How Anxiety if Left Untreated Can Lead to Depression
Work and research based on observations in clinical therapy by the psychologist Joe Griffin, revealed a link between long term anxiety and depression as a result of an interruption in sleep patterns and excessive dreaming.
Do you dream a lot at night?
Do you wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed?
Is excessive worrying affecting your quality of life?
Anxiety causes people to worry and excessive worrying causes the brain to have to resolve these ‘unanswered questions’ during our sleep via our dreams. Dreams are the brains way of house cleaning, working through the unresolved issues of the previous day and symbolically discharging the associated feelings via our dreams. Dreams are the brains way of dusting out the previous days business to start the next day with a clean slate.
A very common human behavior is for people to push their troubles, gripes, difficulties to one side and not address them. The long term affect of this over years is to create a back log of unprocessed issues that sit on our mental shelves in our minds, slowly building up and gradually affecting our well being. Generalised anxiety, bad moods, anger and other moods can be as a direct result of ‘old baggage’ gathered over years and left unprocessed.
As anxious people worry a great deal, they constantly create work for the dreaming brain to do. Whan the brain is dreaming it is not resting. Burning off high levels of energy during extended dreaming periods during the night means that the body does not rest, leaving one feeling jaded and unrested the following day.
If this process of anxious worry goes on unaddressed, and lack of sleep persists, gradually the battery dwindles and a low energy state is arrived at. This is depression. The body is not replenishing itself at night through rest and recouperation. High stress can therefore be seen as a direct cause of eventual depression.
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