Psychology

This could be why you’re depressed or anxious

A long time I had two Mysteries that were hanging over me I didn’t understand them and to be honest I was afraid to look into them the first mystery was I’m 40 years old and all throughout my lifetime guarantee a serious depression and anxiety have risen in the United States and Britain Across the Western world and I wanted to understand why why is this happening to us why is it that with each day that passes more and more of as a finding it harder to get through the day I don’t want to understand this cuz of a more personal mystery when I was a teenager I’m going to my doctor and explaining that I had this feeling like pain was leaking out with me I couldn’t control it I didn’t understand why it was happening I felt quite ashamed of it to tell me a story. Realized was well-intentioned but quite of the simplified some people just naturally got a chemical imbalance in the heads you’re clearly one of them all we need to do is give you some drugs or get a chemical balance back to normal so I started taking a drug

Corp axilla Ciroc sizes the same thing with different names in different countries and I felt much better I got a real boost and not have to do with this feeling of pain started to come back so I was getting higher and higher days is until I was taking the maximum possible days that you legally allowed to take them from the other is 13 years and pretty much all the time by the end cuz you doing everything you’re told to do by the story that’s dominating the couch or why do you still feel like this so to get to the bottom of these two Mysteries picture any all over the world I traveled 40,000 miles I wanted to sit with the leading experts in the world about what causes depression and anxiety and crucially what solves them and people to come through depression anxiety and out the other side in all sorts of ways and I learned a huge amount for the amazing people I got to know along the way so far we have scientific

Evidence for nine different causes of depression and anxiety in our biology at your jeans can make you more sensitive to these problems today turned out your destiny and they were real brain changes that can happen when you become depressed that can make it harder to get out but most of the factors that have been proven supposed to pressure and anxiety not in our biology text boxes in the way we live I want you to understand them opens up a very different set of solutions that should be offered to people alongside the option of chemical antidepressants for example if you’re lonely you more likely to become depressed when you go to work you don’t have any control over your job you just do what you’re told you’re more likely to become depressed if you very rarely go out into the natural world you’re more likely to become depressed and one thing you know it’s a lot of the causes of depression and anxiety the align the

Back natural physical needs right obviously you need food Water Shelter you need clean a real fast the same time every human being has natural psychological needs you need to feel you belong you need to figure out life has meaning and purpose you need to let people see you found a future that makes sense and this culture we bill is good at lots of things many things are better than in the past I’m glad to be like today we’ve been getting less and less good at me saying he’s deep underlying psychological needs the only thing that’s going on but I think it’s the key reason why this crisis keeps rising and Rising I found this really hot subs or I really wrestle with the idea I’m shifting from

Thinking of my depression as you don’t just a problem in my brain to one with many causes including many in the way we’re living really began to fall into place for me when one day I went into your South African psychiatrist talk to Derek Summerfield is a great guy. Just happened to be in Cambodia in 2001 when they first introduced chemical antidepressant the people in that country has the cambodians had never heard of these drugs so they were like all day and he explained and they said to him we don’t need that and he was like what do you mean some kind of horrible remedy like I did I sent John’s Wort jinko biloba something like that instead they told him a story there was a farmer in that Community who worked in the rice fields and one day he stepped on a landmine left over from the war with the United States and it goes like blowing off so I think he went back to work in the field to work under water when you got an artificial limb and I’m guessing it was pretty traumatic to go back and work in the field where he got blown up the guy start to cry all day he refused to get out all the

Symptoms of plastic depression the Cambodian doctor said this is when we gave him an antidepressant to Summerfield said what was it explain that I went and sat with him they listen to him they realized that his pain made sense it was hard for him to see it in the throes of his depression but actually I had perfectly understandable causes in his life one of the dogs is talking to people in the community that get you know if we pull this guy how he could become a Dairy Farmer he wouldn’t be in this position that was screwing him up so much you wouldn’t have to go and work in the rice fields so they put him account within a couple of weeks is crying stopped within a month his depression was gone they sent it to some of your CC talk to the doctor now that was an antidepressant that’s what you mean right if you can raise to think about depression while I was in most of the people here where that sounds like a bad joke bright I went to my doctor for Nancy the present she gave me a cow but what what day is

