The reason for depression is not just chemistry, traumatic occasions, hereditary predisposition, a bad youth etc., that is why nothing genuinely works against it, and depression is galloping. I have an absolutely different handle it. Excuse me the long text, I generally choose little, easy descriptions, nevertheless it is important to understand and explore this important afflict on humanity and our quality of life adequately.
Depression and associated mental conditions are so important that the World Health Organization, the world’s foremost authority on human health, has declared a state of emergency and a call to arms to all the Health ministries and all researchers to fight an epidemic that they predict will conquer heart problem as the number one killer, the primary expense to societies and economies and the primary detriment to human lifestyle and health and wellbeing by2025 This epidemic is depression and associated mental illness, and they honestly declare that they have no concept regarding why it is broadening so quickly or what to do about it. Why is it spreading out at such a phenomenal rate, ending up being humankind’s greatest health risk?
Considering that the development of modern psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy just 120 years ago, the practices have actually conquered the world and formed a multibillion dollar industry in conjunction with the huge pharmaceutical market for mental health drugs where numerous, such as Prozac and Valium have ended up being family names. Millions of people live lives where their diminish and prescription medication forms parts of their regular, and the expansion of therapists is not restricted to the richest countries, Buenos Ayres in Argentina being the city with the most psychotherapists per capita by a big margin. In addition to traditional treatment there is an ever more popular alternative recovery industry with workshops and retreats changing standard holidays for an ever growing audience. Why is it worsening instead of better since the world is putting more and more resources and effort into resolving it? Why does not anything work, why has it end up being, as numerous scientists call it, “The quiet epidemic”? More and more syndromes emerge, such as PTSD and ADD, and in lots of countries people get disability advantages for anxiety, often for a life time. How come all these efforts in fact speed up the epidemic of depression, instead of reduce it?
Previous epidemics such as the plague or smallpox preyed mostly on the bad and the underprivileged, those without any access to tidy water, healthcare, the ones with minimal resources. However the anxiety epidemic spares no one, to the contrary, often the abundant, the beautiful and the effective tend to suffer from it more than the underprivileged, as exemplified by the suicides, the detox clinics and the psychological issues among the successful and appreciated elites of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. According to World Health Organization figures, the UK has the same suicide rate as Swaziland, double that of Ghana. Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland and Ecuador share the very same suicide rates at 50%higher. In the United States where the treatment, healing and pharmaceutical industries become part of the culture, suicide rates are even higher and in rich countries like Sweden with the best social care individuals eliminate themselves a lot more! Why?
Why, when according to every United Nations statistic, we as humanity have never ever had it so excellent? Despite standards and hardship lines increasing constantly, hardship rates are dropping listed below 10%worldwide for the first time in human history, some type of required and complimentary education for children exists in even the poorest countries along with some type of universal health care system, pension and social care systems. These ideas didn’t even exist just a century or 2 earlier anywhere on earth, however we are constantly infuriated at their insufficiencies! More individuals live today in democratic programs than in authoritarian regimes than whenever in human history, basic human rights are acknowledged and appreciated in more countries than ever previously, less people are homeless than ever prior to and there are less people associated with wars in the last fifty years than any other time in history. Slavery is less than ever with even the most fanciful quotes by anti-slavery motions declaring it to be less than 0,7%of the population, consisting of all kinds of indenture or forced labor in totalitarian programs. Just a century and a half ago the number was 13%in the United states, two centuries ago it was 25%and two and a half thousand years back in enlightened ancient Athens, the innovator of democracy, slaves made up over 85%of the population. Slavery was legal in the majority of the world a couple of a century ago, and ladies not just had no rights to vote but it was debated whether they even had souls! Life expectancy has actually increased worldwide by over 70%in the last century alone and many health issues that were lethal are now dealt with easily by the advances of medical sciences in a regular fashion, including things as unique as organ transplants! The web offers all the world’s knowledge to everybody, whereas before it was only the fortunate few who had access to it.
Why then, is there a lot dissatisfaction and anguish about the world and mankind, why do the majority of people suffer from a consistent worry and sense of foreboding, stress and anxiety, anger and depression? Why are we so judgmental of human civilization and ourselves regardless of our amazing progress from violent hunters, scavengers and cavemen struggling to endure every day just a few thousand years ago? And if we are so worried and doing so much and dedicating so many resources to our mental health, why are we so miserably stopping working?
I propose that the reasons depend on what every kind of healing and treatment, whether conventional or alternative concentrate on: Injury. Finding injury, uncovering injury, comforting injury, accepting injury, relieving trauma. But we have evidence that they are all barking up the wrong tree. How can one heal a health problem if its causes are misunderstood? Actually, by putting the focus on injury, we are creating a prevalent victim mentality and culture, feeding the issue. Many individuals without any obvious injury are encouraged by psychologists to find something, often feeling the requirement to develop or aggrandize trauma in order to understand why they feel so bad when nothing appears wrong with their lives!
