How Judaism Could Do More to Acknowledge Mental Health
Sharon Ross has suffered from depression for more years than she can remember. Although she visited every doctor under the sun nothing including medication, therapy or psychiatric hospitals seemed to help. In the end she was diagnosed with dysthymia - permanently miserable with occasional dips into chronic depression. And then one day she found the term 'executive function' on Wikipedia. She came to understand that although she had intelligence in some way her brain didn't function. Her problems were neurological, caused by her epilepsy, rather than psychological. Nearly one and a half years later Sharon is about to start a diet - the ketogenic diet - to help control her brain activity. Sharon is a committed Jew, has three children, and a very long suffering husband.