Archive for the ‘Jessie Tappel, M.S.’ Category

Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

Stigma about mental illness seems to be widely encouraged by the general public in the western world. During the last few months, Demi Lovato and many other celebrities are vocalizing their own battles against mental illness, helping to combat the stigma that underlies many mental disorders, including bipolar, depression, anxiety and PTSD. The recent death of John Nash, the world-renowned mathematician diagnosed with schizophrenia, once again turned the world to focus on the subject of...

The Holy Family: A Surprising Education

What happens when life doesn’t turn out as you expect it to? During the Feast of the Presentation, Joseph and Mary, in great joy, bring Jesus to the temple, and they receive a prophecy that pierces their hearts with a sword. Life comes with many struggles and surprises, oftentimes unexpected and unwelcomed. In reflecting back on the past, it is easier to think upon the varying waves of life and gain insight into meaning...

Back to the Roots of Family Regression

When we spend a significant period of time with our family or old friends from the past, an interesting psychological mechanism known as regression can take hold. Christmas and the holidays are a high season for regression, and while this may not be the full-blown regressive defense mechanism that Freud speaks of, it still has an effect on anyone who has experienced this behavior. We can all identify with our own experiences: the adult...

Communicating your way to sanctification

This week begins the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, opened by Pope Francis, to discuss the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children and the role of family in the life of the Church. It is crucial to understand how the Church can help support, guide and strengthen those living out their vocation to marriage. As many couples will testify, marriage is not without its particular struggles....

Beyond the Headlines of Domestic Violence

The breaking graphic video of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée sent a ripple of anger as the country became a bystander to the horrific reality of violence. A gut-reaction that something had to be done, consequences dealt and healing given, took hold of many. The explosion following the video led to criticism in the media spotlight of the handling of domestic violence issues. Institutional failure of the NFL and the mixed messaging of staying...

Battling Depression: A Catholic Perspective

The shocking events that have unfolded this week with the suicide of actor Robin Williams, have stirred up many controversial conversations on depression, mental illness and suicide. What makes depression, bipolar disorder, addiction and suicide so difficult to understand? How can we understand the relationship between spirituality and psychological well-being?

Depression, or Major Depressive Disorder, ranks among the more common medical illnesses, affecting up to 6.9 percent of the population. It is more than...