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How is Depression, anxiety and stress created?

Updated: Mar 27, 2020

Let's understand how the brain works, how we suffer in the way we do and what we can do about it.

Let's have a look at the brain. We have a conscious part, the part that interacts with the world, the part we know as you. This is the part that we use to interact with each other and it is attached to a vast intellectual resource, the intellectual mind, this is the part that we don't share with other animals. That is why you won't see a monkey up a tree ordering their supermarket shop on a mobile phone!

Now when we operate from this part of the brain we generally get things right in life, it will always come up with the answers based on a proper assessment of the situation and is generally very positive.

However, there is another part of the brain, this part is the original primitive part. The centre and influential bit of the brain is the amygdala. This is generally referred to as the fight/flight area of the brain. It is associated with two other very primitive parts, the hippocampus and the hypothalamus.

So if our primitive minds things that our life is in some sort of danger or crisis it will generally step into help, depression anxiety and anger are all primitive opt out clauses.

So it is very important that we start getting back on top of things, restrict the amount we are piling into emotional bucket and getting you concentrating on the positive aspects in your life.

By concentrating on the positive aspects in our life we end up taking the stairs up into our intellectual mind rather than our primitive mind and when we are up in our intellectual mind we start making better decision and staying more positive.

Ask yourself each day "What's been good?" This helps you to go to your intellectual mind and helps keep you positive and less anxious.

Stay safe.

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