Cambodian doctors knew intuitively based on this individual unscientific anecdote is what the leading medical body in the world the World Health Organization has been trying to tell us the years based on the best scientific evidence if you’re depressed if you’re anxious you don’t wait you’re not crazy you know in the main a machine with broken parts you’re human being with unmet needs and it’s just as important to think about yourself together it’s your job to figure out and fix this problem on your own on the country what they said is we hear as a group to pull together with you so together we can figure out and fix this problem this is what every depressed person needs and it’s every depressed person deserves this is why one of the leading doctors of the United Nations in their official statement for wealth a couple years back in 2017 said we need to talk less about chemical imbalances and more about the imbalances in the way we live drugs give relief to some people that gave her lie to me for a while but precisely because this problem goes deeper than that biology the solutions need to go much deeper too but thinking I can I could see all the signs of your business or the huge

Number of studying ancient Beauty cucumber the experts you were explaining this I kept thinking about how can we possibly do that to press my space is more complex than what was going on with this Cambodian farmer where do we even begin with the inside but then in the long journey for my back for the well-meaning people he would do exactly that from Sydney to San Francisco to South Paulo people who are understanding the deeper causes of depression and anxiety and ask briefs fixing them so I can’t tell you about amazing people that I’m just let me get a 10-hour Ted talk you can complain about it to the solutions that he’s the first we are the loneliest Society in human history there was a recent study the most Americans do you feel like you’re no longer close to anyone 39% of people said that describe them no longer applies to anyone in the international measurements of loneliness Britain and the rest of Europe and just behind the US in case anyone who is feeling smug what time discussing this

With the leading expert in the world of learning has an incredible man I’ve ever seen John cacioppo who’s at Chicago about one question why do we exist why are we here why are we alive one key reason is that our ancestors on the savannas of Africa we’re really good at one thing they were bigger than the animals they took down all the time they went faster than the animals they took down all the time but they will cooperating this was our super powers of species we’ve been together just like bees evolved to live in a high humans evolved to live in a tribe and we are the first humans ever I just found out tribes and it’s making us feel awful it doesn’t have to be this way what are the heroes in my butt and a fat in my life is a doctor named Sam ever and said he’s a general practitioner in a pool part of East London Royal if the many years was really uncomfortable cuz he had lice of patients coming to him a terrible depression and anxiety I like me he’s not supposed to come in his patients with depressed and anxious

All the time but totally understandable reasons like loneliness and second the older the drugs we’re getting somebody to some people from many people they didn’t solve the problem the underlying problem so sorry to Pioneer a different approach a woman can’t hit send to his medical center could Lisa Cunningham lights up and at least I have a Subway in Anaheim with crippling depression and anxiety is 7 years how much cups of Samson tissues. Don’t worry we’ll carry on giving you these drugs but we’re also going to prescribe something else we could have prescribed twice a week to meet with a group of other depressed and anxious people to talk about how miserable you are but to figure out something meaningful you can all do together so you won’t be lonely and you won’t feel like life is pointless the first time discrete math lease electric start

Vomiting with anxiety was so overwhelming for her back the group started talking what could we do still like what do we learn gardening there was an area behind the doctor’s office is it was just like scrubland we make this into a garden so they started to take books out of the library they starts what YouTube clips I started to get their fingers in the soil they started to learn The rhythms of the seasons that’s a lot of evidence that exposure to the natural world is a really powerful antidepressant but I started to do something even more important I started to form a tribe they started to form agree they started to care about each other if one of them didn’t show up the others would go looking for them so how you like to hang out then figure out what was troubling than that day the way Lisa put it to me as the garden began sebelum we began to blame social prescribing it spreading all over Europe has a small but growing body of evidence suggests that you can purchase real a meaningful fools and depression and anxiety standing in the garden that Lisa and her once depressed friends bill it’s a really

