When you’re a child, you have very little power to change your environment. So, you have two choices.
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Depression is often measured by scientists using something called the Hamilton Scale. It runs from 0 (where you are dancing in ecstasy) to 59 (where you are suicidal).
Many leading scientists believe the whole idea that depression is caused by a “chemically imbalanced” brain is wrong.
There are in fact nine major causes of depression and anxiety that are unfolding all around us. Two are biological, and seven are out in here in the world, rather than sealed away inside our skulls.
Researchers tried discussing shame with ordinary patients that came for care. They were told something like, “I see you went through this bad experience as a child. I am sorry this happened to you. Would you like to talk about it?”
Just being able to discuss the trauma led to a huge fall in future illnesses. The act of releasing your shame is – in itself – healing.
Depression and anxiety are mostly being caused by events in our lives. You are far more likely to become depressed:
Between 65 to 80% of people on antidepressants fall back to depression within one year.
Do you feel like you’re powerless or weak? That your situation is hopeless?
These types of thoughts aren’t realistic. When you really examine them they don’t hold up. Identify the type of negative thoughts that are fueling your depression, and replace them with a more balanced way of thinking.