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What you don’t know about depression
On my own journey through life and mis diagnosis of bipolar disorder. functional autism, it makes my heart expand to know that finally the truth about depression, anxiety and chronic stress can no longer be muted by big pharma. When you ask questions and trust the inmate wisdom of your body mind, you can heal your body naturally using nature’s medicine chest and the ancient wisdom of our ancestors to write your own prescription for a healthy, fulfilled life on purpose. Over the past 15 years, I have had the honour of assisting women all over the world to heal themselves from the inside out, from their cells to their soul using simple strategies like eating clean, getting enough restorative sleep, rewiring their nervous system by getting to the root cause of their current health, relationship and money issues through my Mindfulness Change and early childhood experiences with unpredictable stressors i.e. epigenetic and then using an integrative healing approach unique to each individual to reboot their brain and support their body systems naturally and effectively so they thrive!
Who am I to show you how? Well, I have created the True nature Systems based on healing my own body mind, years of study, certification and clients results . When doctors told me I would be on SSRI’s for the rest of my life if I wanted to stay alive and functioning, I chose to look at alternative medicine and nutrition as my pathway from pain to purpose. In 6 months, I tapered off the medication, cleared my brain fog and anxiety through the D.R.E.S.S code (diet, rest, exercise, sleep and supplementation) and regained “a mind of my own.”
It was not always easy or comfortable, there were times when I just wanted to curl in a ball and go to sleep forever, but my vision to heal myself and help other women was bigger than my fear.
I know I did not go through all of this to keep it to myself – this work matters and there has never been a better time to trust your YES!
Knowledge is power and I am on a mission to “teach a wo/man to fish and feed him/her for life”.
If you’re diagnosed with depression, then chances are you can relate to any of the following: persistent distress, malaise, anxiety, inner agitation, fatigue, low libido, poor memory, irritability, insomnia, sense of hopelessness, and feeling overwhelmed and trapped but emotionally flat. You might wake up most mornings unmotivated and uninspired, and you drag yourself around all day waiting for it to end (or waiting for a drink). Maybe you feel a sense of dread or panic without knowing why. You can’t silence the negative thoughts, which puts you on edge. Sometimes it seems like you could let loose an endless stream of tears, or perhaps you can’t remember the last time you cared enough about something to cry. All of these descriptions are symptoms that typically fall under a diagnosis of clinical depression. And if you were to seek help through conventional medicine, even if you don’t consider yourself “depressed,” you’d likely be handed a prescription for an antidepressant, joining the more than 30 million users in America. You might already be part of this community and feel like your fate is now sealed.
It doesn’t have to be.
Over the past twenty-five years, ever since the FDA approval of Prozac-type medications, we’ve been taught that drugs can improve the symptoms of or even cure mental illness, particularly depression and anxiety disorders. Today they are among the most prescribed, best-selling drugs. This has led to one of the most silent and underestimated tragedies in the history of modern health care.
As a practicing psychiatrist with a degree in cognitive neuroscience from MIT, an MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, and clinical training from NYU School of Medicine, I care deeply for women struggling with their well-being. I’m compelled to share what I’ve learned about the corruption of modern psychiatry and its sordid history while investigating holistic methods that focus on nutrition, meditation, and physical activity—what some practitioners are calling lifestyle medicine because the approach involves changes in everyday lifestyle habits, rather than the use of pharmaceuticals. While such drug-free methods are rooted in supportive science, they are virtually unknown in this age of the quick fix.
Let’s get a few facts straight from the get-go. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I’m not even that politically minded, but I do like to think for myself. I’m a natural skeptic and pragmatist. These days, there are a couple of issues in my line of work that are making my blood boil, and I’m working to connect the dots between them to help establish a framework for a truth in science “sniff-test.” For one, symptoms of mental illness are not entirely a psychological problem, nor are they purely a neurochemical issue (and, as we’ll see shortly, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain). Depression is merely a symptom, a sign that something is off balance or ill in the body that needs to be remedied.
And two, depression is a grossly misdiagnosed and mistreated condition today, especially among women—one in seven of whom is being medicated (one in four of reproductive age). Although I was trained to think that antidepressants are to the depressed (and to the anxious, panicked, OCD, IBS, PTSD, bulimic, anorexic, and so on) what eyeglasses are to the poor-sighted, I no longer buy into this rhetoric.
We owe most of our mental illnesses—including their kissing cousins such as chronic worry, fogginess, and crankiness—to lifestyle factors and undiagnosed physiological conditions that develop in places far from the brain, such as the gut and thyroid. That’s right: you might owe your gloominess and unremitting unease to an imbalance that is only indirectly related to your brain’s internal chemistry. Indeed, what you eat for breakfast (think whole wheat toast, fresh OJ, milk, and multigrain cereal) and how you deal with that high cholesterol and afternoon headache (think Lipitor and Tylenol) could have everything to do with the causes and symptoms of your depression. And if you think a chemical pill can save, cure, or “correct” you, you’re dead wrong. That is about as misguided as taking aspirin for a nail stuck in your foot.
