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Stress and Anxiety

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Chris Holland

Associate Director of HopeLives365 and World Evangelist for Adventist World Radio



  • April 25, 2015
    11:30 AM
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I'm it has stood the test of time. God's Book the Bible is still relevant in today's complex world when it is written. Sharing messages of hope around the world. I'm I'm I'm thank you so much for watching. It is written This is the third part in a series that we've been doing on mental health on depression specifically depression the way out you know depression touches almost every family in the world but it's often not talked about because it brings shame and embarrassment. But what we've been finding is that there's nothing to be ashamed about there's nothing to be embarrassed about. There is a way out of depression and it affects so many people and with some simple steps we can find that way out of our commitment and it is written is to bring a message of hope and wholeness. And I am so glad to have in studio with me today Dr Neil medley who's been helping us bring that message of hope and wholeness and the fact that there is a way out of depression. Dr Ned Lee thank you so much for joining us. Thank you Chris it's great to be here. You know Dr Ned Lee is a physician of twenty seven years. He is an internal medicine doctor and he has specialized in mental health and diagnosing the difficult patient. He's also the president of Wiemar institute an institute that helps people. Experience health and wholeness through a lifestyle program that addresses general lifestyle issues and also a residential depression recovery program. Dr Natalie you have brought a great deal of expertise through our first two programs and to our viewer who has missed any of those programs they can go to our You Tube channel You Tube dot com forward slash I.W. Canada and you can watch the first two of these programs. But Dr Natalie one of the things we've been talking about is the causes of depression and generalized causes. And just as a point of review can you review those ten causes for depression. You know we call them categories of causes but genetics developmental lifestyle circadian rhythm addiction nutrition toxic social medical and frontal lobe causes. And of those ten categories of causes how many of them can be addressed without the use of medication. Well normally eight seven to eight of them can and as can be reversed through lifestyle measures most often very good. And in our last show so I'd encourage our viewers to go to that show in our last show we covered four of those ways in which you can buy some simple lifestyle changes you can experience relief from depression. Right now one of the areas we weren't able to address is areas of the frontal lobe right. OK now first tell me what is the frontal lobe. What is the frontal lobe do the frontal lobe is the seat of spirituality more reality and the will it's our decision making portion of our brain and our brain is designed to actually have this be the control center of our brain but with depression. Then we will see the frontal lobe go down. Also with anxiety in will see the limbic system where the a MacDill as that's where all our emotions are stored up be in overdrive and so the brain becomes imbalanced from that and in order to balance it out we need to enhance the frontal lobe function and circulation. OK so we can talk about a lot of issues that affect the frontal lobe and for example addictions alcohol drugs both legal and illegal drugs. Right. Impede the use of the frontal lobe we're not going to spend a lot of time talking about that right now but there's one issue that I want to address a little bit and you know I've talked about this before. Entertainment Yes Can entertainment affect the frontal lobe. It can actually one of the advantages of your viewer right now is that they're not watching the rapid scene of reference Entertainment Television which suppresses the frontal lobe of the brain and it turns out the average entertainment television program changes its scene of reference every three seconds. And after you watch it for ninety seconds two at most three minutes we'll see in the IGI the frontal lobe become dormant and go down. And it's actually addictive. And that's why it can have a profound adverse effect on human behavior. And of course there's been a lot of studies showing Entertainment Television whenever it's introduced to the community murder rates are going to double rape rates are going to double. You know morality does go down as a result. But when you're watching television that doesn't have that rapid scene of reference change it can be very educational and you can still get an enhanced frontal lobe. So just simply changing our form of entertainment. Can actually have a powerful effect in getting the frontal lobe to revive again. OK So just to review that for a moment to make sure we caught that. The average entertainment television is changing scenes every three seconds. Now let's just get into the the physiology of that. What's happening when that frame of reference is switching every three seconds. What's actually you said our frontal lobe lowers what's actually happening when our frontal lobe lowers all because of that rapid scene of reference change the frontal lobe being the analytical portion of the brain can't keep up with all of those scene of reference changes. And so it gives up essentially and it actually enters somewhat of a hypnotic trance or you're an alpha wave rhythm at this point. So your memory is working you are actually able to have your emotions work you can laugh and cry with the scenes but you're no longer critically analyzing what's coming in and so hideous things can happen that you would be diametrically opposed to. But in this tranche you'll actually laugh and not be really opposed