Research is beginning to show that the a major cause of depression is not genetics, but stress. It was thought that a particular sserotonin transporter genes was responsible for much of depression, as some previous studies have implied. serotonin transporter and depression. In EBT, we use the Natural Flow of Feelings when at Brain State 4 to unravel depression, and identify the wire that is triggering the cortisol cascade. These feelings are: angry, sad, afraid and guilty. Yet in people who slip into depression, often the “I feel angry . . ” skill needs strengthening. A simple, “I feel angry that . . . ” with a good deal of swearing –– of course, no aggression, just red hot healthy hostility. We call it an anger binge, sucking up at least 20 I feel angry. . . and not allowing words to pass your lips until you feel FIRE in the belly. Notice how depression cools, and you feel a tad better. What if you are an “anger management” candidate? Well, you’re probably stressed, but not depressed. We’ll talk about anger management in another posting, but for now, depressed? Work with your physician regarding the medications you need, but on top of that? EBT. In a six-year follow-up study, depression scores based on a Beck Depression Inventory from “moderate depression” range to a score of ONE. In the meanwhile, to get a taste of how to break stress circuits, consider an anger binge. Here is a demo:
Barbara was so depressed because of her work overload and the constant stream of projects sent her way . . . She had a seriously underdeveloped I feel angry skill, so she tried adding an Anger Binge to her daily routine. On her afternoon walk, she pumped up that skill by completing the I feel angry . . . sentence with whatever came to her mind.
I feel ANGRY at my boss.
I feel ANGRY I have so much work.
I HATE it that I am all alone.
OOOOOPPPPPPPPSSS, She almost went into sadness, which isn’t sadness but depression, which is not going to help with her Anger Binge.
I feel angry that life sucks.
I hate it that no matter what I do nothing works out.
I feel angry that I am fat.
I feel angry that I eat too much.
I feel angry that I am alone.
I feel angry that I have bills to pay.
I feel angry that people are so mean.
I HATE it that life sucks . . .
I feel angry that my life sucks. . .
I feel angry that nobody loves me.
I feel angry that I am tired.
I feel angry that I have to cook dinner.
I feel angry that . . .
Actually, I don’t feel angry. I feel . . .pretty good. I think I’m at a Brain State 2. Not bad!
Collect a surge of JOY. Everyone’s experience of this is different, so don’t get it a try until it feels safe and right to you. If you have an I feel angry binge, share your experience!