The cause of depression is not simply chemistry, terrible occasions, genetic predisposition, a bad childhood etc., that is why nothing truly works versus it, and depression is galloping. I have a totally various take on it. Excuse me the long text, I typically prefer little, simple explanations, however it is necessary to understand and explore this essential pester on humankind and our lifestyle comprehensively.
Depression and associated mental conditions are so important that the World Health Company, the world’s primary authority on human health, has stated a state of emergency and a call to arms to all the Health ministries and all researchers to fight an epidemic that they project will overcome cardiovascular disease as the top killer, the top expense to societies and economies and the number one hinderance to human lifestyle and health and wellbeing by2025 This epidemic is depression and associated mental illness, and they honestly declare that they have no concept regarding why it is broadening so quickly or what to do about it. Why is it spreading at such a sensational rate, ending up being mankind’s biggest health risk?
Since the emergence of modern-day psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy just 120 years ago, the practices have actually dominated the world and formed a multibillion dollar industry in conjunction with the enormous pharmaceutical market for psychological health drugs where lots of, such as Prozac and Valium have actually become family names. Countless people live lives where their shrink and prescription medication forms parts of their regular, and the expansion of therapists is not limited to the wealthiest nations, Buenos Ayres in Argentina being the city with the most psychotherapists per capita by a substantial margin. In addition to standard treatment there is an ever more popular alternative recovery industry with workshops and retreats changing conventional vacations for an ever growing audience. Why is it worsening rather than better because the world is putting increasingly more resources and effort into fixing it? Why doesn’t anything work, why has it end up being, as many scientists call it, “The quiet epidemic”? Increasingly more syndromes emerge, such as PTSD and ADD, and in lots of nations individuals get disability advantages for depression, often for a lifetime. How come all these efforts actually speed up the epidemic of anxiety, instead of decrease it?
Previous upsurges such as the plague or smallpox preyed mainly on the poor and the underprivileged, those without any access to tidy water, healthcare, the ones with minimal resources. The anxiety epidemic spares nobody, to the contrary, often the rich, the gorgeous and the powerful tend to suffer from it more than the impoverished, as exhibited by the suicides, the detox centers and the mental problems among the successful and admired elites of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. According to World Health Organization figures, the UK has the very same suicide rate as Swaziland, double that of Ghana. Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland and Ecuador share the very same suicide rates at 50%higher. In the United States where the treatment, recovery and pharmaceutical markets are part of the culture, suicide rates are even higher and in wealthy countries like Sweden with the very best social care individuals eliminate themselves a lot more! Why?
Why, when according to each and every single United Nations figure, we as humankind have never ever had it so good? In spite of standards and poverty lines increasing constantly, hardship rates are dropping below 10%around the world for the very first time in human history, some kind of mandatory and free education for children exists in even the poorest countries as well as some sort of universal healthcare system, pension and social care systems. These concepts didn’t even exist just a century or two earlier anywhere on earth, however we are continuously infuriated at their inadequacies! More people live today in democratic programs than in authoritarian programs than any time in human history, fundamental human rights are acknowledged and appreciated in more countries than ever before, less people are homeless than ever prior to and there are less individuals involved in wars in the last fifty years than any other time in history. Slavery is less than ever with even the most fanciful quotes by anti-slavery movements claiming it to be less than 0,7%of the population, consisting of all kinds of indenture or forced labor in totalitarian regimes. Simply a century and a half ago the number was 13%in the United states, 2 centuries ago it was 25%and two and a half thousand years earlier in enlightened ancient Athens, the developer of democracy, slaves consisted of over 85%of the population. Slavery was legal in most of the world a couple of hundred years back, and females not only had no rights to vote however it was disputed whether they even had souls! Life expectancy has actually risen worldwide by over 70%in the last century alone and lots of health problems that were deadly are now dealt with easily by the advances of medical sciences in a routine fashion, including things as exotic as organ transplants! The internet provides all the world’s knowledge to everyone, whereas before it was just the fortunate couple of who had access to it.
Why then, exists a lot frustration and torment about the world and humankind, why do most people struggle with a continuous worry and sense of foreboding, anxiety, anger and anxiety? Why are we so judgmental of human civilization and ourselves despite our extraordinary progress from violent hunters, scavengers and cavemen having a hard time to survive daily just a few thousand years ago? And if we are so worried and doing so much and dedicating numerous resources to our psychological health, why are we so miserably failing?
I propose that the reasons depend on what every sort of healing and therapy, whether conventional or alternative focus on: Injury. Finding trauma, revealing trauma, soothing injury, accepting trauma, relieving injury. We have proof that they are all barking up the wrong tree. How can one heal an illness if its causes are misconstrued? Really, by putting the emphasis on injury, we are developing a prevalent victim mentality and culture, feeding the issue. Lots of people with no obvious trauma are encouraged by psychologists to find something, frequently feeling the need to create or aggrandize injury in order to understand why they feel so bad when nothing appears wrong with their lives!
