Suicide rates are up. Mental Health professionals are saying Depression is at an all time high. Psychiatrists are having a field day.
What is that all about?
The most immediate answer is that Isolation can cause depression. But is that what is really going on? The answer may not be what you think…
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April 25, 2020
Podcast, Episode 2
Through the Mind, Isolation & Depression
Hello friends. Welcome to another insightful episode of Through the Mind Discovering Mental Health with me, your amateur host, Matson Breakey, where my goal is to help us all become more successful in life, by having a better understanding of our human minds, our human bodies and our human spirit.
Today I want to talk about Isolation and Depression. Obviously, that is a heavy topic right now because this recording is being done on April 22nd, 2020 because the Covid-19 “crisis”, we have been in social isolation for about six weeks, about a month and a half, pretty much suppressed by this concept of staying in place of sheltering in place for about six weeks.
Some of you are doing so as a being self-quarantined. My wife is an example with her immunocompromised situation. She is, she is immunocompromised so therefore she is decided to be self-quarantined.
By the way, let's clear up a couple of things - Isolation and quarantine are a couple different terms and I actually had to clear this up. I didn't quite understand it. My wife said she was self-quarantine and I had to keep telling her no, no, no, you're not quarantined. You don't actually have the sickness. Well that was my mistake. I had to go look up quarantine and of course it comes from the idea of quarter or 40 or 40. It comes from back when the plague happened and ships were coming in to Venice, Italy, they were made to stay out to sea for 40 days. Hence quarantine. Not because anybody was sick, but because the process of quarantine ensures that nobody is sick as they come in. So, that was a little definition, clarification for all of us in case we had any misunderstood on that, because I definitely did. Which is why I do this show quite selfishly, I'm trying to learn as well.
I'm doing this and I have the stack of stuff here and a Evernote app full of clippings because I'm trying to learn and as I learn and I share that with you, I'm hoping that you enjoy it enough to learn with me and to share with me as well.
So, my wife, because of her immunocompromised situation, her status, she has, I won't get into details, but she needs to be quarantined or she's self-quarantined. Not me! For me, I have a business that is deemed essential. Therefore, I have the opportunity and I'll call it an opportunity because it's better than being stuck at home all the time to go to work every day and help my customers and ensure that my employees can continue to do something and not be, again, isolated at home.
Why this episode? So, isolation, depression, because it is such a prevalent point with all this data coming out about people being stuck about this isolation leading to loneliness, loneliness, leading to depression. I wasn't quite sure if that truly is the reason why suicide rates are up or depression is up, and remember, if you listen to my first episode, I'm skeptic about everything that comes out from the media. I'm skeptic about everything comes out from government. I am skeptic about anything that comes out from the Mental Health Industry to explain a way, something,
So, let's take a chance to look into it. Let's dig a little bit deeper. What is isolation? So, let's define that. Let's figure out how they define isolation, how it's defined officially for Mental Health and for health purposes and for what we've been doing and then we'll go from there.
I did a little search on Wikipedia of isolation, you can do this too, and of course when I, when there's a word like isolation, Wikipedia gives you a little bit of an index and so I went through and I found three different definitions for isolation. First let's tackle the oldest definition of isolation that I could find. That is the psychological definition, according to Wikipedia, isolation as its offense mechanism in psychoanalytic theory first proposed by that Freud, Sigmund Freud, that fraud Sigmund Freud. I always loved that his name is one letter away from fraud, Sigmund Freud while related to repression, the concept distinguishes itself in several ways. It is characterized as a mental process involving the creation of a gap between an unpleasant or threatening cognition and other thoughts and feelings by minimizing associative connections with other thoughts that threatening cognition is remembered less often and it's less likely to affect self-esteem or self-concept.
So, isolation, that's more like saying, I am not going to, I am going to push away and take a thought or a process or something that occurred in my life and I'm going to repress it. Even though it says related repression, it distinguishes itself in several ways. It is characterized by a mental process involved, the creation of a gap. You are mentally creating a gap. You are mentally pushing yourself away. That's what they're trying to say. So, when you isolate, you can isolate a portion of your memories away. All right, fine.
