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Exploring the Medicalization of Emotions

... and its role in the current public health crisis
Post published by Carol Bowman, M.D. and Scott Dehorty, MSW, LCSW-C on Jan 30, 2015 in Chronic Pain 360             

Have you ever felt angry or lost hope because you believe that living a “normal” life is just not in the cards for you? Many people who are trying to live with chronic pain have experienced such feelings. Many of them have been conditioned to believe that only a pill can alleviate their chronic pain and they feel defeated when the pills stop working or never really worked at all.

How did they get to that point? We’ve become a society with a tendency to take a pill to feel “normal.” In the process, we’ve redefined what “normal” means.

Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/chronic-pain-360/201501/exploring-the-medicalization-emotions


Modern behavioral science teaches us that true addiction (versus simple physical dependence) is neither more nor less than an emotional solution to manage feelings of intolerable helplessness. When people feel utterly trapped they have to do something, and if they feel they can't act directly to get out of that trap, then they have to do something else. The "something else" is, therefore, a substitute action (technically called a "displacement"). 

When people repetitively perform a displaced action to try to manage overwhelming helplessness, we call this driven, compulsive behavior an addiction.  This is exactly what chemical abusers do. They take the quick fix or mood changer of drugs and alcohol to escape the trap of helplessness.

But there is always something people can do at these moments that is more direct (even if it is not perfect).

People find that when they take direct healthy action, their addictive urge almost always vanishes. This sounds like magic, but it makes sense: having acted more directly, they no longer need the substitute behavior. This direct healthy action could be simply facing your helpless circumstance, talking to a person or channeling your actions in a less destructive manner. Yes, exercise, reading a book or doing something fun (besides drugs) can change the mood and regain control. This is where Christ Driven Behavior can be the direct healthy behavior. Always ask, does my behavior honor God? When we decide that the values and principles espoused by Jesus Christ are motivating and purposeful, we can act directly with them and change our behavior and our lives.


"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.


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.


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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