“Why We Think That Everything Happens for a Reason” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a nice weekend and ready for the week ahead. I hope you are excited for last 4 matches of FIFA World Cup as I am. With that said, lets start our Best 5 Reads.

1) Why We Think That Everything Happens for a Reason

Our brains connect dots and see “signal” in meaningless “noise.” We don’t easily dismiss things as random or coincidental. Mental disorders amplify and distort this tendency.

2) As ECT Marks 80th Birthday, Experts Reflect on Its Future

Researchers are using neuroimaging to determine additional ways to make this proven treatment for treatment-resistant depression even safer and more effective.

3) Midlife Fitness May Cut Future Depression, CVD Risk

A high fitness level in midlife is associated with lower risk of depression and CVD mortality in older age, new research shows.

4) Telemedicine Intervention for Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Long-term Care Facilities

Researchers of the DETECT study aim to assess the potential for future implementation of telemedicine consultation for managing neuropsychiatric symptoms in long-term care facilities.

5) Researchers Look Closely at Young Minds in Major New Study

A study supported by the National Institutes of Health seeks to track the behavioral development of young people before and during their teenage years.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for more reads.

Best Regards,


5 thoughts on ““Why We Think That Everything Happens for a Reason” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads

  1. How much is depression linked to an existential ‘lack of ultimate meaning’ – I am thinking of the post-death-of-God culture so many of us find ourselves in? Related to this is, how many psychotherapists have a spiritual basis to their practice? (How many understand the spiritual journey/path?)

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    1. Dear Erik,

      Thank you for stopping by. You raised a very important and interesting question.

      First of all, depression is a very common psychiatric disorder with very complex set of etiologies and risk factors (genetic,social,environmental etc) and with varied degree of severity.

      With regards to the link between depression and existential crisis of sorts, I am not really sure if there exists a link between two, and to what extent. Maybe there is a correlation but its hard to identify the causal relationship between two. I will try to read more articles on this topic in near future and will get back to you.

      With regards to spirtual aspect in psychotherapy, there is a type of psychotherapy called Existential Psychotherapy (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existential_therapy). It “is founded upon the belief that human existence is best understood through an in-depth examination of our own experiences. It focuses on concepts that are universally applicable to human existence including death, freedom, responsibility, and the meaning of life.”

      To read more on Existential Psychotherapy, you can refer to Yalom’s classic text here https://www.amazon.com/Existential-Psychotherapy-Irvin-D-Yalom/dp/0465021476. Its a full fledged book and contains a lot of detailed information about this topic.

      I hope the answer was helpful.

      Thanks again for stopping by 🙂


      1. Thanks Vikram – I am familiar with the existentialist approach – I am writing book about overcoming despair, using a part-autobiographical/spiritual approach. Here in the UK the government has made statements about how important mental health is. However, it is laughable how in-depth psychotherapy is onle available to the few who can pay for it. CBT is offered to the masses but as you know this therapy only addresses cognitive processes.

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