Why do we suffer from anxiety, anger, and depression?

Vic Shayne
ILLUMINATION-Curated
5 min readJun 16, 2024

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Vic Shayne
author
13 Pillars of Enlightenment: How to realize your true nature and end suffering

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Here’s a little caveat before we get started: It would be disingenuous to suggest that it’s easy to get rid of depression and anxiety, especially the chronic, clinical type. Some researchers suggest that chronic depression, for example, is due to an issue with neurotransmitters in the brain. I challenge that from my personal experience. That said, this article is looking at emotions from the way our sense of self adversely affects our lives and how difficult it is to figure out why. As someone who was diagnosed with a lifetime of clinical depression, and then was able to get over it, I realize what kind of difficulty it causes in our lives.

We wend through this world acting and thinking as a bundle of thoughts — thoughts that we have picked up along the way to create a sense of a “me,” which is an image. The way this image responds to actions, words, and thoughts determines our reactions. We could even say that we are psychologically programmed to be insulted, angered, depressed, and anxious.

Getting offended seems to be a national pastime these days. No doubt, some of this offense is perpetrated by people who are malicious, careless, lacking in compassion…

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Vic Shayne
ILLUMINATION-Curated

NY Times bestselling author writing about reality beyond thought, consciousness, and the self to uncover what is fundamental. https://shorturl.at/mrAS6