There is much criticism of the McCanns for jogging in and around Praia da Luz. Yes the usual nasties say they couldn’t care about looking for their daughter, so they took a jog instead.
Some parents can’t face the prospect of being the person who could find their missing child dead. And to be honest the Police prefer to do the searching because if they do find the missing child and they are in fact dead, the Police will want to preserve the crime scene. Because a natural reaction of the parent may be to go and hold their child, which could and would contaminate the crime scene. All search parties are told that if they find anything they are to report it immediately to the Police and preserve the scene and not allow others near the body.
This fear of searching by parents is highlighted in a case from Scotland where Margaret Davidson openly admits that she could not go and search out of fear for what she might find. The video can be viewed in this post about how Margaret Davidson could not bring herself to search for her missing child. Lisa Irwin is another mother who has stated she could not search out of fear.
Kate and Gerry McCann are both Doctors, Kate McCann at the time of her daughters disappearance was a GP and would have read all the research into depression and there is a high probability that some of her patients would have suffered from depression in one form or another, whether it be mild or severe.
Doctors do NOT like to start a patient on anti-depressants unless they have to. Doctors prefer for the patient to handle their depression without resorting to medication and will advice them of ways to help. One of the ways is exercise. Running, jogging, even cleaning the car and doing the garden can help fight depression.
An article written for the Mayo Clinic in dealing with major depression states the following:
How does exercise help depression and anxiety?
Exercise probably helps ease depression in a number of ways, which may include:
- Releasing feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (neurotransmitters and endorphins)
- Reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression
- Increasing body temperature, which may have calming effects
Exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits too. It can help you:
- Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.
- Take your mind off worries. Exercise is a distraction that can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression.
- Get more social interaction. Exercise may give you the chance to meet or socialize with others. Just exchanging a friendly smile or greeting as you walk around your neighborhood can help your mood.
- Cope in a healthy way. Doing something positive to manage anxiety or depression is a healthy coping strategy. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on how badly you feel, or hoping anxiety or depression will go away on its own can lead to worsening symptoms.
It also goes on to state:
Certainly running, lifting weights, playing basketball and other fitness activities that get your heart pumping can help.
Even the NHS has this to say:
Exercise can help people recover from depression and prevent them from becoming depressed in the first place.
Nobody in their right mind, could deny the fact that a missing child would lead any person to be anxious. Nobody can deny the fact that Kate McCann and her husband would probably become depressed over the fact that their first-born was missing.
Added to the fact that from day one, people were accusing them of being involved and knowing full well what was happening in Portugal, and the way the Police were dealing with their daughters disappearance, it is hardly surprising if they suffered some form of depression, whether it be mild or major.
The last thing, I suspect Kate and Gerry McCann wanted was to be put on tranquillizers and walk around like zombies. They had two other children that needed them and and they needed to find their daughter and remain focussed on the search for their daughter.
None of us were with the McCanns and their family in that holiday apartment, they had friends that were also trained Doctors and therefore, it is totally understandable in my opinion why they chose to go running and jogging, especially if it helped them deal with the anxiety caused by having a child missing and it helped in keeping them focussed on what they could do to highlight their daughter’s disappearance.
Mind you there are some, that would condemn the McCanns if they had not gone jogging and if they had become dependant on tranquillizers and anti-depressants.
As for searching, well let us be truthful about that, the Police were the people best to search, they had the powers to demand entry to property to search for a missing child. Come on be realistic what were the McCanns supposed to have done? Knock on every door between Portugal and the UK and demand entry so they could physically search. Get real.