Stress blog

Community and faith key to overcoming adversity

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. October 6, 2010

Need more help?

If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Some of the stories that people share in the blog comments are almost beyond comprehension. I often ask myself how people find the strength to move on and live productive, creative and meaningful lives despite unbelievable hardships.

I believe that there's some sort of energy — whether you call it karma or grace or chi — that gives individuals the strength to move forward and to somehow make the world a little better.

It's also clear that reaching out to others is vital for survival. Whatever you're going through, others have gone through too — and they can help you come out on the other side.

Early humans survived and thrived because they worked together as hunters and gatherers. Although we don't have to hunt and gather our food, we do need support and assistance from others in our tribe.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Oct. 06, 2010