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What we know about the mind and what is causing your problems.


Luciano

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Whilst it is true that there is a lot about the mind we do not currently understand it is also true that we know enough to do much better when it comes to dealing with mental health issues.  

 

On one hand there are psychologists who do not believe our minds have a conscious and unconscious delineation. This is largely due to challenges associated with scientifically testing and proving the thesis beyond any doubt. However there are plenty of smart people who believe the unconscious mind does exist. Neuroscientists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky both received a 2002 Nobel Prize for their work in this field. So a lot of people know we have a conscious and an unconscious mind. They just cannot prove it beyond doubt at this stage. 

 

We know that emotions are caused by the release of neurochemicals such as dopamine and serotonin. We know that our thoughts regulate the release of these chemicals. Sad thoughts equal sad emotions. And do we know what else triggers the release of neurochemicals? Our friend, the unconscious mind. Are your symptoms the result of a chemical imbalance? You could say that. But the source of the chemical imbalance is the faulty signalling coming from your unconscious.  

 

In closing we know enough to come to the following conclusion. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression or associated issues then the cause can be found in your unconscious.  A different starting position at best will send you the long way round in your search for a solution. At worst it will send you in the wrong direction.

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23 hours ago, Luciano said:

If you are experiencing anxiety, depression or associated issues then the cause can be found in your unconscious.  A different starting position at best will send you the long way round in your search for a solution.

You did not factor another cause: disastrously catastrophic crisis that are beyond the sufferer's control

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15 minutes ago, iWantRope said:

You did not factor another cause: disastrously catastrophic crisis that are beyond the sufferer's control

That's a fair point. Although I would argue that this is not the actual cause of the symptoms. A crisis can happen to two people. One can be left with crippling depression the other can escape relatively unscathed. It is how we have internalised the experience ... what beliefs this leaves in the unconscious that causes the emotional issues that follow. 

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