The cause of depression is not simply chemistry, traumatic occasions, genetic predisposition, a bad childhood and so on, that is why absolutely nothing genuinely works versus it, and depression is galloping. I have a completely different take on it. Excuse me the long text, I normally choose small, easy explanations, nevertheless it is essential to comprehend and explore this essential plague on humanity and our lifestyle thoroughly.
Depression and associated psychological conditions are so important that the World Health Organization, the world’s foremost authority on human health, has declared a state of emergency situation and a call to arms to all the Health ministries and all scientists to fight an epidemic that they forecast will overcome cardiovascular disease as the primary killer, the primary cost to societies and economies and the top detriment to human quality of life and health and wellbeing by2025 This epidemic is anxiety and associated mental disorder, and they honestly declare that they have no concept regarding why it is expanding so fast or what to do about it. Why is it spreading out at such an incredible rate, ending up being humankind’s greatest health threat?
Considering that the introduction of modern-day psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis and psychiatric therapy just 120 years back, the practices have conquered the world and formed a multibillion dollar market in conjunction with the massive pharmaceutical market for mental health drugs where lots of, such as Prozac and Valium have become family names. Countless people live lives where their diminish 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 option healing industry with workshops and retreats changing traditional vacations for an ever growing audience. Why is it becoming worse rather than better given that the world is putting increasingly more resources and effort into solving it? Why doesn’t anything work, why has it become, as numerous scientists call it, “The quiet epidemic”? Increasingly more syndromes emerge, such as PTSD and ADD, and in lots of nations people get disability advantages for anxiety, typically for a lifetime. How come all these efforts really accelerate the epidemic of depression, instead of reduce it?
Previous epidemics such as the afflict or smallpox preyed mostly on the bad and the impoverished, those without any access to clean water, healthcare, the ones with limited resources. The anxiety epidemic spares nobody, to the contrary, often the abundant, the lovely and the effective tend to suffer from it more than the impoverished, as exhibited by the suicides, the detox centers and the psychological issues among the effective and admired elites of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. According to World Health Company figures, the UK has the exact same suicide rate as Swaziland, double that of Ghana. Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland and Ecuador share the exact same suicide rates at 50%greater. In the United States where the therapy, recovery and pharmaceutical markets are part of the culture, suicide rates are even greater and in rich nations like Sweden with the best social care people eliminate themselves much more! Why?
Why, when according to each and every single United Nations statistic, we as mankind have never ever had it so good? Regardless of requirements and hardship lines rising constantly, poverty rates are dropping below 10%worldwide for the very first time in human history, some kind of mandatory and totally free education for kids exists in even the poorest countries as well as some type of universal healthcare system, pension and social care systems. These ideas didn’t even exist just a century or two back anywhere on earth, however we are continuously enraged at their inadequacies! More individuals live today in democratic programs than in authoritarian programs than any time in human history, standard human rights are acknowledged and respected in more nations than ever before, less individuals are homeless than ever prior to and there are less individuals associated with wars in the last fifty years than any other time in history. Slavery is less than ever with even the most fanciful price quotes by anti-slavery motions declaring it to be less than 0,7%of the population, consisting of all types of indenture or forced labor in totalitarian programs. Simply a century and a half ago the number was 13%in the United states, two centuries ago it was 25%and 2 and a half thousand years earlier in enlightened ancient Athens, the innovator of democracy, servants made up over 85%of the population. Slavery was legal in the majority of the world a couple of a century ago, and females not just had no rights to vote however it was debated whether they even had souls! Life span has risen worldwide by over 70%in the last century alone and numerous health concerns that were deadly are now dealt with easily by the advances of medical sciences in a routine style, consisting of things as unique as organ transplants! The internet supplies all the world’s understanding to everybody, whereas prior to it was just the fortunate few who had access to it.
Why then, is there so much discontentment and anguish about the world and humankind, why do most people struggle with a consistent fear and sense of foreboding, anxiety, anger and depression? Why are we so judgmental of human civilization and ourselves regardless of our amazing development from violent hunters, scavengers and cavemen having a hard time to endure every day simply a few thousand years back? And if we are so concerned and doing so much and committing a lot of resources to our psychological health, why are we so miserably failing?
I propose that the reasons lie in what every kind of recovery and treatment, whether standard or alternative concentrate on: Trauma. Discovering trauma, revealing injury, comforting injury, accepting trauma, minimizing trauma. We have evidence that they are all barking up the incorrect tree. How can one recover a health problem if its causes are misconstrued? In fact, by putting the focus on injury, we are producing a pervasive victim mentality and culture, feeding the problem. Lots of people with no apparent injury are encouraged by psychologists to discover something, typically feeling the need to create or aggrandize injury in order to understand why they feel so bad when absolutely nothing seems wrong with their lives!
