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The Essential Ingredient for Youth Mental Health   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_5971679The years between 15-25 are frequently a time of questioning and great discovery, but like many others I found them difficult. I had to deal with chronic disease, failure in my chosen career, a persistent lack of self-worth along with indecision about an alternative career path, and loneliness.

Although never diagnosed, a psychologist would probably have called me depressed.

However, along the rugged path to recovering my childhood inner contentment I found that spiritual activities like prayer, research into some of the world’s most meaningful spiritual writings and participating in church were keeping me sane, mentally motivated, and connected to others in a nurturing environment.

The refocus on unselfish activities gave me a feeling of self-worth again and also contributed to a hopefulness that things would get better. In time, it opened up previously unknown pathways to fulfillment.

Rather than restricting me or quashing my critical thinking, my adolescent research into the spiritual nature of mental and physical health made me realise that what I needed all along was to put into daily practice a growing understanding of my radically awesome relationship to the Divine Being.

To the degree that I acknowledged it, I found that I could actually experience divine Love expressing kindness and unselfishness in me; the divine Mind reflecting intelligence and wisdom in me; the divine Life demonstrating health and wellbeing in me; and so on (ideas from Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy).

Things started to go right for me again. You could say that I saw “the wilderness and desert begin to blossom as the rose”, an image so beautifully depicted in the Bible.

Perhaps not surprisingly, I ended up more consistently in the right head space with a much better view of myself – and was probably a lot more likeable, as well!

A 2008 study published in Australian Family Physician and written by Dr Craig Hassed, Faculty of Medicine at Monash University in Melbourne, reported that “Spirituality is an important determinant of physical, emotional and social health…”

When commenting on escalating trends in youth mental illness his study suggests that “there may be too little attention being given to the ‘protective factors’ against mental illness, of which, particularly for adolescents, are connectedness and having a spiritual or religious dimension to one’s life” (Hassed, The role of spirituality in medicine, 2008).

It’s heartening to learn that spirituality is acknowledged as central to youth mental health by a growing number of psychologists.

It seems to me that clinicians need to speak to the community more about the benefits of spirituality in the treatment of anxiety and depression, and not just in young people, but for everyone.

A spiritual dimension to life will undoubtedly assist you, whether you’re young or old, as you seek (and find) a better, healthier and happier you. That would be the real you!

This article, by Kay Stroud, has been published in the Sunshine Coast Daily, Lismore Northern Star and Bundaberg News Mail.  Kay is a freelance writer focussing on the undeniable connection between our thinking and our health. 

Who You Really Are, and What That Self-Discovery Can Do For You   Leave a comment

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On this 30 minute radio program guests discuss the question of what really defines us.  Our identity is at the base of much soul-searching. Human parameters, such as job title, financial status, even family heritage, offer only a narrow view. Hear about a different lens-a spiritual lens-through which to view ourselves, one that cuts through the human labels and brings real freedom.

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How We Perceive Ourselves is Vital to the Quality of Our Experience … Who Do You Think You Are?   Leave a comment

shutterstock_154401065Recently I was reminded of the statement from the book of Proverbs:  “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”   This set me to questioning my innermost thoughts. Who do I think I am? …New SH (2)

When answering the question “Who do I think I am?” correct reasoning is vital.  Starting from the premise that existence is entirely spiritual we can come to know in our heart who we really are (and who we are not).  This understanding brings healing.  Read more …

 

This article, Who Do You Think You Are? by Mary-Louise Collins was originally published in the Christian Science Journal.  It can now be accessed through JHS-online.  In it Mary-Louise describes the spiritual reasoning that led to her gaining freedom from pain and ill-health.  Through her study of the book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, she gained a deeper understanding of her true spiritual identity and this brought physical and emotional peace and a lasting joy.

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Depression Healed   Leave a comment

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On this 30 minute radio program guests talk about how they have overcome debilitating depression through spiritualisation of thought.  They discuss the ideas that brought new light to their thinking and freedom to their lives.

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Mental Health – On Whose Terms?   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_10521178Iain Napier tells his story of recovery and freedom from incapacitating depression …

…  “I’ve been diagnosed with depression,” I thought to myself. “Can I seriously think of anything more depressing than taking pills for depression?”

I searched for a while. The answer was a very firm “No.” If the problem was depression, I reasoned, it was a state of mind. What could drugs and more sleep do? The disturbing thoughts and troubling existential and moral questions would still be there.New SH (2)

… when I did finally take my school friend’s advice at the end of the academic year and picked up a copy of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, it immediately spoke to me.  Read more …

 

The full text of this article, Mental Health – On Whose Terms? by Iain Napier, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  In it Iain tells how a change of base in his thinking – a change to a more spiritual perspective – gave him permanent freedom and a return to peace and well-being.

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A Spiritual Approach to Anxiety and Depression   Leave a comment

shutterstock_162594128 (2)I was reading the newspaper last summer when these sentences made me sit up: “According to the World Health Organization, the disease that robs the most adults of the most years of productive life is not AIDS, not heart disease, not cancer. It is depression” (Tina Rosenberg, “Fighting Depression, One Village at a Time,” The New York Times, July 18, 2012). And while the options for treatment are many, I also learned that the number of individuals taking prescription drugs for depression or anxiety is also on the rise. …

We all deserve to feel settled and able to approach our day with dominion and peace. …

Is it possible to cure anxiety and depression, without the use of drugs?

A friend of mine recently began to suffer from the effects of severe anxiety and was very discouraged to hear her doctor advise her to start taking an antidepressant. She is not one to turn quickly to medication, so in talking with me, she wondered if there was another way. My friend knew that I had once gained complete relief from severe symptoms of anxiety through a spiritual approach, and she asked me how I coped without the use of drugs. I shared with her the metaphysical treatment that I followed, and how it might apply to others seeking relief: …. continue reading …

This article, A Spiritual Approach to Anxiety and Depression by Susan Trish, was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor.  It is now available on christianscience.com.  In it Susan talks about the mental alertness she fostered that allowed her to detect and defeat negative thoughts, how she found gratitude an invaluable help and how she finally learned to love her self more as she realized her true spiritual identity.

 

Perfect Peace: Bipolar No More   Leave a comment

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Elizabeth Kellogg tells of her complete healing of diagnosed bipolar disorder  …

I had a mental breakdown and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The doctors said that the disease was incurable, that it would become more severe as I aged, and that medication would be required for the rest of my life to control the symptoms. The diagnosis was devastating. I had never even heard the word bipolar before, but as the doctors continued to describe the symptoms, I found myself agreeing with their assessment. …

… This healing took place more than six years ago, and I can honestly say that childlike trust and full-toned joy are all that remain of the experience. … Read more

 

The full text of this article, Perfect Peace:  Bipolar No More by Elizabeth Kellogg, was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  In it she describes how her understanding of her spiritual nature transformed her life and rid her of this diagnosis.

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