I do not deny that I have developed a bit of an acrimonious relationship with much of conventional medicine over the past several years. After having witnessed the devastation this paradigm has wrought upon the lives of hundreds of my patients, I’m convinced that the pharmaceutical industry and its bedfellows, concealed behind official titles such as certain medical societies and associations, have created an illusion of science where none exists, in the service of profit over professional responsibility. I can myth bust just about everything you think you know about the role of drugs in the treatment of depression and anxiety. It’s time to turn the lights on in this dark room. Let’s open up this conversation and embrace a perspective on depression that radically challenges mainstream assumptions and theories.
The time has come for you to have a mind of your own.
Adapted from A Mind of Your Own by Kelly Brogan, MD
Kelly Brogan, MD, is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the book, A Mind of Your Own, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. She is a mother of two.
How to stop worrying and start living happy is a choice!
Last week I spoke about how you can stop capping your happiness and CHOOSE to have happiness as a CHOICE.
I know what it feels like to not live in to my YES and It breaks my heart to see incredible, powerful women let fear stop them from achieving the health, happiness and success
they know is possible by capping their happiness and making themselves wrong.
It’s a touchy subject that has had me squirming more than once when I have reached out looking for the “right” person to support me
in getting out of my own way when I am stuck in the yes but, and other mean self talk.
Maybe I’ll piss you off so much you will hit unsubscribe and never want to speak to me again, that is okay, I won’t stop loving you where you are.
I am not going anywhere. I am willing to give up having you in my tribe ( for now) if it will help you get into action in your Diamond zone of genius and high shine.
I speak to women every day that have so much to offer in their unique zone of genius and then something happens – they stop trusting and start thinking about all the reasons and justifications WHY they can not instead of asking How can I……..???
Just last week I spoke with a woman who had had enough of the old self sabotage, the pain, the stress and overwhelm showing up in different versions of the old stories. She was ready to take a leap into the unknown, unravel, get to the root and change it! She wanted private mentoring with me. We spoke about what it was coming her to not get to root of her pain. She was so ready, so excited to rewrite her story and reset her nervous system. As she tapped into her pain she received that the very things she had experienced as sickness and childhood trauma was her purpose and potential> She acknowledged it was time to share her story, that her heart was telling her to say yes and make the leap into my FACET private mentorship program, and she said YES to that knowing, that she was done playing small and scared……
The next day she backed out, stating that she said yes, “in a moment of weakness.”
“I just did not think it through, I don’t know what came over me.” she said
and she stepped away from her YES and back into a place where she knew how to cap her happiness
and settle for less.
When is listening to your higher self EVER a moment of weakness?
Do you want to know what weakness actually is? It’s when you won’t listen to your heart and only listen to your head, which will tell you any kind of lie it needs to in order to keep you right where you are. It cautions you to be careful, weigh your options, list the pros and cons, and don’t do anything that will cause you stress.
Well, guess what?
Accessing your true nature DOES causes stress. It stretches you and makes you feel uncomfortable, because you’re doing something you’ve never done before! Your comfort zone is called the comfort zone for a reason: because you’re comfortable there!
Your Diamond zone of genius, not excellence, GENIUS does not lie in your comfort zone.
If you want to go where the magic happens, you must leap where it tells you to leap before you know how it’s all going to work out. You don’t get trust first and THEN do the scary thing; you gain trust AS YOU DO THE SCARY THING.
“To get what you’ve never had,
you must do things that you’ve never done.”
“Thinking things through” will close the door on more opportunities and miracles than you can even imagine.
Being your OWN magic and medicine, requires that you follow the body nudges ( it feels intense, painful even – to get your full attention) where your heart whispers and encourages you and let your head work out the logistics along the way. Start trusting yourself that you’ll be have the time and money to invest in your dreams, because I promise it will require an investment of both to create miracles. At the least the kind of miracles you want to make.
It will take mindful change to rewire your nervous system and reboot your brain from all the old beliefs holding you prisoner in the confines of a crazy mind so it no longer runs your life and makes you sick with stress and overwhelm.
It’s not that hard once you get the hang of it. But you’ve got to stop thinking things through, or you’ll think yourself right into rut after rut after rut.
You will keep capping your happiness and make you self sick, tired and depressed!!
It does not have to be this way!
Let me support you in following your body minds innate wisdom, your gut instinct because when you get to the root of your pain, stuck sensation trapped in your tissues you can create a solid foundation of safety for yourself and turn your pain into purpose driven living NOT dying!!
Listen to todays magical tool to balance your “split mind”
and get you out of thinking and into trusting even when you are afraid. Follow that with exhilarated aliveness rather than fear and reclaim your meaningful life.
Please don’t cap your happiness, you are far to incredible to not be #unstoppable.
Do you have a personal way that you stop self sabotage and move towards your true nature?
Share it please #unlimited
Appreciating your Diamond genius
Book your complimentary CLARITY to health and happiness breakthrough session now if you have had enough of living from the same old story expecting a different result
Its your birthright to live free in your True Divine Nature and thrive!