posted on Jan, 20 2010 @ 04:02 PM
Negative bad feelings may be categorised as fear, self-pity, resentment and dishonesty. Everyone has bad feelings but some have more than others.
One can simplify/demedicalise depression as excessive self-pity and anxiety as excessive fear.
It seems that bad feelings are associated with changes in nerve cell structure.
The dendritic spines (leaves) on nerve cell dendrites (trees) are reduced in density - rather similar to the reduction of leaves on a tree in the
winter. Denser spines/leaves equate with a reduction in bad feelings.
What makes dendritic spines grow - i.e. returning spine/leaf density to the "summer - and reducing excessive fear/self-pity?
Alcohol in moderation.
Caffeine in moderation.
Nicotine in moderation.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Talking i.e. cognitive behavioural therapy.
Prozac (an anti-depressant) increases dendritic spine density.
Clozapine (an anti-psychotic) increases dendritic spine density.
Estrogen i.e. for pre-menstrual/post-partum/menopausal self-pity/fear.
n.b. illicit drugs also increase dendritic spine density:
Narcotics in moderation.
Cocaine in moderation.
Amphetamine in moderation.
Check out the "tree-model" of psychiatric disease.
It seems to complement the older chemical model.