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1)  Americans are more depressed than ever, and getting more so: from 2011-2014, 13% of Americans 12 and older took an antidepressantup from 11% in 2005-2008 and 8% in 1999-2002.

(2) Many Americans don't respond to antidepressants, and there has been no new depression drug in 25+ years — the biggest treatment developmentis the "REDISCOVERY" of ketamine, a club drug/hallucinogen.

Why are we depressed?

Americans have less human interaction and sense of community, the greatest proven source of happiness and reassurance. 

Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/addiction-in-society/201709/answer-me-why-are-americans-so-depressed

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As a neurobiology student in college, I took psychedelics about 150 times for entertainment and to ostensibly find myself. This was in the Timothy Leary days.

Today, I consider, "Values," the single most important variable in avoiding depression and finding happiness. Shared values is even better with human interaction and a sense of community. When your values trump your feelings, the world is your oyster.

Values are important because they help form our, "Belief System."  Good values are what allow us to overcome adversity and corrupted thinking! Sadly, many people get their values from their feelings. They advocate anything that makes them feel better! It is best to not derive our values from our emotional feelings, but instead our thinking and reasoning and objectively analyzing what is important. Of course this is easier said than done, but when good values are more important than our feelings, there is no addictive behavior!

Simply stated, God wants us to think with the values of Jesus Christ and act with direct, "Christ Driven Behavior," (CDB) that honors God.


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"I am a Surrendered Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.

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With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

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Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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