About Depression and Anxiety;
What’s the Difference?
Depression and Anxiety are the most prevalent mental mood disorders in modern society. The pharmaceutical companies keep coming up with new drugs in order to alleviate the suffering that these two syndromes produce. However, the medication is designed to alleviate the symptoms, not to heal them. It is a short term bandage, not a cure.
In order to address healing we have to search the bottom-line of the syndromes, find out what are the underlying issues, clear them, and help the sufferer re-emerge to perfect health as they had experienced prior to falling into the depth of these syndromes.
Depression and Anxiety are considered to be chronic conditions. As so, the traditional medical field views them as incurable conditions whereby symptoms can be alleviated temporarily by medication but cannot be cured. It means the sufferer will be “sentenced” for life to be on medication and if the person quits, the condition may become even worse.
In the last 20 years, the world has discovered Energy Therapy. In the different modalities of Energy Therapy in general, (and specifically in IPEC Therapy), the approach towards chronic diseases and syndromes is a thorough investigation for the root cause of why a person has lost their mental and/or physical health.
This investigation will find out in most cases that something was “cooking” inside for a long time, and at a certain point, the balance of health tipped over, and a chronic condition has taken over the person.
There are many reasons, shapes and forms to Depression and Anxiety. For the sufferer there is usually something going wrong physically for a while and at a certain point the sufferer develops these mental conditions as a side effect of the physical, overt or covert condition.
In others, these syndromes would come as a result of a spiritual decline that gradually reshapes the person’s philosophical approach to life, and at a certain point it becomes clear that a mental syndrome has taken hold over the psyche of the sufferer.
Anxiety and Depression: a Symbiotic Relationship
Both syndromes seem to be so different from each other, but in most cases they are actually like both sides of a coin, as one cannot exist without the other.
Life is comprised of a constant flow of events. Sometimes good things happen and sometimes we face difficulties.
When that happens, most of us react normally with sadness, frustration, irritation and tend to be shaken. The degree to which we experience these feelings depend on the intensity of the negative event but we bounce back out of it.
When we do not bounce back from “bad news” or negative events, and slowly we sink into another form of being, when most of the day, for days, weeks or months in a row, we feel bad, then we understand we’ve developed either Depression, Anxiety or both.
The major symptoms of Depression are profound sense of hopelessness, helplessness, pessimism, loss of interest, apathy, emptiness, feels like a painful hole in the center of the chest or the gut, “what’s the point in living?” attitude, suicidal thoughts, profound fatigue, no energy, low self-esteem, intense guilt, either over-sleeping or insomnia, over-eating or a lack of appetite.
Many of these symptoms can happen also in Anxiety. The anxious person is highly irritated, impatient, needs to understand why he or she having these emotions, difficulty concentrating, experiences racing heart and grinding teeth, muscle tension, dread and panic.
The anxious person is majorly disconnected from one’s feelings, and is obsessed with negative scripts about the future. The anxious person doesn’t live in the here and now but mainly obsessed about a possible non-specific looming disaster.
Physical Causation of Depression
Depression and Anxiety are major disruptions of the body-mind’s flow of energy. The energy is derived from major organs in our body. When there are physical issues in one of these organs or more, the organ will slow down and will try to fix the problem and survive.
This slowing down and/or a lack of stability in the organ, might render the psyche to slow down if Depression sets in, or, getting into irritable energy discharge if Anxiety sets in.
The major culprits will be the adrenal glands, the thyroid gland, specific parts of the brain (pituitary gland, hypothalamus, amygdala and hippocampus), the liver and the reproductive system. Actually we’re talking about the major hormonal manufacturing / distributing parts of our body.
We’re all equipped with a psycho-biological system in our body that is called the Stress System. This system is comprised of parts of the brain and the adrenal glands (an almond size glands, located at the top of each kidney).
When you spend time in nature, look for a few minutes at the birds. When they are resting on the ground or on the tree, their heads are constantly moving from side to side, to foresee any danger about to loom.
This is the essence of our stress system. Even though we’re living in a modern world, we’re first living creatures that can be inflicted with damage or death by another living creature. Our instincts are unlike anymore to those of the birds.
Evolution helped us distinct these instincts so in many emergency cases we’re unaware to a looming danger. A normal and balanced stress system will alarm us of a danger coming and after the danger is gone, the stress system goes back to normal.
When the system is triggered, re-triggered and keeps triggering, the balance of this system is compromised. We often feel alarmed as if there is a new danger looming every second. The body-mind system erupts with Anxiety and Depression, no longer able to regulate the symptoms and the signals of the stress system anymore.
When this alarm keeps going incessantly, the Depression and Anxiety will become our second nature and will set in as a permanent syndrome.