WHAT IS DEPRESSION

AND HOW TO RELEASE IT

Most people probably feel like if they have depression then they will have it for life because the prevalent belief, thanks to the Medical Model, is that depression is caused by our faulty genes and if we have the gene for depression, we have to suffer with it for life and are only able to manage it with medication and talk therapy.

So, before we start talking about how to release depression, we have to know what depression actually is and what causes it.

To make this clearer we have to go back to the old Nature vs. Nurture argument which is an age old debate that involves the question of whether human behavior is determined by our genes or our environments throughout our lives. The medical model has long ago put forth the idea that it is our genes and our genetic inheritance that determines our destiny in terms of physical, mental and emotional outcomes. The Psychology model has always believed that even though genes may play a part, it is mainly a person’s mental and emotional environment throughout their lives that is actually the deciding factor for human behavior.

Up to this point in time the Medical Model’s view of this issue has dominated mainly because there was no proof to the contrary. Well, that has changed. There is new scientific evidence (a great deal actually supplied by the Medical Model) that is causing the Nature vs. Nurture paradigm to shift towards a new paradigm that is emphasizing that it is indeed our environments that are the major determining factors influencing our behaviors, and thus, our lives.

 

Two major studies over the last twenty years, both beginning in the ‘90’s, are shifting the paradigm of Nature over Nurture to a new paradigm of Nurture over Nature. One of these major studies was carried out by the Medical Model and was called The Genome Project. This study started in 1990 and was completed in 2003. The reason why this study is so important is because, (as told by Dr. Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist that was on the cutting-edge of these studies back in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s) not one of the original hypotheses of the Genome Project was proven to be true.

As a matter of fact, a major finding of the Genome Project was that it is not the gene that controls life, but the interactions in the environment of the gene that turn the characteristics of the gene on and off. This discovery was incidental to the emergence of the field of Epigenetics, which refers to the surface of the gene and not the gene itself as the main determinant of which way the genetic material is directed. Dr. Lipton states “Epigenetics reveals that we are not victims of our genes…”. So the essence of what has been discovered is that it is not our genes that are the main determinant of our mental, emotional, and physical destinies. It is the environment of our genes.

Another study, started around the same time, is called the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs). It has been going on since 1995 and will continue throughout the lifetimes of all of the participants, collecting important data on each subject until their deaths. It focuses on how toxic stress and negative conditioning on a mental/emotional while growing up negatively affects every aspect of our behavior later in our lives, including conditions such as anxiety, depression, etc. This stress from our earlier lives  also  negatively  affects  our  self-esteem,

spousal and social relationships, our financial situation, and can cause chronic illness and disease, even early death. And, if you might think such a study in relation to toxic stress would be representative of the lower classes, the participants of this study are 17,000 Kaiser-Permanente employees who all have average or above intelligence and have jobs earning average or above incomes putting them in the middle to upper class.

spousal and social relationships, our financial situation, and can cause chronic illness and disease, even early death. And, if you might think such a study in relation to toxic stress would be representative of the lower classes, the participants of this study are 17,000 Kaiser-Permanente employees who all have average or above intelligence and have jobs earning average or above incomes putting them in the middle to upper class.

Notice I said “if gone unchecked”. We now know that our adverse childhood experiences cause our negative thoughts/beliefs, feelings and behaviors. These negative thoughts and feelings then create our anxiety, worry, fear, depression, anger, guilt, shame, and even some of our physical pain, etc. And since this negativity came from our environment growing up and not our genes, we can now reverse this process by using new, effective, cutting-edge therapeutic methods to release the traumatic memories that caused these conditions and let them go once and for all.

 

Yet another paradigm is shifting. With the new research on the functioning of the brain, much more effective treatment methods are now available. Instead of simply "managing"  your depression with medication and/or Cognitive Behavioral talk Therapy (or a combination of the two), there are now newer, more effective therapies that can actually interact with the deeper parts of the brain and release the traumatic memories, thoughts and feelings that are “stuck”, something that traditional talk therapy cannot do. Some of these more effective treatments (i.e., E.M.D.R., Brainspotting, E.F.T. (Emotional Freedom Technique), etc., are listed on my website.

The Trauma/Stress tree below represents how the amount of trauma or stress we experience in our earlier lives greatly influences and creates the “roots” of our emotional and behavioral foundation for the rest of our lives. From our negative experiences come our negative thoughts, beliefs and perceptions about ourselves and the world.

  • These negative or traumatic memories get “stuck” in the deeper parts of our brains.

·       The cutting-edge, alternative therapeutic methods I use (i.e., E.M.D.R.Brainspotting, Hypnosis, W.H.E.E. Therapy, Parts Therapy, etc.), are incredibly effective in helping people to release Anxiety, Worry, Panic, Fear, Phobias,  Depression, Anger, even Physical Pain, etc.

So, depression, or anxiety, or other mental/emotional conditions are not your destiny. They were “given to you” by your adverse childhood experiences and they can be “taken away” by the new, more effective therapeutic methods that are now available to us.

I CAN HELP YOU LET GO OF YOUR DEPRESSION!

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(914) 242-3484

Very knowledgeable and experienced therapist

Dave Dodge, L.C.S.W., C.I.R.T.

Individual & Couples Therapy

Anxiety & Trauma Specialist
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Dave Dodge, L.C.S.W.
Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
(914) 242-3484
391-4350
Skype and telephone sessions are also available
Skype name - dave.dodge11

I am a therapist with over 40 years of experience working with people to help them resolve the issues that are creating problems in their life. I am Certified and trained in a number of alternative therapies that are quicker, easier and much more effective than talk therapy in releasing one's issues.

Please also visit my other website for more information on how I can help you.