Where it comes from?
According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015, every three in 10 adults aged 16 years and above have some sort of mental problems.
In Malaysia, the prevalence of mental health problems among adults increased from 10.7 per cent in 1996 to 11.2 per cent in 2006, to 29.2 per cent in 2015.
Furthermore, mental illness is expected to be the second biggest health problem affecting Malaysians after heart disease by 2020. Depression is a common psychological disorder, affecting some 121 million people worldwide.
by Kate Lim
Depression has become a common medical illness in our modern world; it is worrying when this issue has become common even in teenagers. What has gone wrong in our society? Where depression stems from? Could it be genetic? Or are there other factors that lead to it?
Depression may be genetic but since the discovery of EPIGENETICS, even if you have the gene of depression; it is NOT likely that you will get it; unless you are producing the chemical that ‘turn on’ the depressed genes.
Epigenetic is so awesome! It is a new type of science that is growing in popularity. This discovery allows us to re-gain our power to our physical and mental health. According to Bruce Lipton, epigenetic is the study of cellular and physiological traits, or the external and environmental factors, that turn our genes on and off, and in turn, define how our cells actually read those genes. It works to see the true potential of the human mind, and the cells in our body.
Through the study of epigenetic, they found that only less than 1% of flawed genes lead to diseases (i.e. mental and physical illness); but the signal from the brain can cause up to more than 90% of disease in our body.
What does this mean? It means that the thoughts we create can alter the chemical in our brain and this in turn could affect how our cells “read-out” those genes. Put in plain words, how we think is translated into chemistry and this will determine what we become through the turning on and off of genes.
So if you think that depression is genetic, think again! Perhaps it was our thoughts that lead to it? The definition of depression suggested that depression causes one to feel sad and lose interest in things they once enjoyed. So where do this sad feelings come from? Isn’t it from our mind, the thoughts that we create? For example, if you THINK that you have an interview tomorrow, how would you feel? Nervous and anxious perhaps? If you THINK that you are going for a holiday tomorrow, how would you feel? Happy and excited? Thoughts create feelings; so if one can master his thoughts, he can master his feelings.
Here are a few examples of thinking patterns that could affect our feelings:
TO SUM IT UP
If you can become aware of your thinking pattern, you could make some changes to it and change how you feel. But if you are not aware, then the thoughts pattern stays the same and this could lead to all kinds of negative feelings to rise. That’s because the thoughts that we create in our brain can either enhance the happy chemistry to help us feel better; or impede them and make us feel lousy and depressed. It is important to change your thoughts, focus to yourself, focus to what you WANT (NOT the opposite) and see how your feelings change for the better.
When you start to feel better, you don’t just prevent yourself from developing depression, you prevent yourself from developing other diseases too because according to Epigenetic, 90% or more of our diseases are create by the changed in chemistry in the brain as compared to flawed genes. In short, you are the master of your genes; you are the key person to decide whether the bad genes should be turned on or off! In other words, depression can be prevented if you use your brain wisely.