The other night, I caught up with a friend over dinner. We ended up at Barberian's Steak House in downtown Toronto. They had a wine list that was 108 pages long! Great food, excellent service.
During our conversation, of course we talked about my work here at Defying Depression. My friend asked me why I was doing this project. And he wanted to know what was different about my approach.
I began by saying that I believe medicine's and psychology's approach to treating anxiety and depression are dismally effective.
Let's face it! Conventional treatment success rates aren't exactly stellar, no matter what yard stick you care to measure them by.
The medical community would have you believe that anxiety and depression are the results of chemical imbalances in our brain. That certain neurotransmitter substances are out of whack.
The most common initial treatment consists of medication and then they tell you to go get some counselling.
And, oh yes! Counsellors are just standing by with arms open, ready to see you and don't cost you an arm or a leg. (I hope you can sense the sarcasm there). Demand outstrips the supply. And unless you have a very good income, a padded savings account, or really good insurance, you can't afford to see a good counsellor at the hourly rates they charge.
Worse yet... at best, they are about 30% effective (give or take).
So assuming the medical community is correct -- depression and anxiety are due to this chemical imbalance. But what does this really mean to you or I?
The chemicals they are referring to neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that react between the connections of your brain cells. Low levels of key neurotransmitters are linked to anxiety and depression.
So, in the most simplistic terms, the theory is, in order to treat depression, you have to re-balance these neurotransmitters. Anti-depression medications have been developed to achieve this.
But why then, are they only about 30% effective? No one really knows why for sure.
If you have not already noticed, Defying Depression is a self-help based approach.
The medical community sort-of has it right. There is an imbalance. But the chemical/neurotransmitter approach is an inaccurate misrepresentation of the problem. The REAL PROBLEM is energy. And these neurotransmitters are essentially a form energy.
Our entire reality is based upon the manipulation of energy. Taking medication to re-balance neurotransmitters is one way of potentially fixing the energy imbalance in our brain.
If you don't want to take my word for it, you can learn about the unified field theory here.
A self-help approach is, in my opinion, is a more holistic and healthy approach. Does this mean I am against medication? Not at all!
As part of my self-help program, I am taking a SSRI medication. It is an integral part of my multi-pronged approach to optimize my mental health.
With some trial and error, and professional advice from a practicing psychiatrist, my doctor and I found a medication and dose that helps me. But it is only one part of my solution.
I think medication for depression and anxiety is a great thing. But it should not be used in isolation. There is so much you can do to help yourself.
And that is where Defying Depression comes in.
If you suffer from anxiety and depression, please do not rely on someone else for your treatment. The only person with a vested interest in seeing you TRULY get better is YOU.
- see your doctor and possibly get medication
- have an honest discussion with yourself about what has led you to have anxiety or depression
- learn everything you can about anxiety and depression
- learn all you can about nutrition and health
- eat a healthy, nutritious diet
- get physical exercise every day (even a walk works). Be sure to consult your doctor.
- either reconnect with your social circle, or make a new one
- schedule your life to make room for new experiences, try new things
- express gratitude for everything you have in life at least on a weekly basis
- learn to meditate and do it daily
- read quality self-help books, watch motivational videos
To learn more about Defying Depression, please visit us at https://www.defyingdepression.com.
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