to it per se. Wow And so and so one stat. A frame of reference changes happen our frontal lobe is lowered then we're then we're bombarded with commercials here and we talked about this in a previous in a previous show and now our analytical mind cannot judge between what is a want and a need. Exactly and is that kind of the path to how entertainment itself can actually lead to depression. That's right. What other forms of entertainment are going to have an effect on a frontal lobe and begin to lower that frontal lobe. Well music you know heavy metal music for instance where the rhythm is very prominent and it's syncopated actually will cause the same type of phenomena where after ninety seconds to three minutes of this the frontal lobe will start to go down. Things that are too stimulating for us. You know Alvin Toffler talks about constant stimulation of the senses shutting down the analytical processes and so the ironic thing you know video games for instance a lot of these violent fast moving video games will actually suppress the frontal lobe of the brain and produce definite changes in emotions in human behavior that are adverse and so by some simple changes we talked about simple changes in the previous show getting some exercise changing the way we eat. Adding some things to our diet and various things that are just very simple. So you're speaking now to someone who's depressed by simply changing what I watch and what I listen to. I will see tangible results in my feeling depressed. Absolutely. That is incredible. Yes So by just changing and committing yourself to watching more programs like it is written Canada That's right. It's going to change our process and actually instead of lowering our frontal lobe. We actually see an increase in frontal lobe because we're educating and the mind is able to analyze and through our mind being more analytical If I'm understanding correctly by our mind being more adult analytical we are able to differentiate between reality and fiction much more much more profoundly and it helps us not to have these feelings of depression where I've seen something in a non-reality but I wanted to be my reality. Yes You know ironically Chris we're living in an era today where there's more fun things to do than ever before in human history. Yes But yet we have more depression than ever before in human history. Many of these fun things that can kind of grip us and actually make us think that we're entering a higher. Our phase of existence in reality shut down the frontal lobe of the brain and the is this is one of the reasons why depression has become an epidemic you know the surgeon general is talking about the epidemic of depression in our society and you know the chance he used to be a one in four chance that a female will suffer from one in eight chance a man will suffer from it they're now doubling those risks now with the epidemic of depression and anxiety going off the charts and a lot of it has to do with these entertainment devices that are so readily available to humankind not they're not recognizing what this is actually doing an imbalance in the brain. Wow So we talk about the brain we're talking about entertainment. A lot of this has to do with thinking. You recently well in recently being relative you wrote a book called The Lost Art of Thinking. And in that book you talk about how people have lost. Even the ability to think rightly. How can people begin to think better as they're making these changes. Watching entertainment or listening to things that are educational that improve the frontal lobe rather than decrease the frontal lobe. How can someone actually think better. Well first of all they need to analyze their thoughts not just go into this repetitive robot type of thinking but actually as they are thinking analyze what they're thinking why they're thinking that way and look for distortions in their thoughts. That's what we train people on our book The Lost Art of Thinking to do we talk about the ten different ways that human beings including myself can actually think distorted thoughts and the amazing thing is is that it's our thoughts that cause our emotions and behavior. And in reality that's six. Writing news because thoughts are something that we can change once our frontal lobe is enhanced so that we can analyze our thoughts we can then recognize distortions in those thoughts and then we can reconstruct those thoughts into what's true an accurate and irrational thought is going to be a true thought that's not polarized it's going to be a thought that helps us to achieve our goals. And it's going to be a thought that actually helps us to feel the way we want to feel and with those three things in place it is dramatic what happens the frontal lobe goes up. Our mood improves. If we're anxious we're now calm and if we're depressed we're now actually feeling peaceful and happy. Just as a result of changing the thoughts. So we talk about this issue of changing thoughts changing how we think. But you know each of us each of us live in a world that are filled with outside influences and one of the things that we as a society deal with is stress when we talk about that for a moment. You know what is stress. Well stress is actually our response to stress or. OK You know so a lot of times when people talk about stress they're actually talking about what's coming at them from the outside. And of course it could be heat it could be cold it could be pollution it could be deadlines it could be finances. You know there is even good stresses you might be planning for a wedding that can be stress or and so all of these things are outside influences but our stress is actually our response to those stress orders and of course the idea is we can have stress without distress. And that goal and that actually our next show is entitled exactly that stress without distress. And so we're going to talk about how to. Deal with those stressors and how