Now let's look at the emotional isolation in Wikipedia. Emotional isolation is a state of isolation where one may have a well-functioning social network but still feel emotionally separated from others. Well, that is probably much more open today. I mean, gosh, we are so social network now with computers even today, as many of you are sitting at home, you have a computer in front of you, you have your Facebook. My wife commented though just tonight that Facebook is not fun anymore because it's no longer about what people are doing with their lives and no longer about the joy of taking your kids out or the joy of going for a bike ride. It's all about social isolation. It's all about Covid-19. It's all about memes about this means about that. So even then you have the social network, but you and I both know there are people out there and I'm sure you can spot somebody right now or think of somebody right now who has a vast social network but doesn't necessarily have any friends, doesn't necessarily have somebody they can call on, doesn't necessarily have somebody to confide in. Right? So, you can have a vast social network.
It comes down to the idea of friends versus acquaintances. I will admit I have a very wide-ranging group of acquaintances. People I know. I have a very, very close, little, small little group of good, good friends that I can confide in, but I do consider all my acquaintances to be friends. I do consider that big group out there to be friends because there are people that I will do something for and people that will do things for me, which is the definition of a friend, right? But you get so many people that have the social network that have all these different acquaintances, but don't really have somebody they can call upon to say, Hey, I need help. Or Hey, I want to run something by you or hey, I have an idea.
Now let's look at isolation according to healthcare, which is something we are pretty much dealing with that, right? When you think of social isolation, this is the healthcare definition in Healthcare Facilities - isolation represents one of several measures that can be taken to implement infection control. Oh, that's not quite what we expected! Was it? The prevention of contagious diseases from being spread a patient to other patients, Healthcare Workers and visitors, or from outsiders to a particular patient. Various forms of isolation exist and some of which contact procedures are modified. So, here's the deal, right now we're in social isolation. Now let's get into nuances. Earlier I said had to look up the definition of quarantine. This is interesting, when language is used, I would say against us, not for us, against us. Do you think we would have all stayed home if they had started calling it social quarantine? Do you think we all would have felt comfortable with social quarantine? I don't think so.
Social isolation, yes, but isolation's definition for healthcare is when you are sick, you are isolated. When you are not sick, you are quarantined to see if you're going to be sick. So pretty much by calling, the social isolation is saying, yep, alright, we're isolating y'all guys because we're expecting you to get sick. We're expecting you, expecting you to already be sick on, you remember the numbers they came out with, the scare that came across with these millions of potential deaths, social isolation, but it does sound a lot better than social quarantine, doesn't it? Definition of isolation. All right. When it comes down to is isolation is separating somebody out and putting them in a position where they are not going to effect someone else. Right? But let me give you another definition. Let me give you a little different take on isolation for me.
We are being isolated so that we will not cause problems. We are being isolated so that we will not have any issues against those who are trying to suppress us. Suppression is another word for isolation, in this case, suppression. What do I mean by suppression? Suppression is very simply when you are suppressed, you are a force against you for which you cannot fight back. Can we fight back against isolation? No, no, no. Cause if you were to fight back against it, if you were to say no, well then you're going to be classified as somebody who doesn't care about your community, doesn't care about your fellow man. Even though my company that I, my day job was open, we received emails. How can you be an essential business? You're not an essential business. You need to need to help us all flatten the curve.
Well how do you fight back against that? because if I tell the guy you're right, well that I should close my doors, but if I tell the guy, no, you're wrong, then I'm a bad person. So, this whole drama is being written out and played out in front of our eyes in order for us to not be able to fight back. But who's doing that? Who are the forces putting this suppression on our lines? So, here's the, here's the problem with suppression. If you can't fight back against suppression, you are in a dwindling spiral. If you can't fight back against oppression, you are in a dwindling spiral. What I mean by dwindling spiral, what do I mean by that? Just think about going down and down and down and down. Think about a time in your life. Think about a moment now I can, I can give my own examples, but a moment in your life where you were trying to accomplish something and every time you did it, you failed. It didn't come out right. It could have been as simple as trying to get your mom's attention or your dad's attention or being at a meeting and trying to get somebody's attention or being at a party and a bunch of people talking and you're trying to get someone's attention. It could be that girl you were trying to date and she kept saying no. It could be the job you were trying to do and you kept being told you were doing it wrong. It could be any number of things. It could be as simple as you're trying to hammer a nail and I guess wouldn't work. When you started the process of hammering that nail and you were enthusiastic about it. Yeah. All right, I'm going to fix this thing. Yeah, that's great. Done. Damn. Dammit. Darn that nail. I'll get another tool. Nah, I'm bad. It's still not working right. It's ah, now the board broke, ah, to the point where, Oh, you hear film or something and now you're angry. You throw the hammer across the room.
