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Fighting Severe Depression: Can Laughter Work Better Than Drugs?

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We are spirtual beings inhabiting a temporary biochemical physical structure, one that operates according to chemical changes based on changes in the energy surrounding the body and the energy generated from within. Depression is more than a mood swing, it is a biochemical reaction in the brain, which produces electrical impulses that send messages to every part of the body.  Depression can be deadly, when biochemical reactions in the brain cause electrical impulses that trigger thoughts of self destruction. Suicide is often the consequence of depression, which is why some medications warn of side effects such as thoughts of suicide. Depression is not something you can talk yoursef out of. Ignoring it won't make it go away. People who are depression prone often use drugs to alter the brain's chemistry. Some may use prescription drugs and some may purchase illegal drugs on the street corner. Nevertheless, drug addiction can result when the brain becomes dependent upon outside help to combat depression. And yet, there is a natural way to alter the brain's chemisty and fight depression, which doesn't cost a thing: Laughter. How do we induce a state of joy to create laughter and change our brain's chemistry? Understanding how it works may help us make some choices about who we allow to influence our moods and how we can learn to control our thoughts. Dr. Kenneth Nave, author of "A Season Of Afflictions" helps us understand the intricate workings of the brain, and how we can protect ourselves against deadly depression that can prompt us to kill ourselves or others.

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