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From: "Andrew Phelps"


Subject: Re: [RadPsyNet-Members] The Roots of Mental Health

Date: Friday, June 3, 2016 6:07 PM



The "roots" concern falls back on the philosophical approach to mental health behavior (and "social science" in general) which is the dominant paradigm today.

See for instance:

Donald Phillip Verene (1997). Vico's Scienza Nuova and Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Philosophy and Literature 21 (2):392-404.

James Joyce wrote of the social experience (first sentence of Finnegan's Wake) as "the commodious vicus of recirculation." Verene (Emory Univ., Decatur, GA) writes of how that relates to the challenge to the philosophy of social science developed by Giambattista Vico in the 18th century.



Andrew Phelps



On Friday, June 3, 2016, 4:11 PM, Ilo wrote:

The Roots of Mental Health — Maybe They’re Not In Our Heads

The number of people — and women in particular — who are taking antidepressants worldwide has skyrocketed in recent years. Here in the States, the count is at 30 million. One out of every four women in their forties and fifties takes them. And antidepressants aren’t just being prescribed for depression; they’re being given to those of us struggling with PMS, stress, irritability, anxiety, lack of sleep, and so on. But what if antidepressants aren’t a cure for any of these conditions, or even a safe way to treat the symptoms?

In her book, A Mind of Your Own, Dr. Kelly Brogan (board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine) argues that our common understanding of depression as a disease caused by chemical imbalances in the brain is…entirely wrong. Lifestyle imbalances, and inflammation, she explains, are actually at the root of depression and anxiety. Dr. Brogan’s case against conventional medicine—backed up by a veritable library of shocking research studies, along with personal stories we can all relate to—is very compelling. As are her suggested solutions (and 30-day action plan) for finally feeling well and like yourself, pill-free. Below, Dr. Brogan shares a new paradigm for mental health.