I am proposing a totally different cause for depression, based upon two recognized scientific principles in order to understand anxiety and fight this epidemic that is becoming the top threat to humankind.
The first one is Social psychologist Leon Festinger’s Cognitive Harshness Theory, lying mostly indisputable for the last 60 years and taught at practically every psychology and psychiatry course in the world. In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the psychological stress or discomfort experienced by a person who holds 2 or more inconsistent beliefs, ideas, or values at the exact same time; performs an action that is inconsistent to their beliefs, ideas, or values; or is faced by brand-new information that disputes with existing beliefs, ideas or values. In other words, internal contradiction, paradox, triggers distress.
The 2nd clinical concept, much more widely understood and accepted is the specifying impact of beliefs on our ideas, emotions, automatic reactions and physiques. The placebo result is recognized by all, and no drug can gain approval by the authorities unless it passes extensive placebo trials. A lot of drugs that have actually gone through years of animal, medical and human trials fail at the placebo trials, and the power of propaganda, brainwashing, induced fanaticism, brain cleaning and marketing has been acknowledged given that the beginning of human civilization. Everybody understands what a great pep talk can accomplish, and in every sports film there is a moment when an inspiring speech or an insight turns losing teams into winners. People walk on fire unhurt, and carry out amazing feats helped by their beliefs, while others fall ill since of them. In the last few decades scientists have actually been experimenting and focusing on the determining impact of our belief systems over our thoughts, emotions and bodies, and numerous, like biologist Bruce Lipton who through numerous books and especially “The Biology of Belief”, presume as to propose that our beliefs not only determine our thoughts, feelings, chemistry and physiology however can even modify our DNA.
Every computer system or automated machine is governed by an os, a core set of guidelines that figure out how it will view, act and react. In all living beings, consisting of human beings naturally, the os is consisted of guidelines inscribed either through instinct and genetics, life experiences and learning from moms and dads and other similar life types, or through simulating habits that seem successful. Every life kind’s os, the directions that identify what it will feel, believe or how it will react, are simply mindful or instinctual, unconscious beliefs about what a lot of serves each being’s survival and wellness. All other creatures nevertheless, do not experience pity, regret, remorse, social angst, absence of self-respect, depression. This is since the belief systems of all other beings are not paradoxical, they hold little or no contradiction.
But human belief systems are exceptionally paradoxical; all biologists concur that reproduction is vital for life to exist, and so is a sense of self, for the purposes of self-preservation, in order for each life kind to have as a top priority their needs to eat, drink, avoid risk and so on, however at the exact same time each and every single human belief system, every religion, every culture vilifies sexuality, declares it a sin, something base, repellent, unethical, unclean and every belief system damns similarly the sense of self, the ego. Selflessness is the greatest virtue and self-sacrifice the most exceptional act, while selfishness is the most awful accusation. When it comes to sexuality once again, our biggest sin and shame, it can be permitted only under a multitude of rules, 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 intrinsic in every person and every other life form are considered bad? What about paradoxes such as “make yourself happy, make your household proud, make your nation happy” and at the exact same time “pride is one of the 7 fatal sins, and humility is the greatest virtue”? Make yourself happy but be modest!
What about “it is too good to be true” significance absolutely nothing excellent can be true, or “it is too basic to be real”, indicating fact is just something made complex that you can never comprehend? How paradoxical is that? The list is unlimited.
I propose that anxiety and associated mental disorders do not occur since of injury, as everyone believes, but due to the fact that of collective cognitive harshness of huge percentages that increases strongly to the surface the more our fundamental survival concerns are resolved. Depression, stress and anxiety, lack of self-worth, victimhood, anger and despair keep becoming worse despite our advances due to the fact that the offender is not trauma, 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 camouflaged and hidden lest we face social condemnation and ostracism? And even if we effectively conceal our fundamental and essential selfishness and sexuality from others, how can we hide it from ourselves? Is it possible to not feel blind anger and anxiety if nothing makes good sense and whatever in our belief systems, our os is paradoxical?
Years of research into the paradoxes, where they come from, and their function has actually resulted in Option OS, an open source totally personalized operating system for humans designed for joy as the default condition instead of distress, anguish, worry, embarassment, regret, anger and desperation through the removal of internal contradictions and conflicts. You can discover more about this effort at The path to Homo Delectus
The great thinker Aristotle, 2300 years ago announced that joy is the only possible purpose and objective of life due to the fact that it is the only objective that is an end by itself. Everything else we go for, cash, success, power, acknowledgment, love, relationship, achievement we desire in order to enjoy, however happiness is its own end.
What about an os created particularly to be paradox totally free for the purpose of happiness?
Isn’t it time somebody tried something various than prescription medication and years of counselling and treatment?