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"Just as hunger results primarily from a lack of sufficient food intake, depression results primarily from a lack of productive pathways for investment and stems from a failure to get “psychological nourishment” from the environment.

To conclude, the BSM argues when we see a depressive state we must, first and foremost, look to understand how the individual is adapting to the environment they are in given their past experiences, and how they are processing their feelings to understand why the shutdown might be happening. In short, depression “screams psychology” far louder than it screams biology. "

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/theory-knowledge/201704/what-dr-robert-sapolsky-gets-wrong-about-depression


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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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Depression is, first and foremost, a state of psychological shutdown.
Depression like any other hurt, habit or hangup, can stem from an emotional state. Even depression can be a way to attempt to regain control over an emotional state.
When confronted with intolerable, overwhelming helplessness, feeling trapped, powerless and out of control,  sometimes it is easier to be depressed. Being and acting depressed is actually a way of regaining control of the trauma and adversity that makes one feel intolerably helpless and overwhelmed!  This makes no sense on the surface but the depressed person is emotionally taking control of their circumstances by feeling depressed. They are out of control in their mind and doing something about it. It becomes a vicious cycle.
This is exactly what an alcoholic does when he gets drunk. It makes sense to the alcoholic. The quick fix or mood changer of alcohol is used to regain control of their circumstances, albeit with a displaced behavior and not a health direct behavior. They keep getting drunk because It serves an emotional purpose. The alcoholic drinks to regain control of how they feel emotionally. So it is with the depressed individual. Like the alcoholic, they often just don't know the depths of their behavioral shutdown.

The antidote is not always easy, or obvious,  but part of that antidote does involve finding a healthy behavior (or set of behaviors)  that will enable one to regain control of their emotional state and reverse it. This involves changing ones thinking first in order to change one's behavior.  Where attention goes, neuro-firing flows and neuroconnections grow. "Grow close to God and He will grow close to you." James 4:8

Recognize the key emotional moment or circumstance, Reframe and understand the feelings  of helplessness-powerless-out of control, Replace or regain control of the feeling with new empowering behavior.


Change your thinking and change your life.

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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 .

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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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