The Great Debate about Depression:

The Spectrum of Belief Systems about Depression

Article #3 of 5

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The Great Debate about Depression:

The Spectrum of Belief Systems about Depression

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As you may have seen in the first two articles in this Article Series- The Great Debate about depression is alive and well.

 

At this point in the existence of humanity, the answers to these three questions fuel a debate that is full of a wide variety of perspectives, philosophies, theories, mindsets, and belief systems; and related recommendations, guidance, opinions, skills, strategies, techniques, and experiences.

 

What is depression?

What causes depression?

What is the best way to overcome depression?

 

These are called the “The Three Core Questions” in the series of articles ConqerMyDepressionToday.com has prepared regarding The Great Debate about depression. Each one of these Three Core Questions are debated, and combined they fuel The Great Debate on depression overall.

 

It seems as if The Great Debate and these sub-debates have been occurring since at least the second millennium B.C. One can only hope that someone and/or some organization can stumble upon the best research methods to find the best way to eliminate the problem of depression completely.

 

We humans have only been working at it for 4,000 years or so (maybe much longer?). Give it time.

 

While We Wait

While we wait for society and the human race to (finally!) figure this out and come to an agreement, let’s see if we can put something in your hands that starts benefiting you today.

 

This article will focus on Question #2: “What causes depression?” and Question #3: “What is the best way to overcome depression?”.

 

These two questions are excellent to consider these together for two reasons.

 

The first reason is that these two questions logically go hand in hand. That is because the method you choose to overcome a problem (question #3) is heavily dependent on what you think the source and cause of the problem is (question #2).

 

You wouldn’t recommend a root canal for someone with a broken arm.

 

The second reason is that reviewing these two questions together can introduce you to the spectrum of belief systems about depression (or “The Spectrum” for short).

 

Depression itself can be quite cumbersome.

 

Researching the topic of depression can be just as bad, and can even make your experience with depression worse from time to time.

 

The Fact is that the depression industry is loaded and layered with a ton of inaccurate and misleading information, and the most common jargon used to describe depression can be illogical, dangerous, and disempowering.

 

Once you start realizing these things and start getting exposed to the quality of the content that exists about depression, you also realize how complex and confusing (and frustrating and overwhelming and irritating, etc.) the topic of depression can be.

 

Complexity, confusion, overwhelm, etc. are the exact opposite of what people need when they’re experiencing depression.

 

That is why The Spectrum is so helpful. It really simplifies and clarifies a lot of the information that is out there about depression. Most importantly, understanding this Spectrum will help you with the most important debate about depression that exists- the debate that goes on in your own head.

 

A Quick Reminder

 

Before we get to The Spectrum of belief systems, I want to quickly remind you that, yes, the two questions of, “What causes depression?” and “What is the best way to overcome depression?” are both debated.

 

The source and cause of these debates is also the same source for the cause of the debate on “What is depression?”.

 

As is discussed in that article, the cause of the debate about “What is depression?” (and, in a way, The Great Debate overall) are these two questions:

 

Why do we humans behave and act and do what we do?

What causes us humans to behave and act and do what we do?

 

I reference these as “The Two Big Questions” throughout the articles on “The Great Debate” about depression. I also elaborate why it is beneficial and best to use this sentence structure for these questions in the, “What is Depression?” article too.

 

Here is the reason why The Two Big Questions affect and influence any questions about depression:

 

As I am sure you can imagine, there are countless theories and belief systems about why we humans behave, act and do the things we do, and what causes these things.

 

And when a wide variety of theories and belief systems exist, that very quickly creates a debate, right?

 

It is also true that when humans are experiencing what is commonly called depression, there are a certain set of behaviors and actions and things that human beings do (thoughts, feelings, sayings, etc.) that occur.

 

Therefore, seeing as there is a debate about human behavior, our actions, and the things we do; the behaviors, actions, and “doings” of depression are also debated too.

The Spectrum

How it will be explained.

Jump on the opportunity

To explain what the spectrum looks like, I am going to take advantage of an opportunity to share a tool that has helped me immensely in my life. This is a “tool” is a concept I learned about after I completed my pretty-extensive time in psychotherapy. For me, personally; learning, embracing, and celebrating this concept really took my enjoyment of life to a whole new level.

