What are the Root Causes

of Anxiety and Depression?

The 5 Dimensions of Brain Health and Mental Health - Dr. Christine Sauer 

Why are people depressed? And why can't we just snap out of it? What really is the root cause of depression and anxiety?

These are questions I hear all the time. I understand, because I asked myself the same questions years ago, when I was still sick myself.

Here is a bit about what I learned in the years past...

When I used not only my training as a physician, a naturopath, and many more certifications and courses and doing much research, but then integrated it with my own life experience and that of my many patients and clients, I found that we often see health, and especially mental health, just from one dimension.

Physicians, e.g. Psychiatrists, tend to give medications in an aim to influence mainly the physical dimension

Psychologists, e.g. therapists, psychotherapists, counselors etc, try to influence the mental dimension

Clergy, Energy Healers, Spiritual Counselors etc. work mostly in the spiritual dimension

Social Workers, Family and Friends, Community Activities, Governments and many others attempt to influence our social dimension and well-being

Employment Counselors, Business Organizations, Employers, Business Coaches, Financial analysts, investment counselors, and many others try to help in the financial dimension.

We at DocChristine Coaching help around all these areas, by providing targeted strategies for each when it comes to recovery from chronic depression and anxiety.

Mental Health and Brain Health

I was fortunate to learn from one of the best, Dr. Daniel Amen MD, who wrote the blockbuster book, a multiple New York Times  bestseller: "Change Your Brain, Change your Life" - and has done groundbreaking research on brain imaging related to behaviour. this research has led to the development of truly amazing and life-changing educational courses (check them out here)

Mental Health = Brain Health

We need to consider the physical functioning of the brain - and all 5 dimensions of mental health influence the brain structure and function - to be able to successfully eliminate most or all root causes of depression and other brain and mental illness.

The overall functioning of your brain determines the quality of your decisions and these in turn determine your success in life and work.

Most of us are not aware,  that every moment, by everything you do, you are changing your brain – and changing your life – for the better or the worse...?

Neuroplasticity does not mean some abstract, complicated or weird process, but it means that your brain adapts to all you do and changes itself constantly.

So Here Is The Good News:

You Are In Control Of Your Brain And Your Life

If you eat a donut, your brain changes. If you choose a salad, your brain changes again.

Your choices in all areas determine the trajectory of your life – for the better or the worse.

Only if we address and solve issues in all 5 Dimensions of Brain Health – and really, life as a whole, can we be successful in life – whatever success may mean to us.

We need to strategically assess all 5 dimensions of mental health, and brain health, find the true root causes of your depressive symptoms, then address all issues in each of those areas.

Not just try this approach, try that – whatever we see on google, what’s “in” in our circle, what our busy eye spots in a magazine or what a friend or colleague tells us “will work”.

What are the 5 dimensions of health?

Root Causes of Depression:

The 5 Dimensions of Mental Health and Brain Health

Click on one of the Tabs to see more about each dimension...

  • Physical

  • Mental

  • Spiritual

  • Social

  • Financial

Physical Health

This is our physical body, the organ systems, the mechanical part, biochemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, and more.

Examples are:

  • Nutrition, food, Cooking habits
  • Nutritional Supplements, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Spices, Enzymes, fats, Proteins,
  • Lab Testing (Blood, urine, Hair, saliva...)
  • Other Testing/Imaging
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Genetic Risk
  • Medications
  • Brain Injuries/Trauma
  • Clothes, shelter, Environment, Temperature
  • Physical Needs
  • When you consider the complexity of depression and life, it is obvious that a one-size-fits all like medication only or even medication and therapy only are not sufficient to truly help depressed people thrive.

    There is no ONE-Size-fits-all-approach to Depression & Anxiety Recovery

    You probably noticed by now that there can be no approach that fits everyone who is depressed. 

    What is needed, is a comprehensive, strategic, truly holistic approach like the one I attempt in my Simple, but effective 7-Step Program for holistic Depression Recovery: "Recover Your Sparkle"

    And for a limited time, as my time allows, I want to invite you to a free "Brain-Booster for Success" Coaching Call, where we will talk, one-to-one, about what’s going on in your life. 

    During the session, you will discover:

    • Crystal-Clear Vision of the future you want to create
    • Uncover hidden challenges that are sabotaging your attempts to live your best life
    • An inspiring 5-step strategic action plan that you can use to boost your brain for lasting success in whatever area of life you feel stuck, sky-rocket your brain power, finally develop laser-focus, eliminate brain fog, and create success in all 5 dimensions of life.

    You will leave the session feeling empowered and uplifted, and with a clear idea and plan about how you can reach your personal growth and mental and physical wellness goals and with options on how you can achieve this.

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    About the author

    Dr. Christine Sauer

    Dr. Christine Sauer is a German-trained physician and naturopath, a Certified Brain Health Professional and Brain Trainer (Dr. Daniel Amen MD) as well as a gastrointestinal disease specialist, working as a Holistic Health & Life Coach and Educator.
    Her own struggles with chronic pain, weight loss, and mental health
    issues have led her to dedicate her life to improving the overall health, gut health and the brain/mental health of others and enabling them to drop unwanted pounds, improve their parenting skills, overcome ADHD (develop laser-focus) and even grow their business - all with natural means, using strategies based in neuroscience combined with her own quirkiness, sense of humor, common-sense, love and care.
    She wrote #1 bestselling books, speaks on stages (incl. a TEDx Talk) and lectures on these topics. She also coaches individuals, groups, and families. and teaches teenager on ourschool. As “The Doctor Who Knows How You Feel” she is known to make a lasting impression and positive difference in the lives of her clients, friends and followers. Main website: https://DocChristine.com

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