Did you know that approximately 6 million American adults suffer from anxiety, that’s roughly 18% of all adults in our country, and additionally, according to www.mercola.com, “Each year, 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled, making them one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States?
Despite all of these prescriptions, more than one in 20 Americans are depressed, according to the most recent stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those depressed American’s, 80 percent say they have some level of functional impairment, and 27 percent say their condition makes it extremely difficult to do everyday tasks like work, activities or daily living and getting along with others.”
Why? Stress. We live in a stressed out, non-relational, quick fix world.
The Outcome? We become oxytocin deficient. Oxytocin is the anti-stress hormone. Without this calming hormone to dampen the stress pouring from our overwhelmed amygdalas, we become conditioned for anxiety and depression.
The answer? We need more oxytocin and less stress. We need relationship. We need contact and connection with others. In short, our world needs healing! We have lost our way. In our push, push, hyper-connected, instantaneous world we have lost the meaning of relationship, self-awareness, love, and understanding.
What we’ve also lost is the impact of stress on our body-mind systems. Stress which is prolonged, uninterrupted, or overwhelming becomes trauma. Stress and trauma suppress the oxytocin system. A suppressed oxytocin system can lead to prolonged anxiety and depression. But guess what? None of the the anti-anxiety and anti-depression meds are even addressing this issue. None of them speak to suppressed oxytocin.
If you are one of the many adults in America that suffer from anxiety and depression I want to encourage you to not give up. There is hope. Begin by getting really honest with the stressors currently in your life. Do a thorough assessment how what’s bringing you joy and what’s bringing you pain. Then clean house! You can’t live a life completely absent of stress or pain, but you can have a lot more joy and a lot less pain than you are currently experiencing.
Pay close attention to your past history and how many of those experiences continue to show up in your life today. Were you abused? Have you now found yourself in an abusive relationship? It’s a unconscious replay. You are re-acting what you have already experienced. You can change it, you really can. Are you a parent feeling helpless with your child, causing you to feel anxious or depressed? Have you ever considered how much your child’s behavior reminds of you of a time before when you felt helpless, at risk, or out of control? It happens more times than you may realize.
Whatever your situation may be you can take charge of it. In truth, it is only a different choice. It feels like a hard choice because it is based in so many ingrained negative and stressful patterns, but still yet it is only a choice. One you can make. Make a different choice today. Instead of worrying in this moment, close your eyes and take ten deep breaths. Feel the ease. Don’t stop here though, now put on your favorite song and think about a person that you love. Now you are making a choice if only for a moment. You have much more power than you think. Now say, “I feel love love love”. Say it again. It’s a choice, but remember you have become conditioned for the anxiety or depression so it’s not going to last. You don’t change negative conditioning in a single moment. It’s a process. However, that feeling of calm and ease…that’s oxytocin.
If you are one the parents I mentioned today then watch this video:
You will be amazed.
Perhaps you are a Therapist or a Professional Coach working with people who suffer from anxiety and depression and you want to learn a more powerful, more effective way to help them have breakthroughs. If so you might want to watch this video:
A Final Word for OC: Don’t forget any supplement or drug can never replace the healing power of love and relationship. Many of you have tried various prescriptions and supplements before. There is no quick and easy fix. Healing is a process and a journey. Embark on it with the curiosity of a child. Need more all natural guidance and suggestions? Attend one of the upcoming POST Attachment Parenting Camps or read From Fear to Love, just visit www.postinstitute.com.
As it relates to the various oxytocin supplements on the market, it is important to know that even if it has been used since 1906, the off label use of oxytocin is still experimental, and by medical standards, its safety has not yet been established. That doesn’t mean that it might not ultimately be proven as safe. It means that the best available medical evidence does not yet establish safety. All medications, drugs, supplements come with side effects so make sure you stay informed and always consult your physician. A list of side effects that may occur with oxytocin can be found here: http://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/oxytocin/side-effects
I am a paid consultant to ABC Nutriceuticals who make an oxytocin nasal spray called www.oxytocinfactor.com I feel very confident about this supplement. However, don’t use anything as a replacement but rather only as a support during those times when all of the other things we’ve learned together just don’t seem to help. For a limited time you can try Oxytocin Factor FREE for 30 days!
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Remember to Breathe…it releases oxytocin!
Bryan Post, Managing Editor