I’m asking you to think about if anxiety, depression and PTSD are really illnesses or simply a response to trauma and/or overwhelm.
When too much happens at once the hippocampus or part of our brain that catalogues our memories gets overwhelmed. This may be one dreadful incident, it may be a buildup of lots of things or even a buildup of fear imposed by others. There is plenty of that around at the moment.
When overwhelm happens we respond with anxiety, depression and PTSD. These are an injury, not an illness. Sure, short term chemical treatment can help you to calm initially in a similar way to painkillers helping a broken leg. But let’s start treating anxiety, depression and PTSD as injury not illness.
This takes away the stigma of “mental illness” which does prevent some people from seeking help.
A recent study reported in Science shows that worldwide rates of these disorders remain stable at 1 in 14 people. Yet “in conflict‐affected countries, an estimated one in five people suffers from depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and other disorders.” That would not be a surprise!
There is nothing like fear to trigger overwhelm.
Anxiety is activation of the fight and flight system while PTSD and depression really involve the protective freeze response of the same system.
The same study noted that ”despite widespread and increasing use of antidepressants, rates of anxiety and depression do not seem to be improving. From 1990-2010 the global prevalence of major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders held at 4.4% and 4%. At the same time, evidence has continued to show that antidepressants perform no better than placebo”.
This is all definitely worth a thought. Sorting things out in your unconscious mind to help yourself back to calm is the treatment I recommend. It is what helped me to recover from the anxiety, depression and PTSD that I lived with for many years.
If you would like to learn more, I offer a free no obligation consultation of about 20-30 minutes to help you sort out whether this approach would help.