I've seen golfers like that. You get out there, hit that ball. Ch ah, Mitch. Ah, frustrated time and again, the goal not being achieved, not being able to achieve one to do and getting frustrated and going from enthusiasm down, down, down, emotionally to anger, apathy to depression, right down to where all of a sudden you're going, ah, the heck with this. I don't want to do this anymore. So, that’s what happens when suppression is on your lines, when you are trying to do the same thing, you'd keep him to try to do it. You're trying to make something happen, you're trying to do something and you can't. So, this whole thing of social isolation is basically said you can't do what you want to do. Be at home, play with your kids, but you can't go to the park. You know, you got to invent new ways. Some people are very successful at that, but you can even get to the point, like my wife recently told me, it feels like Groundhog Day. What she means by that - every day is the same. Now understand that, my wife is amazing with the kids and she absolutely loves to take them out. I have a three-year-old, a four-year-old and a 10-month-old. The three old and four-year-old, she makes sure they get to go out to the children's museum once a week. They go to the park every couple of days. They get out and do things. They go walk over at grandma's house. They do things almost every day and that was their routine and then we'll get to do any of that now. So, there's even a suppression on them, even though they don't quite get it.
Their isolation is suppressing their own ability. They manifest that suppression in different ways. Some of us will manifest that, but that suppression as depression, but what do we mean by depression? What is depression? We keep using that term. Let me give you the psychiatric definition of depression. It is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness and or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, it can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and get a reason person's ability to function at work or at home.
There's a lot of symptoms they have less to do, like feeling sad or having a depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, changes in appetite, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much. Loss of energy or increase in fatigue, increase in purposeless physical activity, things like hand ringing or slowed movements in speech, feeling worthless or guilty. Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions. Thoughts of death or suicide. Well, other than the suicide, I've pretty much had every one of those things at some point in my life, and maybe you have to, maybe you have that right now, but is that really a mental illness or it is just a description of how we feel, when we can't really do anything. Right? Like when we're low emotionally. So, what do I mean by that? If you imagine that emotions are on a scale and this can be proved, it's been proven before that motions exist in relative position to each other, right? Like if you are extremely happy, man, you are just at the top of the world, right? That phrase top of the world, but if you're a totally an apathy and oppress, you're in the bottom of the pits. Those phrases, bottom of the pits, top of the world aren't just descriptions of something that were drawn out of no place there. There's some validity there, because when you are in totally enthusiastic, you are at the top. All the hormones in your body are running at a great level. Everything is going good. You can see clearly, you're happy. You can think clearly. You're the best you can be, but when you're an apathy, when you're in, when you're depressed, you might say you're the worst you can be. Things are running slower. The mind isn't working properly. You forget things. You don't really want to do anything. You don't want to get out of bed. You don't want to go to sleep.
On an emotional level you are at the bottom of the barrel. So, what causes that? Let's go back to that dwindling spiral I talked about earlier. Alright, that dwindling spiral. When you want to do something and you're excited about it and you're at that top of that emotional like, "I am going to tackle that project". "I am going to get that new job". "I am going to go out and make myself better." I going to go back to school. I'm going to make sure that our, my wife and my marriage succeeds. I am going to make sure that I do things well, when you're, when you're doing that, you're enthusiastic, you're driven, and that every time you hit your head against the wall not able to do that, not able to succeed, suppression pushing you back, stopping you, stopping you, stopping you. You go down emotionally until you are sitting in this world of, "I can't do anything." "I don't want to do anything". "Life isn't worth it", and on an emotional level, depression is right above death. The concept of suicide is not unheard of when people are sitting at that deep of a true depression. Cause all it takes is one more push, one more push.
