True grit

Cicero, back in around 45 BC, argued that anxiety is not an actual medical illness? “[M]ental anguish is a choice, something adopted voluntarily”. He believed that mental disorders were caused by misjudgements that make us feel intense emotion. To him, the cure was not medicine, but philosophy – or, in modern terms, self-help. In his own experience with severe depression after the death of his beloved daughter, he came to the conclusion that “we must exert all effort we can muster to push past and become our own healers”. Read full article here


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