• #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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• With Workplace Suicides Rising, Companies Plan for the Unthinkable

With Workplace Suicides Rising, Companies Plan for the Unthinkable By Rachel Feintzeig

By Rachel Feintzeig

Updated Jan. 17, 2018 4:45 p.m. ET

Sudden and traumatic, the incidents can prompt ripples of anger and guilt across an organization, potentially damaging productivity

As suicide rates have climbed in recent years, so have instances of employees ending their lives at the workplace.

… Nationwide, the numbers are small but striking. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, suicides at workplaces totaled 291 in 2016, the most recent year of data and the highest number since the government began tallying such events 25 years ago.

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• Facebook Rolls Out AI to Detect Suicidal Posts Before They’re Reported

Facebook Rolls Out AI to Detect Suicidal Posts Before They’re Reported

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook’s AI could spot suicidal tendencies in users quicker than friends

Facebook Is Using “A.I.” to Tell If You’re Suicidal. Here’s What That Really Means.  

Facebook is rolling out AI-based suicide prevention effort

The company said on Monday it is now using artificial intelligence to identify posts, videos, and Facebook Live streams containing suicidal thoughts. It will also use the technology to prioritize the order its team reviews posts.

 In March, Facebook (FB) began a limited test of AI-based suicide prevention efforts on text-only posts in the U.S.

Its latest effort will bring the automated flagging tools on text and video posts globally, except in the EU where data privacy restrictions are different than other parts of the world.

In a blog post, the company detailed how AI looks for patterns on posts that may contain references to suicide or self-harm. In addition to searching for words and phrases in posts, it will scan the comments. According to Facebook, comments like “Are you ok?” and “Can I help?” can potentially be an indicator of suicidal thoughts.

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• A Rescue Plan For The Anxious Child by Andrea Petersen

This article from The Wall Street Journal, which I include further below in this post, reminds me of my childhood.

I had social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. I still struggle with some of these things, but I don’t think it’s as severe in some ways now for me.

When I was a kid, and even into my 20s, I was usually too afraid to make eye contact with waiters in restaurants, or talk to waiters to give them my order – I sometimes forced myself to do those things, however.

None of the mental health professionals I saw for over two decades diagnosed me with anxiety, though I had a severe case of anxiety since childhood. I had to do research on my own to figure out that is what it was called – anxiety.

When I got older and brought this up with a psychiatrist I was seeing, and described it to her, she agreed I had anxiety disorders, as did the next doctor I saw, and they both prescribed anti-anxiety medications for me (the medications did not work. Yes, we tried using the meds at different dosages. Yes, I tried different meds. None of that worked.)

One odd thing about this 2017 article I link you to below is that there is one quite similar to it from 2008 by the same author, also on the same news site.

I have some comments below this:

The Right Way for Parents to Help Anxious Children


Anxiety disorders are common in childhood, and many parents naturally want to shield their youngsters from distress. But that is often the exact opposite of what they should do

December 8, 2017

By Andrea Petersen

…Anxiety becomes a disorder… when it impairs a child’s basic functioning – preventing her from going to school or making friends, for example – or causes serious distress. Anxious kids tend to have physical symptoms, such as headaches and stomachaches, which don’t have a medical cause.

Anxiety disorders are remarkably common among children in the U.S.: nearly one-third of them will have an anxiety disorder by age 18, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – and girls are more at risk.
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