So, tying this back in depression to isolation to suppression. When we're sitting here and we're being told you can't go outside, you can't do the things you normally do. Now, even though I get to go out to work, I mentioned this in our first episode, there's many different ways isolation expresses itself, represents itself. For instance, I'm around people all day. I'm not isolated, but I can't shake anybody's hand. I can't give them a hug. I got to stand six feet away from them. I can't have more a couple of people in my office. I'm wearing a mask. Everybody else is wearing masks. I can't have customers walk in the front door. That may not be as bad as being quarantined, but to me it's still an isolation. To me it is still a suppression. I am still being suppressed. I still am being suppressed by being told what I can or can't do because this is all for the quote and quote good of the community. I didn't opt for that. You didn't opt for the situation you're in. You might be thinking but, but, but this is for the good for the community. This is for the good. Well this show is not going to be about the statistics of Covid-19. The statistics that are coming out, it's going to be for historians two or three years from now to figure out the truth about all of this and whether it was all worth it. That's not what this show is about, but in my mind, the way I see things, I'm being unnecessarily detained from living life. I am being suppressed. You may look at it a little bit differently and I appreciate that you do, but when you're in isolation or people you know are in isolation, isolation for some people is a step away from loneliness.
Found this interesting article, so, it talks about loneliness. So, what is loneliness? because isolation is just steps away from loneliness for many, many, many people. The term was first used at the end of the 16th century to define the condition of being solitary, quote and quote, the condition of being solitary, loneliness, and that's what isolation is basically, right? Heck, they could have called this social loneliness, but again, a term that we would not have found helpful, but who are the forces behind the suppression? Who are the forces causing loneliness? Who are the forces causing this isolation? Well, there's three main ones that I've found in my research and ones that I have had a very long history with. One is the media also known as the Merchants of Chaos. One is Opportunistic Politicians. In a former life, I was one. and Opportunistic Experts. If you watch the news, which God, I hope you don't, but if you watch the news, everybody's an expert.
When the fears first started, now I'm talking about media, politicians and experts. They created fear. They created fear. Let's be clear about it. They created the fear and the hysteria that we all see. Nobody else but the media, the politicians and the experts, created the fear that we all feel. The fear that kept us at home. The fear the made us willing to isolate ourselves, the fear that made us willing to be under their suppressive thumb. The fear that leads to somebody like when I was in the store the other day in the shopping market, this wonderful lady walking down the aisle, gloves on, dressed head to toe, full length sleeves, mask on, hat on, completely protecting herself. We were in a wide supermarket aisle. She was going down the center of the aisle. She stocked eight feet for me to wait till I was done before passing me. She got a pass me easily with four or five feet, but she's, but she is obviously so scared and so under the suppressive thumb that her own fears and anxieties were just building up and this is how she has to go out and get her food.
Even when all this stuff has said and done and here's the problem with all this stuff has said and done and the merchants of chaos find it okay to talk about how we're recovering she's still going to be scared. She still going to be sitting in that suppressive thumb, because there's not going to anybody to come to her and say it's okay. You can feel better now. It's okay, it's over. It's okay. It was never true or whatever you need to say. Again, personal beliefs, but these people, these opportunistic politicians, and you know what I'm talking about.
For many, I don't care what side of the aisle you're on. This is an opportunity to make a name for ourselves as the once in a lifetime opportunity, once in a lifetime chance, once in a lifetime thing, either to provide great leadership or seem like you are, or to be seen by the media to ensure your re-election, politicians main jobs get re-elected.
If you're in the house of representatives, no matter what side of the aisle you're on, your main job every two years is to get re-elected. That's what you have to do every two years you have to get re-elected. There's nothing else, so everything you do is about getting re-elected. Unless you're in leadership, and here's a little note, if he didn't know the people that are in leadership or the people that are insecure districts that will always get re-elected. Therefore, they have time to spend in leadership. If you're the governor of a state, you got to go with your voters and what your voters want. Well, the people that I like to do are the majority people of your own party. Therefore, you're pushing the agenda of your party, the agenda of those people that elect to you, that people that want you want to re-elect you. You're a politician. You're taking this as an opportunity. Merchants of chaos make their money off of our eyeballs. Our eyeballs are drawn to that, which is disastrous and negative. We're not drawn to stories about butterflies, we're not drawn to stories about flowers. We're not drawn to stories about how this little girl did a fantastic job and became a PHD or this little, we're not drawn to those stories. They're great. They're filler, but we're at a race or run an event and the car crashes. We all stand up to look when there's a crash on the side of the freeway, we all slow down to look. We are drawn to disaster. So, the media presents disaster. They present that constant barrage of story of negative T, a fear, that constant barrage of nothing you can do about it. You've got to go in, there's going to be millions of deaths. Oh, look at this poor person. I mean, there's several examples. Obviously the media just this last six weeks getting caught with their hands down their pants because they didn't figure out, or they didn't take the time to double check references or resources when they're putting somebody up or they're putting an image up, an image of hospitals overrun in New York and that image, well that was from Germany or some other place or France or Italy, a video of a girl crying because she was scared to death of having her, of, of catching Covid-19 at the hospital jobs she worked at, cause he wouldn't provide her masks. Well, it turns out she hadn't worked there for a year, but the media didn't take the time to check this because the media is being, again, merchants of chaos, merchants of destruction, providing us with the things we need to be scared, to be suppressed and the politicians, of course, they just are taking a measure or the experts popped up early on. I remember early on, it must have been February, somebody from the FDA came out and said there's going to be half a million deaths. Well first off, the FDA has got a lot of problems. A lot of questionable ethics over there. That's time for maybe some other shows some other time, but why is he getting out in the media putting him on the stage? Who the hell is he? I want to hear from the experts. I want to hear from the CDC who quite frankly is one of the few unmolested organizations in this country. One of the few organizations that doesn't have a taint over them. One of the few government agencies that hasn't had a scandal that I know of.
