The Real Cause of Depression (being disconnected from source?)

September 30, 2015

I don’t think there exists a human who has thought about and researched depression more than I have. Only because it has been a necessity in my life.

After 14 years of trying every modality I could find, I think the real cause of depression is due to disconnection from our true source, our inner being, our highest bliss, whatever you want to call it.

Unalignment = depression.
Alignment = joy.

And viewed this way, I think depression is like a red alert warning system telling us we are far away from what we are meant to be doing.

Depression isn’t bad, even though it feels absolutely terrible. It’s simply a warning telling us to go the other way.

Briefly, these are all the modalities I have tried, in order.

1. Biochemical Medical Model
Prescription drugs. Psychiatrists.
Paxil, Wellbutrin, Prozac
This model says that depression is caused by lack of serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters. The medication either raises these neurochemicals or stops the body from using them up too quickly. I think we can use prescription medicine as a last resort but there are side effects. Trust me. And I don’t think this is the ultimate solution. These meds are like spraying febreze in your stinky apartment. It only masks the real problem. The better solution would be to wash your dishes, throw out the garbage, steam clean your carpet, and trash all the clutter.

2. Talk therapy model
The belief that if we talk with a qualified professional, we can figure out why we are depressed. Maybe our depression has to do with trauma from childhood or parents or something like that. I think this is the worst model because it’s expensive, takes a long time, and you will never get to the bottom of all your problems. You will feel better after each therapy session but that is temporary and you’ll have to keep going to feel better.

3. Environment Model
Seasonal affective disorder
This is a real thing. Lack of sunlight and change in the weather will depress certain groups of people. The solutions are pretty simple. Bright light therapy. Vitamin D supplements. Far Infrared Sauna. Last resort, move to a sunny locale.

4. Change Your Thoughts Model
Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Psychologists.
Depressed people usually have faulty thinking. This model helps change the way we think, which in turn makes us feel better. The more we think right, the stronger those thought patterns get, and the healthier we will be. “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” This works but is kind of a hassle. The therapists will give you homework sheets, to keep track of your thoughts. Then with their help, you manually correct each thought. And I feel like this is looking at the wrong end of the problem. The positive side is that you can do cognitive behavior therapy by yourself at home.

5. Diet Model
You are what you eat. Poor diet will lead to inflammation and depressive symptoms. Specifically, say no to wheat, dairy, sugar, processed food. Cleaning up your eating and you will feel better. This works but up to a limit.

6. Biochemical (supplement) Model
This is a DIY version of #1, with lesser side effects.
There are supplements that raise serotonin, dopamine etc.
5-HTP, Tyrosine, Gaba, DLPA, Fish Oil, Vitamin C, Niacin. Vitamin D helps also. Some also recommend eating carb heavy (healthy) foods to raise serotonin. The most popular method is to eat a baked potato, 3hrs after a protein rich meal, at night. Eatin carbs by itself after a protein meal will shuttle to your brain tryptophan, which turns into 5htp, and into serotonin. I’m a fan of this because you can avoid going to doctors, and enduring all the side effects of prescription drugs.

7. Mindfulness Model
Eckhart Tolle, Cheri Huber, Byron Katie, Buddhism, Zen
The practice of not paying attention to your thoughts. Or questioning your thoughts. Because thoughts are usually incorrect, especially the negative ones. This works, but is kinda hard to do. This is better suited for people who eventually lead a monk-like life. Meaning, you have to pretty much be mindful all day for this to be effective.

8. Inflammation Model
Cold showers and hot saunas will help with depression. Because depressed people have poor thermal regulation in the skin. And heating up the skin has been shown to increase serotonin in the brain. But again, this model is just one part of the puzzle.

9. Depression as growth model
Buddhists believe depression triggers spiritual growth. Depression is simply a season in our lives. The winter. And during this winter, we become introspective. Our soul becomes somber. We refocus on what’s important in our lives. And use these lessons to grow. I can see the validity in this. But I don’t think being depressed is necessary in order to grow. There has to be better, gentler ways.

10. Energetic Model
EFT. Energy Psychology. Energy Medicine. Acupuncture.
I’ve been really into this recently because they seem to be on the right track. Fix the energies first and the rest take care of itself. The combination of working on your body’s subtle energies (meridians, chakras,) and using psychology is a good combo. EFT definitely works. But I think the ultimate is the next thing.

11. Alignment Model
I think Joseph Campbell was right. Follow your bliss. That’s the whole point of life. Do what turns you on, Warren Buffett says. Find your lane.

The people doing what they are meant to be doing seem to be happy. And I don’t just mean being a doctor if you want to be a doctor. I mean, being fully, spiritually connected in all aspects of our lives.

This is what Abraham Hicks, Bashar, Louise Hay, Paramhansa Yogananda, and many of the spiritual teachers preach.

I’m not there yet but I think once you are fully aligned, fully connected to your source, the rest will take care of itself. Your brain will produce the right chemicals. Your body’s energies will align. The negative chatter will fade away. Your thinking will become positive and aligned.

I’ll keep you updated.