(Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace advice from your preferred medical practitioner.)
Depression is spreading throughout the world at an alarming rate. Over 10% of the population in the USA, UK and Australia are now popping anti-depressant medications and the numbers are on the rise.
Current modern medical approaches, primarily using pharmaceutical drugs and counseling methods like cognitive behavioural therapy (C.B.T.), are providing only average results. While treatments seem mostly ineffective or in some cases actually make people worse off, more people are being diagnosed with depression every day.
Indeed, it seems that we have a big problem on our hands… so it’s time to look for new (and old) approaches.
Well, I’m here to break up some myths and drop some serious bombshells about depression.
I’m here to shine light onto a new approach to understanding mild to moderate depression and how to go about treating it more effectively.
I experienced depression myself for a number of years yet I successfully came out studying and practicing yoga, psychology and traditional Chinese medicine. Now, I come with good news!
I’m here to share with you an approach that is grounded in traditional Oriental medicine. Traditional Oriental medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine on the planet, which comes with over 2000 years of field-testing experience.
Now, before we get into it, I kindly request that you read the full article before sending me angry messages or posting comments – because I know there are going to be a few. Any new idea that challenges convention tends to cause tension – hey, I get that, however somebody’s got to do it…
The first bombshell ~
Depression has little, or even nothing, to do with a chemical imbalance in the brain.
This is complete nonsense because firstly, there is much more to it than that (from environmental factors, to genetics, to nutrition, to exercise, to inner attitudes, to the energy fields one spends their time in, and more to which require a lot of time or even a book to fully explain) and secondly, most of the dopamine and serotonin they refer to as “the happy chemicals” are actually located in your guts, not your brain!
Now, this whole “chemical imbalance in the brain” was just a loose scientific theory to try to explain what depression was caused by. It’s still just a theory that was never fully proven or confirmed, yet it seems to have stuck, and hence we are now popping more and more chemical pills to try and plug up this so-called chemical imbalance.
The second bombshell ~
Mild to moderate depression is very easy to treat.
Let me first be clear here that we are talking about mild to moderate depression – not severe depression or clinically diagnosed mental illness.
The symptoms of mild to moderate depression I’m talking about are most commonly: moodiness, easy to anger or frustration, lack of energy, feelings of being lost, confusion, boredom, mild to moderate drug abuse and easily putting on weight.
So, how and why is this mild to moderate depression easy to treat?
Because in most cases, mild to moderate depression is usually due to, a word and concept that we never use in western medicine or psychology, “STAGNATION”.
Stagnation is used all throughout traditional Oriental medicine as well as in the field of yoga and Ayurveda. It is mentioned so often in these disciplines that it is one of the leading causes of most diseases.
Ok, great, so what does stagnation actually mean?
Stagnation means that the energy and blood of the body (and mind) has become sluggish, impaired and/or “stuck”. The ideal state for the human being to thrive in health and wellbeing, according to traditional medicines, is when the body and blood flows smoothly and efficiently through the system.
Whenever the flow of energy and blood becomes impaired, it starts to impair the body’s physiology, from blood pressure changes, muscle atrophy and sluggish digestion, right through to mental sluggishness, tiredness and yes, depression.
Could it be that simple? Yes.
The third bombshell ~
Feeling shitty and uncomfortable every now and then is normal and part of the human condition.
I think that mainly through advertising we are often painted a picture of the “ultimate happy and successful person” and told that being surrounded by comfort and pleasure is the sign of success.
Yet in truth, every successful person is successful because they have learned to manage and deal with feelings of being uncomfortable every now and then. There are times when being uncomfortable is just they way it is, for a short while anyway.
Meditation teaches us how to deal with feeling uncomfortable every now and then. Dealing with uncomfortableness is a sign of maturity and life wisdom. I’m not saying here to “put up with feeling like shit” or “shut up and deal with it”, I’m saying that sometimes you will experience feeling crap, and that’s normal as everyone experiences this. The key to moving through those occasional states is to watch it come up and then let it pass. What will tomorrow bring?
However, if these states don’t pass within a day, a few days or even a week, then you are most likely experiencing “stagnation,” and it’s time to get things moving…
A major point I want to make here is:
The sooner you catch onto “stagnation” and go about clearing it, the easier and quicker the body and mind is able to respond to it and clear it from the system.
The longer we ignore the “stagnation” or try and bomb it out with drugs, alcohol or incorrect treatment, the deeper the stagnation gets, and the more complex the depression becomes.
If we leave it for 6-12+ months, the depression will start becoming more complex and harder to treat, and there is the risk of it becoming “severe” depression, which would involve more inclination towards psychosis, clinical-level mental illness, insomnia, heart problems and so on.
Essentially, we want to prevent it getting this far, however if already at this level, we definitely need to seek advice, help and support from the best that both western and eastern medicine has to offer.
So there you have it. I’ve been dropping bombshells all over the place.
How does it feel? Does this approach make sense?
Time for a summery ~
Mild to moderate depression is likely be due to “stagnation” and not due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.
If you are experiencing “stagnation” triggered depression then:
Step 1 –
Find a movement-based exercise you enjoy. It could be yoga classes, tai chi or even dancing the tango. Whatever it is, do it at least 3 times a week to give that stagnation a good kick up the butt. To supercharge your stagnation-busting approach, get 3-10 sessions of acupuncture. This will massively speed up your progress.
Step 2 –
Mentally, intellectually and emotionally challenge yourself
If exercise doesn’t work or you are already doing lots of exercise, then it’s more likely you are experiencing stagnation on the mental (and emotional) level. Are you being challenged mentally and emotionally at your job and in your relationships? Do you feel like you’re growing and expanding the way you want to? Do you feel like the smartest person in the room? If so, maybe it’s time to find another room.
If not, it may be time to read more books, take on a new creative project, find a job that challenges you more or maybe start to reconsider who you are hanging out with. If you have a romantic partner, do you feel like you’re evolving and growing into a better, more aware, person because of it?
Step 3 –
Ask the big questions. Spend time in self inquiry.
If none of those prove helpful, it could be stagnation on the spiritual level. This involves asking yourself bigger questions like, “What is my relationship with God or the universe”, “Who am I?”, or, “What am I designed to do here on earth?” It may also be helpful to seek counsel from spiritual advisors and teachers to help you move your energy in this direction.
If the mild to moderate depression is due to stagnation, and you do go about clearing it with the suggested strategies, you will find that the depression will simply… DISSOLVE. This will result in all associated depressive thoughts and feelings simply disappearing of their own accord.
In fact, any disease triggered by stagnation will naturally dissolve whenever the stagnation is removed… it’s that easy.
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