Take a look at the statistics and it’s obvious the number of people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression is getting worse.
It is estimated that one in six Brits suffer from mental health issues. In the United States, the number of people seeking help for anxiety and depression increased by 93% between January and September 2020.
The rest of the world is not fairing much better. Western Europe, Australia, Greenland, Argentina, Chile, Iran and a smattering of African countries appear to be suffering the most. Reported cases in these nations are all over 15% of the population.
A 2017 study estimates 792 million people around the globe suffer from anxiety, depression or other mental health condition. However, these statistics are only based on the number of people that are seeking professional help. The figure is likely to be much higher.
What’s worse, people that do have mental health issues cannot find effective treatments. The National Institute for Mental Health confirms that antipsychotic medications do not cure mental health issues – including generalised anxiety disorder.
As a matter of fact, the general consensus is that anxiety is not curable. That’s only true to a degree. You will always sense some anxiety at times because it’s a natural process, but chronic anxiety is curable.
You would think the medical industry could find a solution right there. Yet not many employers or decision-makers in government are doing a great deal to abate the mental health issues they are creating.
Let’s face facts; moneymen do not care about your health.
Stress can be triggered by any number of causes; work, illness, family, economic struggles, noisy neighbours, a constantly barking dog. Bank procedures and government bureaucracy is designed to stress you out.
It is often the case that all the major stresses you naturally carry are triggered by the most innocuous slight; somebody pushing in front of you in a queue, your partner not making your coffee how you like it, the kids not putting their toys away, finding the toilet seat up etc. You probably have your own examples.
All these little niggles are triggered because you are carrying stress around with you so often that you don’t notice it’s there. It feels normal because the brain releases stress hormones to cope with everyday life.
A stress response is also triggered with persistent fears such as worry about the future. Oftentimes, psychological fears are irrational or simply a fear of the unknown.
Han Selye, noted as the father of stress research discovered that stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are released when you encounter a new challenge. This has since been coined as the fight, flight or freeze response.
What Selye basically realised was that the ego panics when it perceives a threat. In other words, stress is all in the mind. What is caused by the mind can be cured by the mind.
“My advice to any young person at the beginning go their career is to try to look for the mere outlines of big things with their fresh, untrained and unprejudiced mind.” ~ Hans Selye
The purpose of stress hormones is to increase your focus, ability to react to a situation and to give you the mental strength to overcome the challenge.
In addition, your heart rate and blood pressure increase, your brain work sharper and your immune system functions better.
It is in short bursts. But there are potential after-effects. When the body returns to a natural state it has to be able to wash away the stress hormones.
Eventually, stress hormones build up and cause serious physical and mental health problems.
Typically conditions caused by stress include digestive problems, obesity from comfort eating, regular colds due to a weakened immune system and an impaired nervous system which impacts your memory and decision making.
If you are showing any of the physical symptoms below, you should question whether they have been brought on by stress.
In the fast-paced world, we live in, especially with challenges posed by technology, government policies, economic uncertainty, and ignorant people that annoy you, a build-up of stress is a natural everyday occurrence.
And to make matters worse, the staged lockdowns prompted by the global pandemic is ratcheting up stress levels. According to WHO, there has been an increase in people looking for mental health services since the spread of Covid-19, but the pandemic has disrupted critical services in 93% of countries worldwide.
Not having access to effective mental health services is clearly a problem. On the other hand, the general advice given by service providers is to get more exercise, think positive, relax more and get a good night’s sleep.
This kind of advice doesn’t really help anyone that is suffering from stress, anxiety or depression. So doctors prescribe patients with pharmaceutical drugs.
In 2003, Allen Roses, the then vice-president of GlaxoSmithKline admitted that most of their drugs only work in 30-50% of patients. 15 years on and the pharmaceutical industry is no closer to providing cures despite the mounting costs of medication.
When I suffered from anxiety and depression I consulted several psychotherapists. I came off the drugs after a week because they made me feel weak, nauseous and more anxious than usual. The muscle exercises don’t do anything to cure anxiety either. At best, they are a coping mechanism in ‘the moment”.
Seriously, this is why people suffering from stress, anxiety and depression are not finding effective treatments through conventional medicine. They are not being offered any!
Don’t rely on conventional wisdom to find a cure for your lack of physical and mental well-being. Use ancient healing techniques. They are more effective, faster, less expensive, and don’t create other problems.