There's new evidence that depression is not just a disorder of the mind.
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How can you be happy if you don't understand what makes you happy? How can you feel successful and valued if you believe your priority is to get bigger and better? In the over-advertised, over-sexualized and over-mediatized day-to-day, kids and teenagers integrate myths and lies into their lives that take years of working through anguish of all kinds to unlearn. Okay, so your sex drive is through the roof, but what you're really craving is emotional intimacy.
Being in front a screen for hours every week during a decade or more is a perfect base upon which to build unrealistic expectations and programmed responses. When autonomy and adult priorities start entering the picture in late high school and college, many people don't know what to make of their new emotions and priorities because they haven't practiced living in reality
The case of Elliot Rodger, who went on a rampage in May 2014, is the extreme end result of toxic images and ideas that fill up our days. His manifesto "My Twisted World" is revealing of many common social ills that foster mental illness when left unaddressed in childhood and teenage years.
Part IV in a blog series on a new model of psychopathology.
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