That was some guy from the FDA making that proclamation, but he got his time. He got his 15 minutes of fame, probably got him a better job, probably got him on the resume, probably got a lot of attaboys from his social group. What the flip side of that is, he scared a lot of people. He suppressed a lot of people with that fear. That's oppression, leads to depression, suppression leads to depression.
So, you know the show is not always, the show is just not about the crap for lack of better words. The show is also about what we can do about it. We better understand what is being said around us. We better understand what we're looking at in our lives. We better understand what might be happening to us. Well, what can we do about it? So, what I did was I went out and did research on that. Like what do people say now. I'm going to use two things.
I just mentioned the CDC here. I found a great article from the CDC and I found a great article from NAMI. NAMI is the national, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Okay. So, a group that I'll admit I don't have a lot of love for, but the national Alliance on Mental Illness and the CDC, both of which National Alliance about the wellness, how to protect your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. That's their article, how to protect your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak available on their website.
Then there is the CDC, Coronavirus Disease 2019, stress and coping. That's their article. So, something I found here that I thought was very interesting and it was a under number two. Take reasonable precautions, but don't go overboard. Use only reliable sources of information such as the CDC or John Hopkins University informing me to make a plan for your health habits, as hard as is important not to give into compulsive behaviours.
So, they're saying you'll keep yourself informed of the CDC and can't keep yourself…. So why is it important? Why is it important to keep yourself informed via the CDC website or John Hopkins University? Those are both obviously the main sources. Anybody who's going to find out how many people that died. Johns Hopkins University, beautiful graphic, beautiful covid-19 graphic showing all the cases, red and black, very impactful. All the cases around the world. number of deaths. You can scroll down to your own little States and then your County and find out if the data is there, how many people have died and the CDC, straight up numbers, four o'clock every day numbers are updated and you have a straightforward, X number have died of X number of cases we've had.
John Hopkins is getting a lot more hits, but I'll tell you why. It's because of the frigging website. It is so impactful, like you get addicted to it. I got to see that again. Oh my God. The red circle around my town is huge. Fear, scare, fear, scare, isolation, depression, but then there's a CDC, which of course probably has not gotten as many people looking at it because who goes to the CDC about how to handle their mental health? Take care of yourself in your community. Take breaks from watching reading or listening to news stories.
Oh my gosh.
What do you know? Ways to cope with stress. Take breaks from watching reading or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Amen. CDC. Amen. You don't need to, you don't need to be listening to it all the time. You don't need to really know what's going on. You don't need to have the constant influx of 10,000 people have died. What's the latest - United States of America has the most deaths in the world. Well, we also have one of the biggest populations, right, and for a generally freedom, loving country freedom loving people. We've been pretty darn good, but you don't need that. You don't need that.
Check out the CDC. I'll put a link in our show notes that you can find it ThroughtheMind.com link to these articles, I mean, I just thought the CDC article was great.
Healthcare providers can and do help connect people with family and loved ones to help lower distress and feelings of social isolation, but older adults and people with disabilities not as common for people to feel distressed or in crisis. Have a procedure and referrals ready for anyone to show severe distress or express the desire to hurt him or herself. By the way, I do also like that distress is a term being used here by the CDC and not some psychological terms, some psychiatric terms, some known mental health terms right out of DSM5, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual Number Five with its thousands of disorders.
