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Depression is a complex condition with a number of different possible causes.

Person A may have depression primarily rooted in problematic serotonin levels. Person B may have depression caused by hormone imbalances. And there are different causes for Persons C – Z.

Doctors and researchers have come a very long way towards identifying, understanding and treating depression in recent years but the truth of the matter is that we still aren’t entirely sure of all causes and therefore don’t have one-off cures that can help everyone. Instead, depression varies from person to person and so the cures and treatments must vary as well.

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Can depression and anxiety be an emotional response to feeling helpless, trapped, powerless and out of control with respect to specific issues in life? Is it possible that a depressed individual actually likes being depressed because it helps them escape the trap of wondering why they are depressed? This is how an alcoholic thinks. They don't understand why they drink but they drink anyway, because at least in the short term they feel better. Could a depressed person escape the trap of feeling helpless by becoming depressed? At least depression makes some sense when one is not happy with circumstances considered overwhelming. Then, "Shame," kicks in and they keep drinking or in the case of depression, the shame feeds the depression in positive feedback system. (shame-depression-shame). Bitter irony mixed with cognitive dissonance. How does one escape the trap of depression? One way is to empower oneself with high value behaviors or tasks that is simple enough to complete and appreciate.

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"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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