In the wake of the recent tragic shooting in Aurora, I feel compelled to write a bit about craziness in the world. It has been released, as it has been with all the shootings in my short-term memory, that the shooter was on prescription mind-altering medications. This incident is not about gun control laws, politics, religion, violent movies, video games or bad parenting. This is about mental health. It’s not about access to mental health services, the need for free or reduced fee medications or any of that – it’s about keeping your head on straight. This is the only way I know of to keep yourself right side up in an upside down world.
Depression and anxiety are not caused by brain chemical imbalances. No literature supports this theory. Multiple recent studies have shown that antidepressants are no better and, in most cases, worse than placebo. Depression and anxiety are a response to stressors in the environment that the nervous system cannot process effectively. The body goes into a protected/guarded state and begins to withdraw. This creates fear. Depression is fear of the past and anxiety is fear of the future.
Chiropractic care helps “get your head on straight”. By removing interference from the nervous system and making it more adaptable to stress, the nervous system learns to process things more effectively and efficiently and the body can find it’s way out of the protected/guarded state and express it’s full potential.