So I am at work, waiting for my next client, as I listen to this Joe Rogan podcast on depression, with his guest Carla Santa Maria. Carla states that she has extensive training in neurology and is exploring the question, what causes depression? I find myself agreeing with most of what she says.
However here is the thing. If a person has depression, and let’s say the depression is caused by low serotonin levels in the brain. My questions is, what caused the low serotonin? There are many possible answers to this question. Could it have been a radical change in diet? Ongoing lack of sleep? Dental toxins? A change in beliefs? Or a crisis brought about by an old belief system that does not fit with our changing times?
As a psychotherapist, I find myself paying more attention to research that investigates the relationships between our thinking and our neurological processes. I strongly believe our thoughts influence not only our mental health but also the biological processes that underlie our mental health.
I will concede that our mental health is governed by more than thought processes. Environmental, genetic and various other factors have been shown to influence the development of depression. However, I remain a big believer that our thoughts play an important role in the recovery from depression.
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