to deal with stress. Now there's also this word anxiety and often stress and anxiety are used interchangeably or as synonyms. But what is anxiety and how are anxiety and stress different. Well anxiety is when you actually start to think more doom and gloom about the future. Anxiety actually is fear about the future and it often manifests itself in physical ways. Rapid heart beat you know shallow breathing yes gastrointestinal problems headaches you know tingling of the extremities and so there's actually seventeen different systems in the body that can represent physical manifestations of simply anxiety. Often you do have sleeplessness with anxiety as well anxious people don't go to sleep as well. And so there is associated symptoms with the anxiety and that's when we know that stress is not being dealt with in healthy ways. OK. So anxiety is produced by stress sores which our reaction is easy and we feel stress when we are when our stressors are coming our way and then because we're not able to deal with it and think through how to deal with it in a healthy way then that produces anxiety. Correct. OK Now how do those then play into this subject that we've been talking about depression. Well depression anxiety go hand in hand. OK. Fact most people with depression have anxiety and most people with anxiety have depression. Now you can have simply one or the other but it's not as common they often go together. OK so. Anxiety and depression usually come packaged together. So as we talk about this and again this is a hopeful thing. Yeah. Because as we were talking about this I don't want to oversimplify someone's life but if I can learn to deal with stress sores in a little bit different way it will lower my stress lower my anxiety and lower the possibility that I'm in a depressed state. Exactly. So let's talk about stress or what are some stressors in life. Well categories of stressors Yeah there's a there's a good stress and there's bad stress OK as far as the stressors are concerned and the bad stressors are the things that we can't really do anything about except to passively and do are OK and that doesn't really fit for most individuals a lot of people are just faced with stressors that they actually can do something about they have a deadline coming up in a week here or you know in a few days that's a stressor that you can do something about. OK You know they have a relationship issue that's something you can do something about and so many of these stress or is that we think are impeding us actually can even help us once we learn the appropriate coping mechanisms and actually become a more successful person. OK So when we have stress whether that be good stress or bad stress. Or stress or say and I'm getting these terms mixed up. What happens to our body physiologically in that response to stress. Well there's the fight or flight response. OK And that's when your heart races and you're ready for action and your digestive organs decrease and circulation those are physical manifestations of stress. And they're there to help us either fight or flee a situation. However most of the stressors that we have today are not that way we might have those physical symptoms but we don't need to fight or flee we actually need to cope. OK So we need. So when you talk about coping that's learning how to think. Yeah and learning how to deal with whatever that stress or is. That's right and that's when we get to the stage of resistance you know the first stage is more of the acute stage and then as we think appropriately as we can then actually resist it and that's a healthy thing your Our immune system actually goes up when we're in the resistant stage of dealing with stress orders. OK Well there is so sore immunity goes up so that's a good thing as we resist stress. Now is there a difference between ongoing stress or sudden stress. Yes the sudden stress would be you know like a tiger coming into this room right. Yes that would produce a a flea mentality rather quickly. Yes that's right. And I'm sure even some of these camera people might feel uncomfortable with that. Yes. And so that's that's there for a good reason. But you know an ongoing stress is one that you know we might have a relationship issue in a marriage and that's going to be ongoing until that situation is solved. OK And so a sudden stress is likely something that we. Well we certainly can learn to cope with it as he said is if a lion or a tiger came running into this room. We don't have a lot of time to get educated on what to do other than to simply get on our feet and run and just hope that we're not the slowest in the group running OK. But in an ongoing stress this is where we need to learn how to cope this is where we need to learn how to resist that stress of war and and do something about it. Correct. Now physically speaking we talked about what happens physically when you're having stress and it can be very debilitating. Different diseases can be caused. My stress and stress can lead to anxiety disorders. Now what are some anxiety disorders that stress can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. OK obsessive compulsive disorder panic disorder or panic attacks. And then there's phobias you know social phobias and Garofoli. Which is you know a fear of being in social situations. These are all anxiety type of disorders and then there's generalized anxiety disorder as well. So there's a number of different ones obsessive compulsive disorder. OK Another anxiety disorder and these are all things that can be helpful actually in regards to how we think improving our brain chemistry by are owed by certain lifestyle measures. OK now we don't have a lot of time left but. Once I recognize that I have a problem. Our next show is going to be stress without distress. We're going to talk about how to deal with this in very practical steps but for our viewer that's watching right now saying OK I have to wait seven days to learn