 

Fully embracing this concept can save everyone a ton of time, money, and energy in their journey to conquer depression once and for all.

 

This concept is what I call “Master Fact #1”.

 

This concept, its related Master Skill #1, and all of the countless benefits they can have in your life are discussed in great detail the ConquerMyDepressionToday.com’s eBook on how to conquer depression.

 

Some more information on this eBook is available at the end of this section.

 

For the purposes of discussing this article, I will simply share Master Fact #1 below. This Master Fact will be used to introduce The Spectrum of belief systems in the Great Debate about Depression.

 

Master Fact #1:

“Master Fact #1” is this:

 

The things you focus on directly affect the things you value and believe, which also directly affects the things you say, think, feel, and do.

 

I could really go on and on about Master Fact #1, the implications of it, and all of its nuances, benefits, etc. For now, I will simply just share it with you.

 

However, I must clarify that, yes, it is an undeniable, irrefutable, 100% True, 2 + 2 = 4, “F-A-C-T”.

 

In fact, throughout this article and very frequently in this site, I will use (and have been using) a capital “F” and the word “Fact” whenever I want to indicate something is an undeniable, irrefutable, etc. “Fact”. I know this is bold to do. I think society as a whole needs to get more comfortable with someone calmly being firm for the sake of finding the Truth. Society also could use a little less sensitivity to political correctness in my opinion too.

 

For those of you that are wondering, yes, your values and beliefs definitely affect what you focus on. So, yes, there is a “chicken-and-egg scenario” that exits within this Master Fact. That scenario is beyond the scope of this post. Just know that this Master Fact is sequenced this way for a reason (hint: it is the best to start with what you focus on vs. values and beliefs because it is easier to change and if you focus on something persistently and enthusiastically enough it will change your values and beliefs).

 

If you want all the details about this Master Fact, its related Master Skill, and how these things can help you conquer depression completely, please download your free copy of the eBook below.

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The Spectrum

What it looks (and sounds) like

 

Okay. Let’s get to The Spectrum.

 

The information below provides a description that represents the two extremes of opposing belief systems in the Great Debate about Depression.

 

Please remember that these represent “the extremes”. When analyzing a spectrum of belief systems and/or “both sides of the story”, it helps to understand the most diehard, “most extreme” sides and then work your way in from there.

 

The description of the spectrum is separated into two teams: Team A and Team B.

 

Many of you may quickly catch on to the age-old debate that these two extremes also represent.

 

On One Extreme: Team A

The things you focus on…

 

On one extreme end of the spectrum, some people focus on the Fact (yes, Fact!) that the scientific method has worked for a lot of other problems for human beings. They focus on the Fact that all humans have a brain, and the Fact that the brain is a physical organ.  They also focus on the Fact that scientific method has worked for a wide variety of problems with other organs already. That method involves focusing on the physical and tangible attributes of human beings.

 

…affect the things you value and believe to be true…

 

Thus, the things that are of upmost importance to this extreme side of the spectrum and the things they value the most and 100% above all other things are genetics, DNA, biochemistry, brain circuitry, neurons, neurotransmitters, hormones, etc. They also believe it to be true that these things are 100% capable of explaining the cause of depression.

 

…which affects the things you say, think, feel, and do…

 

Team A’s stance on “What is the cause of depression?”

The most extreme people on Team A go on to think and say and feel strongly that “The cause of depression, absolutely must be from our genetics and/or biochemistry! That is a *fact*! Look at all of the other things that ‘science’ has solved. Physical science can explain everything, including the cause of depression! There can be no other possible explanation for the cause of depression other than the physical and tangible things that science has proven matters the most!”

 

What they do after that is they direct their focus on neurotransmitter testing, brain activity imaging and other scans, and a whole host of other science-driven, physical and tangible focused research, analysis, computations, ponderings, belief systems, etc.

 

Team A’s recommendation for, “What is the best way to overcome depression?”

Given what Team A believes is the cause of depression, as you can imagine, people on this side of the spectrum believe and recommend solely using some sort of physical, tangible method to overcome depression. This could be through medication and/or medical devices. Those at the furthest end of the extreme of this side of the spectrum wholeheartedly believe physical and tangible methods are the best ways to treat and overcome depression.

