Depression is on the rise. While modern medicine deals successfully with many health problems, it is however failing to address a range of other health and mental problems including Depression.
Is modern medical and psychological technique going to win the escalating battle against Depression? Or do we need to think outside of the square to begin to solve this massive social epidemic?
Throughout the world, paralleling the increased usage of antidepressants is the growth in sensory stimulation. People are cramming more and more into their lives, with the expansion of marketing, information technology and entertainment. This trend is producing a culture of distraction, taking us further and further away from our inner world. Even our children are constantly bombarded by school, home work, electronic games, television, DVD and after school activities. This constant occupation of time seems to be leading us away from our inner self, contributing to the increasing loss of meaning in people’s lives.
The increase of toxic chemicals in the environment, reduced nutritional value of our food and increased background radiation could also be contributing to weaker constitutions. Consequently our brain chemistry and neurology may be less and less capable of handling increased stress, making it easier for more people to be nudged toward depression.
Current accepted treatment for depression relies on antidepressant medicine, to help to alter the chemistry of the brain by increasing the levels of feel good neurotransmitters such as serotonin. This type of therapy often alleviates the immediate symptoms of depression, however it rarely addresses the underlying problem, where the symptoms often creep back and higher doses are required. I often hear stories of how people are coaxed into using antidepressants with assurances that they will only require them for 6 months. The reality is that the months turn into years and the years turn into a lifetime of drug dependency. There is a growing minority of people slipping into hopelessness who believe that nothing can be done to free them from depression or long-term dependence on drug use.
Doctors seem to have their hands tied. With the climate of litigation many doctors tend to over prescribe as a legal precaution rather than for the well being of the patient. The seductive strategies of the pharmaceutical companies manufacturing anti depressants lure doctors to prescribe readily, securing their billions in annual profits. Financial pressure on modern medical practice encourages doctors to turn over their clients at break-neck speed, preventing them from really getting to understand and respond to the patient’s challenges. There is an old culture between patients and doctors where patients are led by the expertise of the doctor, rather than the doctor educating the patient to make there own decision, to think that there can be someone out side of you who can make a better decision about your own health than you is total foolishness, I wonder how many more Dr Patel style tragedies we need before we wake up from this dream? If people are informed and encouraged to make their own decisions then there is less likely hood of litigation.
To balance the equation patients are equally responsible often wanting the problem to just go away. Anti-depressants offer a quick fix, sweeping the problem under the carpet – everybody’s happy (for a while). The current medical system works predominantly within a psychological and biochemical model. As a consequence they are missing an essential ingredient in solving the problem of depression. Although the psychological and biochemical imbalances may be evident, they are not necessarily the cause behind the problem of depression.
As a university science student in the early 1980’s I was fascinated with the workings of human body. I sought to understand the mystery of life but after two years of study I realised that there was something missing so my search widened into the science of spirit. My hunger for knowledge led me to India and the study of ancient spiritual traditions. In the 1990’s I investigated many alternative health therapies and finally became qualified in Kinesiology.
Kinesiology allowed me to link together both my conventional scientific and spiritual learnings and I found that the two perspectives do not actually conflict with each other. As certain sciences such as cosmology and quantum physics are reaching a deeper understanding and stepping into a new era, many of their theories explaining the origins of the universe align closely with some of the ancient spiritual traditions. However, the health sciences are lagging behind in making these connections, so real progress needs to come from other sources. The conventional medical mind is locked into one way of thinking, and as a consequence, judgment, conditioning and vested interests obscure the obvious. Scientific opinion is still suffering from the reactionary influences of medieval religious dogma: when the world was flat and science was the work of Satan and free thinking was repressed.
Today the pendulum has swung back the other way and the ruling doma wears a new hat. Science now rules and spirituality is dismissed as a folly of the quaint minded, having no place in the serious realm of health sciences. I dream of a world without bias where science and spirituality have no barriers – but create a continuum of understanding. In this world we are free from agendas and can begin to see clearly. When we do this we are able to express true compassion, we are more interested in helping people with their problems rather than pushing a personal agenda.
In my practice as a Kinesiologist many people come to try new things, usually because other approaches haven’t helped to end the problem. My investigation into clients presenting with depression indicate that the symptoms are a product of a partial disconnection or an unplugging of the soul from the mind-body. This is the missing ingredient. In order to be healthy and happy the mind-body needs to be controlled or directed by more than just the brain. When the brain alone becomes the controlling or directing influence, then symptoms of suffering and disease take hold. Once disconnected, the functioning of the mind is impinged, consequently it struggles unsuccessfully to heal it self and so digging itself deeper and deeper into confusion and ill health. This is where the psychological and biochemical symptoms observed by the medical system start to appear. Rather than getting distracted with the symptoms, we need to expand our perspective to understanding the cause and therefore the remedy: reuniting the mind and body with its spiritual governance. Once this reunification is established, then the symptoms dissolve of their own accord.
My life’s work to date has been in refining the science of interweaving the soul, mind and body into one functional unit. To achieve this I use a blending of science and metaphysics (the science of spirituality), and a way of listening to the deep inner needs of my clients. This is carried out with the amazing new science of Kinesiology.
Kinesiology involves doing gentle muscle testing to gain feedback from the body. This (bio) feedback provides valuable information via the subconscious mind. It is like a new form of internal information technology. Kinesiology allows us to access the hidden mysteries of the individual, giving us the critical data in the right context to facilitate the re-unification of the mind, body and soul.