• More Girls Are Attempting Suicide. It’s Not Clear Why. (2018 NBC Report)

More Girls Are Attempting Suicide. It’s Not Clear Why. (2018 NBC Report)

… A new study out Wednesday finds that more kids are either thinking about or attempting suicide.

“When we looked at hospitalizations for suicidal ideation and suicidal encounters over the last decade, essentially 2008 to 2015, we found that the rates doubled among children that were hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or activity,” Dr. Gregory Plemmons of Vanderbilt University told NBC News.

… Although suicide ideation — thinking about suicide — and suicide attempts accounted for just 1 percent of all hospital visits, the numbers have steadily increased,

Half of the encounters involved teens aged 15 to 17; 37 percent were 12 to 14; and almost 13 percent were children aged 5 to 11 years. Girls made up nearly two-thirds of the cases.

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• How Gaslighting Affects Your Mental Health by J. Naftulin

How Gaslighting Affects Your Mental Health  by J. Naftulin

 Once in a while, it’s normal to have a fleeting moment where you question your own sanity, like when you’re severelysleep deprived or stressed out.

But if a relationship leaves you constantly second-guessing your own instincts and feelings, you may be a victim of a sophisticated form of emotional abuse: gaslighting.

Like other types of abuse, gaslighting can happen in all sorts of relationships, including personal, romantic, and professional.

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• ‘Deaths of Despair’ Take Toll Across U.S.

‘Deaths of Despair’ Take Toll Across U.S.

Snippets from the article:

By Betsy McKay and Renée Rigdon

April 2018

A grim tally of “years of life lost” shows that substance abuse, suicides and diabetes drove a rise in premature deaths in nearly half the country, according to researchers who mapped variations in death rates among people 20 to 55 years old.

The research offers a detailed look at the trends pulling down life expectancy among young and middle-aged Americans in recent years. So-called “deaths of despair,” including drug overdoses, have been on the rise, especially amongwhite Americans, according to recent studies.

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• #MeToo Movement Helps To Shed Light on Depression in Men

Some of what this article is discussing some liberals refer to as “Toxic Masculinity,” which is not, contrary to what some conservatives believe, saying that all men are abusive or that masculinity itself is toxic.

Toxic Masculinity refers to rigid societal gender expectations for boys and men, ones which can harm males (as well as females), such as what is discussed in this article.

#MeToo Movement Helps To Shed Light on Depression in Men

In the shadow of #MeToo revolution there is a quieter evolution occurring in the world of men: Famous men are coming forward to discuss their battles with anxiety and depression.

Just this Tuesday, NBA superstar Kevin Love penned a powerful pieceabout a panic attack he suffered during a game on Nov. 5, 2017. It is easy to miss the connection between Love’s story and the fight for gender equality. Males, from boys to old men, are prisoners of our own perceived indestructibility.

Love’s revelations about his battle with anxiety are part of a larger movement to destigmatize mental health and treat it as something more than the blues. Love was inspired by a former teammate, DeMar DeRozan, who himself came forward to discuss his depression in late February.

There are many obstacles to confronting mental health, but a common barrier for men is masculinity and gender expectations of male toughness, which Lovehighlighted, “Growing up, you figure out really quickly how a boy is supposed to act. You learn what it takes to ‘be a man.’ It’s like a playbook: Be strong. Don’t talk about your feelings. Get through it on your own.”

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• Abuse Survivor Blogs and Others Covering Horrible Christian Teachings and Counseling Methods Regarding Mental Health

I made a post on here a year or more ago where I expressed that I hoped that more Christian sites and blogs would cover mental health issues more often.

Farther below, you’ll see a set of links to other sites that have been discussing mental health in a Christian context. I may amend this post in the future to add more if I find them, unless I decide to make a new, separate post, that is.

There are many Christians who have mental health problems. (The number of all Americans generally, regardless of religious affiliation, appears to be on the increase; this is from 2018: Americans are more depressed and miserable than ever)

For years, I had clinical depression, and I still deal with anxiety. Neither the secular or Christian methods alleviated my depression or anxiety.

The Christian approaches to mental health I encountered amounted to “spiritual only” solutions, such as read the Bible daily, trust God, and pray to Jesus. None of those things worked for me.

Some Christian sources were also very victim-blaming, int hat they suggest things that if you have a mental health problem, it’s due to a personal sin, so that you brought it on yourself.

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• What Made Mental Illness a ‘Sin’? Paganism – podcast and article from Christianity Today

There is a podcast at the top of this page from Christianity Today:

What Made Mental Illness a ‘Sin’? Paganism via CT Magazine

Is suffering from mental illness the result of personal sin?

Last week, many Christians felt two prominent evangelical ministries affirmed that this was the case.

At last week’s evangelical women’s conference the IF Gathering, speaker Rebekah Lyons, in telling about her daughter’s anxiety attacks, suggested that mental illness could be healed through prayer.

The incidents at IF occurred several days after John Piper’s Desiring God ministry tweeted“We will find mental health when we stop staring in the mirror, and fix our eyes on the strength and beauty of God.”

Nearly 500 people responded to the tweet, saying that the message implied that counselors and medication were unnecessary to cure mental illness.

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• Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari

Regarding the book ‘Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions’ by Johann  Hari

I saw Hari interviewed on television about his book (his website about the book).

He states in his estimation one reason for the high numbers of depression in the United States, and perhaps elsewhere, is that people are lonely. They do not have as many social connections now as they did in the past.

He questions how effective anti-depressant medications are. (I was prescribed anti-depressant medications myself for many years from the several psychiatrists that I saw for depression, and they did not help my depression. Neither did the medications I was prescribed for anxiety cure me of anxiety. However, I don’t discourage other people from trying medications.)

Here are links about his book about this subject:

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong? by Johann Hari

In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 13 years, calls for a new approach

Lost Connections by Johann Hari review – too many drugs, not enough understanding

Part personal odyssey and part investigation, this rigorous if flawed study finds fault with contemporary treatment of depression and anxiety

[Hari, the author, experienced depression when younger. When he sought out medical help, the doctor gave him anti-depressant medication]

… It wasn’t until he was in his 30s that he thought of all the questions the doctor didn’t ask, such as: what was his life like?

What was making him sad? What changes could be made to make life more tolerable?

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