• The Internet Has Changed The Way We Grieve Forever

The Internet Has Changed The Way We Grieve Forever by Jo Bell

The Internet Has Changed The Way We Grieve Forever

People don’t die in the same way that they used to. In the past, a relative, friend, partner would pass away, and in time, all that would be left would be memories and a collection of photographs.

These days the dead are now forever present online and digital encounters with someone who has passed away are becoming a common experience.

Each one of us has a digital footprint—the accumulation of our online activity that chronicles a life lived online through blogs, pictures, games, web sites, networks, shared stories, and experiences.

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• Religious Trauma Syndrome and the (Negative) Effects of Religion on Mental Health

Religious Trauma Syndrome and the (Negative) Effects of Religion on Mental Health

Several years ago, atheist Richard Dawkins made some kind of comment about any and all religion being taught to a child by his or her parents as being a form of “child abuse.” That Dawkins did not offer any caveats or qualifiers to that comment made it seem very obnoxious to me.

I personally do not think that all religion, or belief in a deity is always, or necessarily, or by default, detrimental. It would depend on the particulars involved.

There are many conservative (and possibly some progressive) Christians who would have an automatic negative response to a post such as this one, if they believe it includes Christianity.

Yet, these same Christians (the conservatives especially) would not hesitate to recognize and acknowledge the negative, harmful ramifications of Satanism, militant Islam, or some types of atheist worldviews. They seem hesitant to admit that those who wear the same label as themselves – “Christian” – also at times express repulsive views or practice abuse.

RTS – Religious Trauma Syndrome

I believe this is Winell’s site – or Dr. Darrel Ray’s:

Recovering From Religion

Podcast: Living After Faith

Dr. Marlene Winell joins us for a discussion of Religious Trauma Syndrome and PTSD. Valerie Tarico’s interview with Dr. Winnell. Journey Free Dr. Marlene Winnell’s

The Health Effects of Leaving Religion

…Not every recent deconvert necessarily needs these resources, though. Some who leave religion become healthier than they were before. This was the case for Annie Erlandson.

…Other negative health behaviors sometimes associated with being religious, according to social psychologist Dr. Clay Routledge in Psychology Today, are cognitive dissonance (consistent religious doubts can harm your health) and avoidant coping.

An example of the latter is the attitude that things are “all in God’s hands,” which could potentially keep people from taking action on behalf of their own health.

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• Practical Advice on How to Help A Depressed (Possibly Suicidal) Friend by C. Madden, PhD

Practical Advice on How to Help A Depressed (Possibly Suicidal) Friend by C. Madden, PhD

Practical Advice on How to Help A Depressed (Possibly Suicidal) Friend by C. Madden, PhD

Snippets:

Robin Williams. Kate Spade. Now Anthony Bourdain.

Just three of many celebrities who have committed suicide recently.

While our hearts ache for those we loved from afar, the problem isn’t limited to the rich and famous. Statistically, death by suicide has risen by 25% since the year 1999, and suicide is in the top ten causes of death in the United States. It’s an epidemic.

As a therapist, I’m deeply concerned about this quickly escalating mental health crisis. If you yourself aren’t personally struggling with depression, I’m quite sure you know someone who is. That’s why I’m offering this practical advice on what to do when someone you love becomes depressed.

Don’t Pretend to Understand if You Don’t

Yes, you’ve been sad, but sadness is not depression. Depression isn’t being sad. If you haven’t struggled with real depression, you don’t understand.

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• Inappropriate Responses or Attitudes Towards Suicide Victims

Inappropriate Responses or Attitudes Towards Suicide Victims

TLDR = A summary of sorts of what follows below:

It’s the oddest thing: people who write editorials about people who have suicidal thoughts or about people who died from suicide claim to find suicide sad or upsetting, and they claim to have compassion for those with suicidal ideation, but they go on in their articles to insult and demean those very same people by calling them selfish, cowards, or what have you.


When a famous person kills him or herself, it’s common for commentators to rush out of the wood work to shame, scold, or criticize the person and offer up all manner of horrid advice on how said suicide could’ve been averted.

Some conservative commentators have moronically claimed that culture has “romanticized” suicide, or made it appear sexy or glamorous, and these writers conclude that this supposed romanticization is one thing contributing to the increase in suicide rates.

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• The Mystery Around Middle-Age Suicides By Sumathi Reddy

The Mystery Around Middle-Age Suicides By Sumathi Reddy

The Mystery Around Middle-Age Suicides By Sumathi Reddy

The death rate is climbing for those between 45 and 64, new CDC data show

June 14, 2018

The recent suicides of two well-known figures— celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade— underscore a sobering reality: Suicide rates for people in middle age are higher than almost any other age group in the U.S. and rising quickly.

…Experts say mental illness, substance abuse, loneliness and financial and relationship problems all have contributed to suicide rates increasing. But it’s unclear why suicide appears to peak in middle-aged people.

“Life satisfaction hits an all-time low in middle age. This dip in happiness is known as the U curve,” says Samantha Boardman, a clinical instructor in medicine and psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

“Depression and stress are particularly high in this age group. Juggling responsibilities and managing multiple roles takes a toll and can lead to feeling overwhelmed, a loss of control and despair.”

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• Why People Kill Themselves. It’s Not Depression by Mike Goulson

Why People Kill Themselves. It’s Not Depression by Mike Goulson

Why People Kill Themselves. It’s Not Depression by Mike Goulson

Snippets:

With regard to Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, we have two more reasons to collectively feel the pain and bewilderment from another high-profile suicide as well as our collective search to answer “why?”

Was it financial problems? Marital problems? Health problems? Legal problems? Depression? Bipolar depression? Alcoholism?

After having spent a twenty-five plus year career as a “boots on the ground” suicide specializing psychiatrist, mentored by one of the pioneers in the field, Dr. Edwin Shneidman, I have to conclude that none of those factors cause suicide.

True, they all contribute to it, but there are many, many people with each or even several of the above conditions that don’t die by suicide.

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• Kate Spade Suicide: Uncovering Gender’s Role in Mental Illness Diagnosis, Treatment

Kate Spade Suicide: Uncovering Gender’s Role in Mental Illness Diagnosis, Treatment

Snippets:

  • The exact medical nature of Kate Spade’s depression has not been revealed, but her tragic suicide does highlight links between gender and mental illness.
  • Women suffer from depression and bipolar disorder in ways that are distinct from men.
  • Hormonal changes around pregnancy and menopause have been studied but lack an abundance of evidence.
  • In the case of bipolar disorder, women are prone to a dangerous form of rapidcycling from highs to lows, which can be lethal.

by Ashleigh Garrison

…But there’s another angle that’s underexplored: the role of gender in depression and bipolar disorder.

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