“Not everything that can be faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin, 1962 article, As Much Truth As One Can Bear
“If a rat is a good model for your emotional life, you’re in big trouble.” ~Robert Sapolsky, neurobiologist
“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” ~Dolly Parton
“We have two rulebooks — one for charity and one for the rest of the economic world. It’s an apartheid and it discriminates against the nonprofit sector…” You want to make $50 million selling violent video games to kids—go for it—we’ll put you on the cover of Wired magazine. But, you want make half a million dollars trying to cure kids of malaria you’re considered a parasite yourself.”
April is Stress Awareness Month. According to Mayo Clinic psychiatrist, Daniel K. Hall-Flavin, M.D., chronic stressful life situations can increase the risk of developing depression, if you aren’t coping with the stress well. The World Health Organization says depression will be the 2nd leading cause of disability and death worldwide by 2030 (up from 4th today—see pg 34). A task force of U.S. clinicians from leading medical schools recommends screening of adolescents (12–18 years of age) for major depressive disorder when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, psychotherapy, and follow-up.
Separately, a study of U.S. adults found among the groups that tended to be depressed were:
We are also aware that the mental health of those caring for a loved one may suffer due to their caregiving responsibilities, and the resulting stress. Strength for Caring, a Johnson & Johnson Initiative, has published an entire section on how to reduce stress, manage multiple responsibilities, and find time to care for you as well as your loved one.