Depression and Anxiety

Depression and Anxiety

These two mental health diagnoses are highlighted because so many people are affected by them. They are actually manifestations of a long list of underlying problems.  More often than not, depression and/or anxiety are normal responses to stressful situations or events, and are the body’s way of letting us know something if off balance and that there is some lesson we need to learn. Usually that lesson has to do with our false beliefs and perceptions.

What Depression/Anxiety is NOT

These symptoms are not a sign of  personal weakness, failure, character defects, or any other stigmatizing beliefs people may have heard over time.  Talking to a professional does not  mean one can’t cope with their problems.  Asking for feedback or getting a different perspective is hardly a weakness.  It is a way of coping.   Stress, fear, and angst, though usually self-created, are simply part of the human condition from time to time, and there is no elite group of people who are above it.

Some underlying issues that can trigger depression and/or anxiety

  • Worrying about what other people think (humans’ all-time greatest fear!)
  • People pleasing
  • Unresolved conflict
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of success
  • Wanting to be liked by everyone at all times
  • Believing you are less than others
  • Competition or comparison to others
  • Abuse related issues
  • Alcohol/drugs as coping mechanisms
  • Feeling inadequate (a universal feeling)
  • Feeling invalidated and not able to self-validate
  • Over-dependence on technology
  • Feeling of disconnection
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Communication issues
  • Anger and/or holding grudges
  • Guilt
  • Weak relationship or interaction with the natural world (more important than one might think).

The list is endless!  These are just some of the problems, usually triggered by false beliefs about oneself, that lead to the physiological, biological conditions of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, migraines, backaches, IBS, hypertension, ulcers, etc., etc., etc.

There are numerous websites on depression and anxiety, many of which offer symptom checklists which can be very helpful in determining if you are suffering from either of these highly treatable and workable conditions.  

There is suffering in this world.
We create most of it.
There is a way to end it.
There is a path to that end.