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Releasing trapped emotions

Anxiety disorders affect 40 million U.S. adults ages 18 and older, sccording to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Here are some of Dr. Bradley 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 those symptoms.
  • Labeling illness 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 medication is stopped.
  • 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 may go undiagnosed for years, leading to chronic forms of mental illness.

Mental illness often affects people who are highly sensitive and empathic. People can free themselves of a major underlying cause of anxiety and other forms of mental illness by learning to release trapped emotions, Dr. Nelson says. Instructions are available free at

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