some interesting links
http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/text/prgrm/fsw ... -eng.shtml
one of my "pet" theories is that a portion of mental illness is due to people acquiring crappy mental firmware that constructs a barrier between them and "happiness"
like making the mental link between stress and some sort of vice, be it drugs, alchohol, gambling, risky behavior, workaholism and so on
when what the body is actually craving is a reduction in the tension between our innate natural hungers and the stressfull lifestyle we have acquired.
nature, camping, careful risk taking, animals, healthy food, music, social intensity, ....these are the sustainable things we need to reach for when we are over stressed - and that requires a bit of mental rewiring
when I was a few weeks from graduating from undergrad, this one particular stuck-on-left-hemispheric german prof drove me crazy - and I walked out of the classroom in tears, having a mini-breakdown.
I ended up at a Catholic retreat centre (Madonna House, Combermere Ontario), and as they are wont to do, I was soon chopping wood in a beautiful forest, eating organic food communally, sleeping in a wood cabin bunkhouse, and what startled me was how quickly my mental state rebalanced. Within a few days I was fine and went back and finished school.