Many people suffer with depression. It’s almost like an epidemic. My question is what causes depression and is it possible to come out of it and if so how?
Medical people will tell you that clinically depressed people have a specific marker in their blood, but my question is how did that marker get there and can it go away?
Further, can depression be inherited
Can it be “normal”?
I’ll tell you about an experiment a colleague clinical hypnotherapist took part in the nineteen nineties with a psychologist. Clinically depressed people were grouped with non depressed people about 20 in all. They all had their blood tested and yes the ones diagnosed with depression did indeed have the marker and the “normal” people didn’t.
The hypnotherapist induced a light trance in the group and took them on a very pleasant inner journey from the past. After the trance, blood levels were taken again and all were shown to be free of depression.
So if when we are able to shift focus to something pleasant our mood lifts and the blood marker reduces, perhaps we shouldn’t be blaming the marker but rather what caused the mood shift in the first place. Further our focus might be more useful if it was focused on assisting people to self-heal instead of medicate, often for life.
Depression is a normal state for most of us to go into at difficult periods of life. We withdraw, go flat due to deep sorry or loss or helplessness and anger. Our state becomes depressed and we may go numb. Most of us will experience this at times and come out of it when the time is right. When we have grieved enough or when we have found a new perspective that helps us make sense of it. Hope returns and we return to normal. In fact It is normal for our emotions to continually change. It is their role to let us know how we are.
Sadness and anger are both legitimate emotions that are meant to be felt. Without feeling these how can we feel happiness and joy. We are meant to feel it all if we are to live fully.
More difficult states of depression can last a long time and be difficult to shift. Often a GP will offer medication and cognitive behavioural therapy to manage symptoms and to attempt to change behaviour and thought patterns.
The problem is the proposed medical model solution does not deal with the core issues of the depression because they are often emotion and trauma based and locked in the unconscious mind. Cognitive behavioural therapy is not equipped to work with emotions or trauma or the unconscious mind. For many people working with thoughts and behaviour misses the mark so that people remain depressed.
Some people do come from families where depression is a common symptom. Epigenetics is showing that emotional and trauma states can be passed from one generation to another. On another level a depressed parent’s brain is neurologically wired to their child and the child picks up the state of depression simply through the relationship interaction. This may be called transgenerational depression.
Neural science, epigenetics and the latest in mind science, trauma and how to release it and create new neural pathways in recovery is also present. The theory is translating into new ways of working with mind health and assisting people in recovery from such states as depression and much more. Transgenerational and personally acquired depression is something that I work with on a daily basis and the way I work with Rapid core healing is a fast, deep and effective way to assist people along their healing pathways to recovery in 3-5 sessions for most. See www.rapidcorehealing.com
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