Physician Dr. Joseph Mercola has recently published an article which discussed the academic research surrounding factors that lead to anxiety and depression. A common belief regarding anxiety and depression was that it was caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, which antidepressant drugs are designed to correct. The brains of depressed patients were believed to have lower serotonin levels, and antidepressant drugs were designed to increase uptake of serotonin within these individuals. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which plays a role in transmitting signals to the brain in regards to mood, memory, sleep, appetite and many other social functions. Accredited studies dating back as far as 1983 have proven that the brains of depressed patients don't differ in serotonin levels compared to the rest of the general population.
Recent studies have shown that the The Biggest Cause of Anxiety and Depression Is Traumatic Life Events, followed to a lesser extent by family history of mental illness, income and education levels, relationship status and other social factors. This is key, as it means that you are not powerless against depression and anxiety. Rather, it's possible to modify the way you think about traumatic life events in order to minimize their impact on your mental health.
One of the most widely used and most successful techniques used in battling anxiety and depression is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a form of psychological acupressure based on the same energy pressure points used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles.
Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to transfer kinetic energy onto specific meridians on your head and chest while you think about your specific problem (whether it is a traumatic event, pain, anxiety) and voice positive affirmations. This combination of tapping the energy points and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the the emotional block from your body's system, restoring your mind and body's balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical and mental disease. Positive affirmations include statements such as "I love and approve of myself", "I am good enough", "I breathe in calmness and breathe out nervousness". Positive affirmations can be creative, repeat affirmations that are meaningful to you!