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Mental Illness & Psychology

Sugar could rot your memory. So, how long does it take to reverse?

By Liam Mannix (Science Reporter) 4 May 2018 – The Age Newspaper   Fuzzy memory? Your sugar intake might be to blame. Sugar-packed soft-drinks aren’t just bad for our teeth and waistline, new scientific theories suggest they may also be affecting our memory. Recent Australian trials suggest that sugary drinks appear to have a significant effect on memory in animals. We ... Read More »

‘Really worrying’: Anaesthetic affects children’s brains

By Liam Mannix 28 April 2018 – The Age Newspaper General anaesthetic might be bad for children’s brains – but poverty, poor nutrition or delaying life-saving surgery is much worse, say experts. An alarming new Australian study published this week linked a dose of ‘general’ anaesthetic with a small but significant dip in school performance and brain development for thousands ... Read More »

Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos: On Psychiatric Illnesses and Demonic Possession

Elder Epiphanios was asked: “Many Christians maintain that psychiatric illnesses are due to demonic influence and, with this viewpoint, they reject the use of psychiatric medicines. What do you have to say about this position?” “A certain percentage and, furthermore, a small percentage of ‘psychiatric patients’ are really possessed. The majority, however, of psychiatric patients are not possessed nor are ... Read More »

Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos: On Psychiatric Medications

Elder Epiphanios was asked: “Are Christians allowed to take psychiatric medicines? Because many maintain that anxiety, depression, melancholy and, in general, psychiatric disorders of the soul are healed only with spiritual life: that is, with prayer, going to church, confession, Holy Communion, etc.” “When necessary, the Christian must also take them.” “But what can these medications do to the soul ... Read More »

St Porphyrios – How Our Past Affects Us

Man is not solely responsible for his transgressions.  The mistakes, sins and passions are not only personal experiences of the person who comes to confession. Every person has incorporated into himself the experiences of his parents and especially of his mother, that is, how his mother lived when she was carrying him in her womb—if she was anxious, if her ... Read More »

Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos: On Psychoanalysis

Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos was asked: “Elder, it is known that a percentage of psychiatrists considers continence during a young age as a cause of psychiatric illnesses. What can we answer them?” He answered: “This viewpoint of theirs is mistaken and the explanation for this is very simple. All those who visit the psychiatrist are ill. No one who is healthy ... Read More »