Dr. Gibson’s Infobits – Depression and Happiness #4
These short but very important portions of information will provide you with crucial understanding of the Molecules of Happiness.
Another very fascinating infobit is the reality that you become addicted to your own brain chemicals. Yes, addiction to depression is not only possible but likely and common. The process in the brain and body is the same as most addictions. Even if you hate depression, the chemical reactions that cause depressed emotions will keep happening on autopilot unless you do something to interrupt and change the balance in the brain and body.
As we discussed in the last infobit (Depression and Happiness #3) the cells get used to the chemical environment that you give them. After they specialize and adapt to this new environment, they become addicted to it. So whether those chemicals are artificial from a drug or produced by the brain, the addiction can happen and be every bit as real and strong.
You’ve likely witnessed the outcome of emotional chemical addition already. Does an angry person need a reason to be angry? Does a worrier need a reason to worry? It happens automatically regardless of how good others think the situation is. In fact, when individuals try to act or feel differently than their emotional addiction, they will invariably act out their usual pattern. Almost like a primal urge that can’t be contained the addiction will show itself.
When your cells are denied their “drug”, they will send signals to the brain to release the chemical they are addicted to. Immediately the subconscious goes into action seeking thought patterns that will supply the desired drug fix. For example, the angry person’s subconscious might suggest, “the last time you argued with the mother-in-law, that really ticked us off—let’s try that again.” Whatever it is that will trigger that emotion, the brain will figure it out!
It takes time and specific protocols to make sure the brain and body are being conditioned and able to produce more of the happy chemicals.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from depression or you just want more happiness, please read these infobits and they will provide some valuable knowledge.