 

 

The Opposite Extreme: Team B

The things you focus on…

 

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, some people focus on the Fact (yes, Fact!) that any human that experiences growing up and being raised in a crack house or very rough part of town is going to have a MUCH, much different frame of reference on life than another human who experiences growing up and being raised in the house of a billionaire.

 

Similarly, they focus on the Fact that humans that grow up in an abusive and traumatic household will have a much different frame of reference than those that grow up in a household full of warmth, nurturance, kindness, compassion, and understanding.

 

They focus on the Fact that, in the first few years of life, 700 new neural connections are formed every second; effectively making children highly absorbent of everything they experience. They also focus on the Fact that newborn babies know absolutely nothing about the world around them and are truly pure and innocent, and in many ways a clean slate when they first enter the world.

 

They also focus on the Fact that thoughts, feelings, and emotions and everything we humans perceive to occur in “the mind” are intangible and nonphysical, and that consciousness and conscious awareness are both intangible and nonphysical too.

 

…affect the things you value and believe to be true…

People on this side of the spectrum value analyzing and understanding many intangible and non-physical things. Things such as the environment and atmosphere each human experiences when they grow up. They value analyzing and understanding varying degrees of warmth, nurturance, kindness, compassion, and understanding that each human is exposed to growing up, and how they can affect human beings in the short term and longer term over all.

 

They value things like “emotional intelligence” and comparing different life experiences of each human being. They value analyzing and understanding the conscious mind vs. subconscious mind vs. unconscious mind. They value things like beliefs, values, and memories, etc.

 

…which affects the things you say, think, feel, and do…

 

Team B’s stance on “What is the cause of depression?”

They go on to think and say and feel strongly that, “Our life experiences have a huge impact on our lives. Yes, we are born with certain genes, but that is only a small portion of the story. The experiences we are exposed to must be the cause of depression!

 

The *fact* is that science has no chance in ever replicating the intricacies of each human experience, and the *fact* is that physical-focused science will never be able to replicate the incredibly complex non-physical, intangible thing called “consciousness” and “conscious awareness” and “the mind”. The cause of depression is the way we were nurtured and brought up! Reverse the effects of that and you’ll reverse depression!”

 

Team B’s recommendation for, “What is the best way to overcome depression?”

Not surprisingly, Team B is all for intangible, non-physical methods for treating depression. They recommend solely talk-therapy (aka: psychotherapy, therapy, and counseling) and other experiences, etc. to overcome depression. Visualization exercises, understanding the cognitive map, group talk together, seminars, books, etc. They believe depression can be solved in ways that do not involve physical substances or devices.

Key Takeaways

There are some key things to realize from The Spectrum of belief systems described above.

 

First, remember that this is a spectrum. That means that some people are 100% at one extreme, some are at the 100% opposite, while some are in between.

 

In addition to this, is helpful to realize that, when you analyze both sides, in many ways this Debate is about the physical vs. non-physical and the tangible vs. the intangible.

 

That is a dynamic that isn’t often talked about when these Debates are discussed, including most of the things available about nature vs. nurture.

 

What also adds another wrinkle to these Debates is when metaphysicists, spiritual gurus, energy works and the like enter the mix. My bet is they like to think these Debates are more of a three-point spectrum. They’d also contend that considering the metaphysical adds a whole other dimension to these debates.

 

The Fact is the two-point spectrum is all you need to understand in order to conquer depression. If you want to add a third-point, I’ll let you decide if you want to go down that rabbit hole or not.

 

Both sides have Facts and *facts*

Another intriguing thing is that both sides of The Spectrum have some strong Facts supporting their side of the Debate.

 

Yes, it is 100% accurate that science has solved a lot of diseases.

 

Yes, it is 100% True that the brain is an organ.

 

Yes, it is also 100% True that the environment you grow up in has a huge impact on your life.

 

And, yes, it is 100% True that your values and beliefs have a huge impact on your life.

