Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI and the rest of the country are raising awareness of mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.
Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults (18% of the U.S. population). Almost half of all people diagnosed with depression also suffer from anxiety. Both are linked to unresolved negative emotions, says Dr. Nelson, a pioneer in holistic health with 30 years experience. He coined the phrase “trapped emotions” for these damaging hidden feelings.
Here are some of Dr. Nelson’s insights into emotional causes of mental illness and why they often go undiagnosed:
- Conventional medicine diagnoses mental illness by looking at a collection of symptoms and determining which named disease matches that collection of symptoms.
- Labeling illness in this way overlooks underlying emotional issues and their relationship to other health problems.
- More than one in 10 Americans takes medication to treat depression and anxiety, yet researchers worry these drugs are overprescribed and may have long-term drawbacks that outweigh their benefits.
- Antidepressants and other drugs prescribed for mental illness may reduce or suppress symptoms but do not address emotional causes. Symptoms typically reoccur when people stop taking medications.
- Mental, physical, and emotional illness are interrelated and can be traced to imbalances, including nutritional deficiencies, toxins from processed foods and other sources, and unresolved negative emotions from traumatic and difficult experiences.
- These imbalances can go undiagnosed for years, leading to chronic forms of mental illness. “If mental illness activates at a certain age it is because there are other factors that come into play at that time to activate those preexisting imbalances.”
- Mental illness often affects people who are highly sensitive and empathic. “They often become overwhelmed by imbalance because they feel it more readily and more deeply than other people do.”
People can free themselves of a major underlying cause of anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias, and other forms of mental illness by learning to release trapped emotions, Dr. Nelson says. Instructions are available for free at www.EmotionCodeGift.com
“When a person becomes relatively free of imbalance, their body, mind, and spirit enter a balanced state and the body is able to heal itself,” he says. “The mind is calm and the person is generally happy and peaceful and able to experience emotions like joy.”