Anxiety is characterized by fear, whether real or imagined, that builds to a crescendo. The problem arises when a person cannot turn off the fear once the cause is realized and/or settled. This constant nagging apprehension can lead to depression because of its chronic nature. Negative thinking patterns, usually innate in human physiology as a safety mechanism to forestall danger, nonetheless are accented and re-enforced by constant negative family influences. These patterns could then become entrenched in one’s personality.
“I Can’t”, “It Can’t Be Done”, “I Can’t Do Anything Right”, Lead to Depression and Anxiety
These terms are learned and re-enforced as reactions to life occurances to avoid risk taking rather than to try to overcome obstacles. For instance, some children when attempting to learn to ride a bike will state that they cannot do it. If the instructor lacks patience and states that the child is a quitter and the child walks away, then, of course the child will never learn. If this pattern is also repeated by family members, it re-enforces the negative behavior. It has been shown that just as chemicals are released in the brain for positive feelings, they can be released for negative feelings as well. Some people can get a “rush” from being negative.
Every event encountered or any problem addressed can become the natural domain of negativism. Life is all about challenges and finding ways of either overcoming, making provisions for if unable to overcome, and/or learning to accept and abide with the situations when all else is tried to face them. Negative thinking people, on the other hand, tend to unconsciously enjoy the feeling of being “helpless” in such situations. They wallow in misery lamenting “gloom and doom” rather than finding viable solutions. Anxiety followed by depression begins when the negative thoughts run rampant and negative learning patterns cannot find a way out from under the “dark clouds”.
A Negative Thinking Personality is not Created Overnight
It takes years for a person to become a “vitimized” negative thinker. That’s right, they think of themselves as victims, they were carefully taught. The negative person will go out into the positive thinking, competitive society and wonder why no one is like him or her. The person will then return home to hear that “those people out there” are “selfish” and “shallow” and do not care about others’ feelings, which is entirely false, they just do not wallow in “enjoyable” self pity.
Once this negative thinking, anxious, depressed person, becomes fully dysfunctional like the rest of his or her family, the family will then disavow that they made the person that way, taking no responsibility, which is their “byline”, in order to avoid criticism from others who are “onto them”. It’s a vicious cycle repeated by millions of dysfunctional people everywhere on earth. It’s their pass-time and enjoyment. It’s hell for those who really, innately, are not like that. They were made like that, by their dysfunctional families. It takes realization and individual effort to pull oneself out of this conundrum.
Anxiety and Depression Become Generational Negative Thinking and Dysfunction
Studies have been conducted on the ages old question of whether it is “nature” or “nurture” that makes the individual person the way he or she is. It has been proven that negative thinking and dysfuntion leading to anxiety and depression tend to run in families, creating the vicious circle of mental and emotional illnesses that run amok in our society today. Genes also do play a role when a chemical imbalance in the brain is of consequence.
So, what is the solution to this dilemma, if any? Fortunately, there are many outlets offered to those affected by negative thinking and dysfunction today. One can look up the local mental health association in their city, county, or state to seek help with depression and anxiety. Ultimately, however, it is up to the individual to unlearn negative thinking and to learn positive “self talk”. Dealing with the end results of anxiety and depression can be handled through anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drug therapy combined with psycho and/or group therapies. “It can be done”.
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