I wished everyone would read this. Thank you Zombiedew! It confirms to me the importance to educate people more about mental illness and its correlates.
Mental illness affects all of us at one or more phases during our life. With Mental illness, I do not mean a lifelong “chemical brain disorder”, but often a phase of being temporarily mentally not healthy. It is not true that we all need medication, and the “serotonin-imbalance” requiring lifelong SSRIs is based on myth and marketing more than on anything else….but we need help when we are not doing well.
In particular have a close look at the quotes on “anhedonia”…that feeling of emptiness inside. The blandness…the deadness….When people feel the inability to feel pleasure…they will look for it….and won’t find it….temporarily distractions are not helping….as we should know by now….
Anxiety and depression and its relationship (anxiety leads to depression…and chronic stress leads to anxiety and leads to depression) is another important component contributing to marital dissatisfaction. The issue is not your partner, and not your marriage but in yourself!
Unfortunately, many wait too long as they either do not recognise its symptoms or are not getting the help that they require.
Love is a powerful emotion/feeling, and it can drive us to do incredible (and at times terrible) things.
When people think of “love”, the first thing they think of is usually passion or romance. Well, sex too – but that’s usually a byproduct of passion. Either way, it’s often perceived as an intense emotional response. Butterflies in the stomach, and an overwhelming desire to be with that other person.
Science has shown this “romance” stage of love is just that, a stage. It has a neurochemical basis, and usually only lasts for more than six months to two years.
When we are younger we often mistake the loss of intense feeling for the loss of love, and use that as an excuse/reason to jump to another “new” relationship where everything is exciting and fresh again. But eventually most people realize even after the intense feeling has dissipated, strong feelings…
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