more. What is one practical step or a few practical steps that someone can take today to help deal with stress and to cope with stress or stressors in their life actually getting their body physically healthy so exercise program good Diana more plant based diet actually helps with anxiety can help us think more accurate thoughts and then another practical solution is that when we are faced with problems the stress orders to actually not make it two problems one is the practical problem of the stress or and it's only a practical problem if it impairs our ability to achieve our goals. But if it impairs our ability of our goals give up the emotional reaction to that. One In other words have the mindset where I'm going to have this practical problem whether I'm miserable about it or not so I might as well give up the misery that helps us to feel calmer and it also helps us to be in a position to do something more about that challenge. And so we just simply give that up. And on this show we've talked about that we can give it up by giving it over to Jesus that's here and praying about it. And it's hard to believe that we're out of time but I think let's go ahead and pray about that and hopefully help that person who's experiencing stress and anxiety in their life today. Let's pray. Heavenly father we are grateful that we can leave these things in your hand and you have promised us peace and rest. That is our desire and so today we give over those stressors. We give over the misery of those stressors and we give it into your hands and want to find that peace and that joy in our life. We pray this in Jesus' name amen. Hi everyone and you've heard me talking about salads often and how we should make them robust and put the kinds of wonderful ingredients into his talents but I found I dress things and that not of people like salad dressings but do you know what the conventional ones are full of fast they're full of salt and chemicals. It's really easy to make your own. And today I've got a wonderful recipe for an Italian herb dressing so easy so delicious so good for you. Let me just do it really quickly for you in this wonderful Biden explains or let me tell you why I like the vitamin X. It's a high speed line. And it's going to really make your salad dressings they think creamy is going to give you creamy soups anything you put in here I think can handle it so we want to start off today with a quarter cup of water and then we're going to add some lemon juice that's going to give it and I thought Henny twist. OK We've got some Italian seasoning here and we've got some onion powder that's going to give it a nice pungency garlic garlic is always good. I love garlic you can put one or two cloves in there however much you like to put it all in there. We've got powdered mustard just a little bit how did mustard to just give it a depth that's what that will do a little bit of salts to bring it all together. We're going to put I've got two tables. All of oil and two tablespoons of flax oil in here. Well you really want to be judicious and you've heard me say this before we want to be judicious when we're using oils because they're not natural. Our bodies don't need them but the good thing about the flax oil is copy Omega is happening and our bond is to need those Omegas So that's the nice thing about using flax oil. Now to a little bit of a sweetener I'm putting in some honey here but you could use you know if you wanted to use a golfer you could use a little bit of a god of a maple syrup you could use but that would really change the flavor of it to a very strong maple so the honey is just going to give it a really nice hit of sweetness. But it's not going to really change the flavor too much I'm just putting in just a little bit as you saw here. So what we want to do now is just put the top back on. One thing you could do you kind of kept the oils till three and and then as the blender was going just stream it in but I just put it all together just in the interest of time it's really really matter but it's a nice way to go to add the oils at the end. OK Vida makes is really strong. I'm going to put on going to put it on a little bit at a time and then I'm going to kick the horses they are so cold that I am getting there all done and you know what because I'm taking this off the smells really nice in here so you see how lovely it is with the herbs the garlic is just infusing it with a gorgeous gorgeous smell and I've got this lovely salad just waiting in the wings. Here I've got some season's pumpkin seeds that made in advance and in a sprinkle those on these are just so fantastic to add to your salads and nice hit of seasoning and pumping I think are really good for you. Gentlemen good site so give that a shot. Here we go with the lovely surest thing. It kind of looks like a ranch a couple things kind of coloring the fall beautiful beautiful when you are wanting falut cheffing make your own it's much better for you it's all good for you next time. Dear Friend It is our desire and it is written that you are finding hope and wholeness through watching this program and I hope you're seeing that there is a way out of depression. Today I'd like to offer you an introductory D.V.D. session that Dr medley has recorded. Here's the information you need to receive. Today's offer to request today's offer. Just log onto W.W.W. dot it is written canada dot ca. If you prefer you may call toll free at one eight eight eight call I.W. or if you wish you may write to us it is written. Box twenty ten. Ottawa Ontario L one eight seventy four. Dr in everything. Thank you so much for being with us this week. It's great being here friend Hope and wholeness there is a way out of depression. Thank you for joining us this week. I invite you to join us again next week. Until then remember it is a red eyed man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.


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