I am proposing a totally different cause for depression, based upon two recognized clinical concepts in order to understand depression and fight this epidemic that is becoming the number one danger to humanity.
The very first one is Social psychologist Leon Festinger’s Cognitive Dissonance Theory, lying mainly indisputable for the last 60 years and taught at virtually every psychology and psychiatry course on the planet. In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the psychological tension or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds 2 or more inconsistent beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time; performs an action that is inconsistent to their beliefs, concepts, or worths; or is challenged by new details that disputes with existing beliefs, concepts or values. In short, internal contradiction, paradox, causes distress.
The 2nd clinical concept, much more universally understood and accepted is the defining impact of beliefs on our thoughts, feelings, automatic reactions and physiques. The placebo result is acknowledged by all, and no drug can get approval by the authorities unless it passes comprehensive placebo trials. Most drugs that have actually gone through years of animal, scientific and human trials stop working at the placebo trials, and the power of propaganda, brainwashing, caused fanaticism, brain washing and marketing has been acknowledged because the beginning of human civilization. Everyone understands what a good pep talk can achieve, and in every sports film there is a minute when a motivating speech or an insight turns losing groups into winners. People stroll on fire unhurt, and perform incredible feats aided by their beliefs, while others fall ill since of them. In the last few decades scientists have actually been experimenting and concentrating on the determining result of our belief systems over our ideas, feelings and bodies, and lots of, like biologist Bruce Lipton who through lots of books and especially “The Biology of Belief”, go so far as to propose that our beliefs not just identify our thoughts, emotions, chemistry and physiology however can even change our DNA.
Every computer or automated maker is governed by an operating system, a core set of instructions that identify how it will view, act and react. In all living beings, consisting of human beings obviously, the os is comprised of directions etched either through instinct and genetics, life experiences and learning from moms and dads and other comparable life forms, or through simulating habits that appear to be successful. Every life form’s operating system, the guidelines that determine what it will feel, think or how it will respond, are merely mindful or instinctual, unconscious beliefs about what a lot of serves each being’s survival and health and wellbeing. All other animals nevertheless, do not experience shame, regret, remorse, social angst, lack of self-respect, depression. This is due to the fact that the belief systems of all other beings are not paradoxical, they hold little or no contradiction.
But human belief systems are extremely paradoxical; all biologists concur that reproduction is vital for life to exist, and so is a sense of self, for the functions of self-preservation, in order for each life kind to have as a priority their needs to eat, drink, avoid danger etc., however at the exact same time every human belief system, every religion, every culture vilifies sexuality, states it a sin, something base, repellent, unethical, dirty and every belief system vilifies similarly the sense of self, the ego. Altruism is the greatest virtue and self-sacrifice the most admirable act, while selfishness is the most horrible accusation. When it comes to sexuality again, our biggest sin and embarassment, it can be allowed just under a wide variety of guidelines, if it is discreet and if nobody enjoys it extraordinarily, lest they be called unclean, promiscuous or sluts. Is it a paradox if functions and attributes intrinsic to life and fundamental in every human and every other life form are considered bad? What about paradoxes such as “make yourself proud, make your household proud, make your country proud” and at the very same time “pride is one of the seven fatal sins, and humbleness is the greatest virtue”? So make yourself proud but be modest!
What about “it is too excellent to be true” meaning absolutely nothing good can be true, or “it is too easy to be true”, meaning reality is only something complicated that you can never understand? How paradoxical is that? The list is endless.
I propose that depression and associated mental disorders do not happen since of trauma, as everybody thinks, but due to the fact that of cumulative cognitive harshness of huge percentages that increases violently to the surface area the more our basic survival concerns are resolved. Depression, anxiety, absence of self-regard, victimhood, anger and anguish keep getting worse regardless of our advances due to the fact that the offender is not injury, it is paradoxical belief systems that pervade human civilization as a whole.
Is it possible to not feel guilty and embarrassed if everything we naturally feel and experience needs to be disguised and hidden lest we deal with social condemnation and ostracism? And even if we successfully hide our inherent and necessary selfishness and sexuality from others, how can we conceal it from ourselves? Is it possible to not feel blind anger and stress and anxiety if nothing makes good sense and whatever in our belief systems, our os is paradoxical?
Years of research study into the paradoxes, where they come from, and their purpose has caused Choice OS, an open source totally customizable os for human beings developed for happiness as the default condition rather than distress, anguish, worry, shame, guilt, anger and desperation through the removal of internal contradictions and conflicts. You can learn more about this effort at The path to Homo Delectus
The excellent theorist Aristotle, 2300 years ago proclaimed that happiness is the only possible function and aim of life because it is the only objective that is an end by itself. Whatever else we aim for, money, success, power, recognition, love, relationship, achievement we desire in order to be happy, however happiness is its own end.
What about an os developed specifically to be paradox complimentary for the function of happiness?
Isn’t it time someone attempted something different than prescription medication and years of counselling and therapy?