I am proposing a completely various cause for depression, based upon 2 recognized clinical principles in order to understand depression and combat this epidemic that is becoming the top threat to mankind.
The very first one is Social psychologist Leon Festinger’s Cognitive Harshness Theory, lying largely undeniable for the last 60 years and taught at practically every psychology and psychiatry course in the world. In psychology, cognitive harshness is the psychological stress or pain experienced by a person who holds 2 or more inconsistent beliefs, concepts, or worths at the exact same time; carries out an action that is inconsistent to their beliefs, concepts, or worths; or is faced by new information that disputes with existing beliefs, concepts or values. In other words, internal contradiction, paradox, triggers distress.
The 2nd clinical principle, a lot more widely known and accepted is the specifying impact of beliefs on our thoughts, feelings, automatic reactions and physical bodies. The placebo result is recognized by all, and no drug can gain approval by the authorities unless it passes substantial placebo trials. Many drugs that have gone through years of animal, clinical and human trials stop working at the placebo trials, and the power of propaganda, brainwashing, induced fanaticism, brain washing and marketing has actually been acknowledged given that the beginning of human civilization. Everybody knows what an excellent pep talk can achieve, and in every sports motion picture there is a minute when an inspiring speech or an insight turns losing groups into winners. Individuals walk on fire unhurt, and perform fantastic accomplishments assisted by their beliefs, while others fall ill since of them. In the last few decades researchers have been exploring and concentrating on the determining effect of our belief systems over our thoughts, feelings and bodies, and lots of, like biologist Bruce Lipton who through numerous books and particularly “The Biology of Belief”, presume as to propose that our beliefs not just determine our ideas, feelings, chemistry and physiology however can even change our DNA.
Every computer system or automated maker is governed by an os, a core set of instructions that determine how it will view, act and respond. In all living beings, consisting of humans naturally, the operating system is comprised of instructions etched either through impulse and genetics, life experiences and gaining from parents and other comparable life types, or through simulating habits that appear to be effective. Every life kind’s operating system, the directions that determine what it will feel, think or how it will respond, are just mindful or instinctual, unconscious beliefs about what many serves each being’s survival and wellness. All other creatures however, do not experience embarassment, guilt, remorse, social angst, lack of self-respect, anxiety. This is since the belief systems of all other beings are not paradoxical, they hold little or no contradiction.
However human belief systems are extremely paradoxical; all biologists concur that reproduction is necessary for life to exist, therefore is a sense of self, for the functions of self-preservation, in order for each life form to have as a top priority their requirements to consume, drink, prevent threat etc., but at the same time every human belief system, every faith, every culture vilifies sexuality, states it a sin, something base, disgusting, unethical, dirty and every belief system damns similarly the sense of self, the ego. Selflessness is the most significant virtue and self-sacrifice the most admirable act, while selfishness is the most terrible accusation. As for sexuality again, our biggest sin and embarassment, it can be permitted just under a wide variety of guidelines, if it is discreet and if nobody enjoys it inordinately, lest they be called filthy, promiscuous or sluts. Is it a paradox if functions and characteristics intrinsic to life and fundamental in every person and every other life type are thought about bad? What about paradoxes such as “make yourself proud, make your household proud, make your nation proud” and at the same time “pride is among the seven lethal sins, and humility is the greatest virtue”? So make yourself proud but be humble!
What about “it is too great to be real” significance absolutely nothing great can be true, or “it is too basic to be true”, meaning fact is just something complicated that you can never ever understand? How paradoxical is that? The list is unlimited.
I propose that depression and associated mental illnesses do not occur since of injury, as everyone believes, but because of cumulative cognitive harshness of huge proportions that increases violently to the surface area the more our basic survival concerns are fixed. Depression, stress and anxiety, absence of self-regard, victimhood, anger and despair keep getting worse regardless of our advances because the culprit is not injury, it is paradoxical belief systems that pervade human civilization as a whole.
Is it possible to not feel guilty and ashamed if everything we naturally feel and experience needs to be disguised and concealed lest we deal with social condemnation and ostracism? And even if we effectively conceal our inherent and necessary selfishness and sexuality from others, how can we conceal it from ourselves? Is it possible to not feel blind anger and stress and anxiety if nothing makes sense and whatever in our belief systems, our operating systems is paradoxical?
Years of research study into the paradoxes, where they come from, and their function has actually led to Choice OS, an open source fully adjustable operating system for humans developed for joy as the default condition rather than distress, anguish, worry, embarassment, guilt, anger and desperation through the elimination of internal contradictions and conflicts. You can find out more about this effort at The path to Homo Delectus
The fantastic theorist Aristotle, 2300 years ago declared that happiness is the only possible function and objective of life since it is the only goal that is an end by itself. Whatever else we aim for, money, success, power, recognition, love, relationship, accomplishment we desire in order to more than happy, but joy is its own end.
What about an operating system developed specifically to be paradox free for the purpose of happiness?
Isn’t it time somebody attempted something various than prescription medication and years of counselling and therapy?