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| Mental Health Quotes
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. (Krishnamurti)
Anxiety, depression and aggression, which are so often treated as mental illness, are simply the unconscious response to an inevitable sense of powerlessness gained from harsh uncaring environments. (Nick Parkins paraphrase, posted 15 March 2016, accessed 19 March 2016)
Good housing is crucial for good mental health.
(Shelter cited at BBC, 11m15s, posted and accessed 2 September 2018)
[Bruce: And yet 79% of UK people with mental health issues have lived in housing that has made their mental health worse (Mind , dated 2013, accessed 5 September 2018).
A good home (e.g. safe, nature, beauty, solar energy, kinship homesteads) should be a human right!]
Life is difficult. The tendency to avoid problems and the emotional suffering inherent in them is the primary basis of all mental illness.
(M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled)
[Comment by Bruce: When society is also damaged, it makes it that much harder to face personal problems.]
Most mental illnesses do that. They isolate you - rather than make you want to accept other people's love or your own love.
(Billie Marten cited at BBC, posted and accessed 11 November 2018)
[So, we need a Culture of Love to overcome the scourge of mental illness!]
They look at me like I've had a mental breakdown. I look at them like I've had a mental breakthrough. (Poet Christopher)
Mental health is on the increase due to our materialistic society. Our planet will not survive without spirituality - and I don't mean religion!
(Cynthia L. comment, posted and accessed 5 December 2018)
I have lived on the lip
of insanity, wanting to know reasons,
knocking on a door. It opens.
I've been knocking from the inside!
(Rumi; a translated quatrain from Unseen Rain; I interpret it to mean that the reasoned, outer world we live in is finally discovered to be the insane world, whilst the seemingly mad spiritual world is Real. It reminds me of the T. Golas quote: "Go beyond reason to Love. It is safe. It is the only safety.")
Hearing voices or feeling paranoid are common experiences which can often be a reaction to trauma, abuse or deprivation. Calling them symptoms of mental illness, psychosis or schizophrenia is only one way of thinking about them, with advantages and disadvantages. (The British Psychological Association, Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, 2014, cited in UPLIFT, posted 18 August 2015, accessed 20 January 2019)
The schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. (Joseph Campbell)
There’s a whole host of studies that show that performing kind deeds is good for your own wellbeing – like a recent Spanish experiment that saw employees asked to do something kind for their colleagues. Those on the receiving end of the kind act - perhaps unsurprisingly - reported increased happiness, but the people carrying out the gestures not only saw an increase in their own happiness – they also had an upsurge in levels of job and life satisfaction, and a decrease in depression levels. Powerful stuff.
(BBC, posted 6 March 2019, accessed 15 March 2019)
Most psychology theories teach us to look at pathology and what’s going wrong in people's lives. It isn’t surprising, therefore, that we often take on the same perspective for ourselves. In order to make a change, you have to train yourself to look at the unique, enjoyable moments you overlook as if they don't mean anything—like the fact that you’re alive and breathing! You have to remember how special and fortunate you are...
(Ilene Cohen, PhD, Psychology Today, posted 28 September 2018, accessed 1 April 2019)
Sleep is strongly linked to mental health: one major study has shown that sleep-deprived people are 40 times more likely to suffer clinical depression.
(Nicola Morgan, Blame My Brain, p.61; up to 75% of UK adults do not get enough sleep!)
As a spiritual seeker, you’ll know in your bones that creativity heals – and the medical profession is catching up to this. In fact, some branches of the NHS now deliver what they call ‘social prescribing’, where doctors prescribe, for example, poetry, walking or journaling for wellbeing and to alleviate stress and anxiety.
(Greta Solomon, posted 3 May 2019, accessed 16 May 2019)
Staying healthy is also the ability to give birth to new cells, new ideas and creative concepts. (Lilla Bek, How to Stay Healthy, track #4, 7m13s; excerpt)
Advertisers in general bear a large part of the responsibility for the deep feelings of inadequacy that drive women to psychiatrists, pills, or the bottle. (Marya Mannes)
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