Beautiful Spanish inspired by God Bless America in Australia when people feel down in this pouch you just you just need to be you be yourself I realized I actually what we should say to people please don’t be you don’t be yourself be on the way the solution to these problems just not lying drawing more and more on your resources as an isolated individual that’s partly what goes into this process allows on reconnecting to something bigger than you I’m not really connect to one of the other causes of depression and anxiety that I wanted to talk to you about so everyone knows junk food has taken over our diets and made us physically sick I don’t say that with any sense of superiority from McDonald’s just like junk food is taking over a diet Tomatoes physically sick a kind of junk values have taken over our minds and made us mentally sick bug is the most divisive said if you think life is about money and status and shoving off you going to feel like crap right that’s not an exact quote for something weirdly hardly

Anyone is scientifically investigated this until a truly extraordinary person I got two nine nine Professor 10 Casa is it Knox College in Illinois researching this for about 30 years now and his research suggests several really important things to me the more you believe you can buy and display your way out of sadness and into a good life the more likely you are to become depressed and anxious and secondly as a society we have become much more driven by these two throughout my Lifetime on to the white advertising an Instagram I realized it’s like we’ve all been fed since birth a kind of KFC for the soul we’ve been trained to look happiness in all the wrong places and just like junk food doesn’t meet your nutritional needs that she makes you feel terrible values don’t meet your psychological needs and I can take you away from a good life when I suspect on Mcpherson cast when I was learning all this weed make sure the Motions cuz I’m the one hand I found this really challenging I could see how often in my own life when I felt down I’ll try to remedy it with some kind of show off a grand external

Solution and I can see why that did not work well for me I’m sorry for everyone and think about all the shoes you bought the retweets you got right you going to think about my love and meaning in Connection in your life but we all know these things in this culture we don’t live by them while they become cliches but we don’t live by them I don’t feel well if that’s the case I said to me because we live in a machine that is designed to get us to neglect what is important about life that’s what you think about that because we live in a machine that is designed to get us to neglect what is important about life profesor Casa wanted to figure out if we can disrupt that machine he started his research base I’ll tell you about one example and everyone hate to try this with their friends in that family group of teenagers and adults come together for serious discussions of a series of a. Of time to meet up I’m Paul the point of the great was to get people to think about employment in that life I have actually found meaning and purpose playing music writing helping someone I’m sure everyone taking picture

Something right upon the point of the great ways to get people to ask okay how could you dedicate more of your life. Assuming these moments of meaning and purpose and less started buying crap you don’t need putting it on social media and trying to get people to go to OMG so jealous right found was just having these meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings articulate these values determined to act on them and check in with each other letter March 5th in people’s values of depression generating messages training us to seek happiness in the wrong places and towards more meaningful and nourishing balm used lifted out of depression with all the solutions that I saw on written about the money I talk talk about hair why did it take me so long to see these insights right before you explain them to people with some of the more complicated than we already know these things why do we find it so hard to understand if it has many reasons I think one reason is that we have to change our

Understanding of what depression and anxiety actually are there a very real biological contributions to depression and anxiety if we allow the biology to become the whole picture as I did for so long as I would argue our culture has done pretty much most of my life the signs people isn’t anyone’s intention your pain doesn’t mean anything it’s just a malfunction it’s like a glitch in a computer program it’s just a a wiring problem in your head I was only able to start changing my life when I realized your depression is not a malfunction it’s a signal good depression is a signal is telling you something we still this way for reasons and they could be hard to see in the first depression understand that really well from personal experience with the right help we can understand these problems and we can fix these problems together but today that the very first step is we have to start insulting these signals by saying that a sign of weakness or Madness only biological except for tiny number of people we need to stop Listening to these signals because they’re telling us something we really need to hear it’s only so we truly listen to the signals owner of these signals the begin to see the liberating nourishing deep Solutions the cows the awaiting all around us thank you typhoon

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