What communities do to long-term care facilities should be vigilant for people coming out of quarantine. Most of the reactions to coming out of quarantine may include mixed emotions, relief, fear, and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones. Stress and experience of monitoring yourself are being monitored. Sadness, anger, frustration, because friends, loved ones have unfounded fears. Guilt about not being able to perform normal work, other emotional, mental health changes. So yeah, so you're basically, you've been suppressed and you're going to have mixed emotions when you come out. It's going to happen, guys. It's going to happen, and your awareness may be higher than others. You may come out thinking, Oh, we're good to go and you're going to be concerned because still as you're operating, you're going to reach out to shake somebody's hand. Like I'm going to, I know, I know it'll happen. I'll reach out and shake somebody's hand and they'll hold back. They'll do an elbow bump. Right? So even a fist bump anymore. Now it's the elbow bump, elbow bump. I'm going to reach out to give somebody a hug and he's going to walk me cause I'm a hugger now. Oh yeah, yeah. Sorry. Sorry man. Sorry. Yeah, I don't mean to do that.
So, what can you do? Alright, so let's get down to it. Down to brass tacks. We're about getting things done. We're about doing, we're about fixing, we're about helping. So, CDC had some great advice there. First step:
I'm reading a book right now by Steven Levy about Facebook and trust me, all of that is designed to do exactly what I just said. It's designed to keep you in. It's designed to suck you in. It's designed to pull you in more. Every feature ever developed was about growth. Every feature of developed was about capturing your ideal eyeballs for longer and longer and longer and longer. So, I have this app, it blocks in the newsfeed. The only time I will see you as a friend is if I go to you as a friend. So, step away from Facebook, step away from this If you're feeling depressed at all, shut off the news. You don't need to watch the news. You don't need to know what's going on because trust me, if the world's going to end, there's gonna be a knock at your door or somebody is going to call you. You don't need to know every day what the news is saying, what the governor is saying, what the people are saying in your town. There's other ways you can find out without having the merchants of chaos tell you. There's other ways you could find out.
You don't need the politicians telling you and suppressing you and suppression leads to depression. When it comes down to it, when you are less threatened by your environment, you will start doing better. So, get away from those threats, and even if it means not taking the phone call from old aunt Betty because she is just scared to death and she's telling you, what do you mean? Well, why did you go for a walk? He can't go for a walk with the kids or somebody else passing on false information, right? False information, false information leads to fear. When you're fearful and you can't do anything about it, you're suppressed and when you're suppressed for a long enough, at least the depression, apathy, death, desire for.
Alright, so isolation, depression, as we end this show, which I hope we've all learned a little, something about isolation, about depression, about suppression as we in the show, as we will do with all shows in the future, there's going to be an exercise you didn't know that, did you. There's going to be an exercise. So I am going to assign an exercise to all of us, including myself and the next week when I come on our next episode, I will talk immediately about the results of my episode and in fact, one of the things I'm trying to do, I'm trying to start keeping a diary. I'm trying to start keeping a journal. I'm trying to start keeping a journal, daily thoughts. There's a great book, the Five-Minute Journal forces you every day to answer some questions, I haven't quite figured out if that's my solution or what works best for me, but I'm trying to, and if I can do that, then I could share those thoughts with you, but next week I will talk about the results of this week's assignment and since we've been talking about media and the media and the merchants of chaos, putting forward all this negativity and what they're allowing the politicians to channel into and what they're allowing the experts to channel and to create this fear and this isolation as depression.
I'm asking you to do one thing just for the next week for the next seven days till our next episode. Turn off the media. Don't watch the news. Don't read the newspaper. Don't look at your social media feeds. If you want to go see what your friends are doing, fine, but shut off at least, at least, at least shut off anything that feeds you news, don't go to Yahoo's homepage where they have all these new articles post there. Don't go to your favorite blog with news articles. Don't go to the Huffington post. Don't go to any of the other daily feeds, Blaze, or any others that just are trying to get clickbait, clickbait, clickbait comes from fear. Get somebody scared of, Oh! It says, I gotta know. I gotta know.
Oh, suppression equals depression. So that's the assignment. Turn off the news for one week, just one week, and see how you feel. One week starting now. Next week I'll talk about what I've done and I hope we all get something out of this.
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