing apples, pears, and tangerines... Our current concept of depression is left over from times when we didn’t really understand it very much. We know so much more about it now—physically, genetically, neurochemically—and we should be using that.'” [Read Article]