AuthorsDen.com   Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Myra Darwish, iJohn MacEachern, iDavid Page, iPinckney Rivers, iSonny Hudson, iPhilip Hughes-Luing, iKim Glassman, i

  Home > Essays > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Roberta Maria Atti

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· Stories
· 9 Titles
· 41 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Jul, 2007

Roberta Maria Atti, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Alone Against the Arctic
by Anthony Dalton

The story of the author's near-fatal voyage in Arctic waters...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
bipolar bare
by carlton davis

A memoir of my life's journey with mental illness..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





Mental Health
By Roberta Maria Atti   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Saturday, August 04, 2007
Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2007

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


An essay on mental health.

MENTAL HEALTH

The mind, body, spirit and emotions are inseparable. Like players in a team, they can be isolated and observed separately, but we cannot expect to fully understand their role unless we take into account the whole team. Psychotherapy cannot be purely mental or emotional, detached from body and spirit: integration is necessary.

In our search for a therapeutic model that works in today's world, we must start by critiquing the prevailing styles of psychotherapy, not so much to devalue, but rather in an attempt to improve their effectiveness.

As we explore the clinical approach to mental illness in its practical applications, the model we are most likely to encounter seems to be but an offshoot of current medical paradigms: it is as if our soul struggles were just one more form of pathology, to be eradicated by any means necessary, for the soul's own benefit and for the good of humanity.

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for us, the human soul refuses to be conscripted within such limits. This is clearly demonstrated by our ineffectiveness at establishing adequate levels of social sanity.

Given the vast improvement we have witnessed, this may sound like an unfair assessment, however, serious mental pathology is not relegated to mental hospitals and may be at play in many of the dynamics we accept as the price of progress and don't normally think of as insane. How mentally sound is it to pollute our land and water, cut down oxygen producing forests and hunt tigers into extinction, just to name a few examples of what I'm referring to?

Mental illness manifests as a destructive force in individuals and communities, tearing into the matrix of life itself. It suffocates hope, joy, compassion and creativity. Mental illness confuses us with half truths and false enlightenment while all we seem to be able to do, more often than not, is prescribe mind altering drugs, clinging to the belief that numbness may be our only salvation.

But addressing global sanity is a huge endeavor and must be tackled with patience, not to mention humility. If we are determined to foster social sanity we must begin by focusing on the individual, the person who suffers with emotional and mental pain, the soul who is looking for an answer to life's irreducible dilemma. The one who seems to be lost in paradox and confusion, struggling to find balance on the tight rope of existence, often afraid to take a step forward or back.

And perhaps, as a first step, we might want to recognize that, no matter how evolved we think we are, we will never truly be mentally or spiritually "sane" until we personally arrive at a source of compassion that doesn't discriminate, condemn and/or blame anyone or anything for the suffering in our lives.

It may sound like a simplistic, trite and vague cliche', but I invite all of us to ponder on it a bit longer, before discarding the idea.

And may we all be surprised by what might happen if we do just that.

Web Site: Helium



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!





Beyond Religion, Volume I, eBook by Stan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski)

An Inquiry into the Nature of Being. eBook Edition, Non-fiction, 52 Essays, 240 pages ..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Essays on Human Potential, Volume I by Stan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski)

An anthology of essays exploring the subject of Human Potential...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.