 

Both sides and both belief systems can make an intriguing case with the Facts they focus on (and therefore value the most and therefore talk about and emphasize the most).  This is no different than a debate about sports, stocks, fashion, beauty, etc. Chances are that every debate has 100% True, undeniable, irrefutable Facts on both sides of the debate.

 

The Fact that Facts exists on both sides of the Great Debate adds a layer of complexity and confusion to this Debate.

 

*facts*

And, of course, both sides of The Spectrum have what I indicated as *facts*.

 

*facts* represent something that someone believes to be true that all of society does not believe to be true. Often times people claim their *facts* are Facts, and claim these *facts* are 100% true.

 

Sometimes these *facts* cited by professionals may indeed be 100% True and are indeed Facts. However, like many debates, sometimes  the *facts* they emphasize are not True, and therefore not a Fact and the farthest possible thing from the Truth.

 

Sometimes the person claiming a *fact* as Fact that actually isn’t 100% True is a genuinely good person, with a truly pure heart. It just depends.

 

Some of these are *facts* ill-intended, blatant, but well-disguised lies.

 

Needless to say, which *facts* are True and which facts are not adds yet another layer of complexity confusion to the Great Debate as well.

 

Facts + *facts* = Lots of Complexity

Again, this journey of understanding depression can be complex, confusing, frustrating, and draining.

 

In many ways, the journey of conquering depression is a Fact-finding mission. There is a LOT of dangerous and misleading and inaccurate information along this journey. There are Facts and *facts* on both extremes of the spectrum and both sides of the Great Debate.

 

Clearly researching the topic of depression can be complex and confusing.

 

So what do you do?

 

The Greatest Debate?

Remember The Two Big Questions?

 

Why do we humans behave and act and do what we do?

What causes us humans to behave and act and do what we do?

 

By now, maybe you recognize the Fact that the Great Debate about Depression is actually a sub-debate of the age-old debate “Nature vs. Nurture”. Team A represents “nature” while Team B represents “nurture”.

 

When it comes to enjoying life and experiencing deep satisfaction and happiness, maybe nature vs. nurture debate is The Greatest Debate of all?

 

Hopefully now you can see how charged up these Debates can be, and exactly why there is a really wide range (IE: spectrum) of belief systems in the Great Debate about Depression.

 

The Three Core Questions: What is depression? What causes depression? What is the best way to overcome depression? are all affected by the Debate about nature vs. nurture too. Hopefully you also can see how the debate about nature vs. nurture is intertwined into these three sub-debates as well.

 

Again, the most important debate about depression is the debate going on in your own head.

 

This is the debate that matters the most to you.

 

Maybe you are wondering:

 

Was I born this way, and that is why I am experiencing depression?

Or, did certain things happen to me, and that is why I am experiencing depression?

 

That is the main reason why this article was written. I know from personal and professional experience that:

Your personal beliefs on the topic of nature vs. nurture have a HUGE impact on your ability to conquer depression completely.

This article was written to get you to realize the significance of your beliefs about the topic of nature vs. nurture.

 

If you want to conquer your depression completely, it is absolutely essential that you get clear on your stance on these two topics, and embrace where you personally lie in “The Spectrum” of answers to these two questions.

 

Even more important and essential than that is that:

 

You absolutely must find the Truth about depression. This means you absolutely must get all of the Facts about depression too.

 

This also means that in your devotion to the Truth, it is absolutely essential that you determine which *facts* are Facts, and which *facts* are not.

 

To assist you with this Fact-finding process, please read articles 4 and 5 in this Article Series.

 

If you made it this far, please believe me when I say that these two are a MUST read. There is some information in these two articles that is not known by everyone in society today that can start benefiting you immediately.

 

These articles also contain the Facts that both sides of the Debate should agree on. Finding a common ground between these two sides can help you, personally, achieve greater clarity.

 

And, most importantly, they also contain the most important Fact of all in the entire Great Debate about depression.

 

This Fact is incredibly powerful as it affects everything you do in your life

 

That means you also need to be aware of the incredibly powerful and most important Fact of all. Learn how to capture the power of this Fact and it will Completely Transform your life.

 

You can learn all about these things and much, much more in the next two articles available below.

 

Enjoy Article #4 to the Great Debate about Depression.

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