The Depressed Body

Without realizing it, we count very heavily on the fact that our thoughts will trigger the right chemicals in our bodies; the mind and its messenger molecules are automatically and perfectly matched. But this process can break down, and then the resulting confusion is like running two programs on the same computer – when the input is scrambled, it is no wonder that the printout, your body, becomes garbled.

The immune cells have a reason for each receptor; they use them to think, act, perceive, and respond in precise ways. A person uses the same two eyes to view the whole world; a cell, however, has a different eye for each thing it needs to see. In other words, a constantly filled receptor renders the cell blind to one specific thing.

The only thing constant about a receptor is its unpredictability. Researchers recently discovered, for example, that a neuro-tranmitter called imipramine is produced abnormally in the brains of depressed people. While looking for the distribution of imipramine receptors, they were startled to find them not just on the brain cells but on skin cells. Why should the skin create receptors for a “mental molecule”? What did these skin receptors have to do with depression?

One plausible answer is that a depressed person is depressed everywhere – he has a sad brain, sad skin, sad liver, and so on. Instead of trusting drugs, one needs to find out how the patient’s sick memory got into his chemical system to begin with. For it is absolutely clear that the nonmaterial memory is there. It may be taking a ride on a molecule, but its life does not depend on that.

Adapted from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra (Bantam Books, 1990).

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Tammy Baxter
Tammy B4 years ago


Margaret C.
Margaret C4 years ago

Rama H., Making a correlation between the young man who caused the New Town incident and depressed people is a little far out there. Be careful with that type of thought. Many people in this country are depressed, but there are many levels and types of depression. Some people only have depression for a short period of time and maybe only once in their lifetime. Where on the far end, some have major depression, which has basically been a part of their lives for most of their lives. The New Town man was probably mentally unstable, but not necessarily depressed. So, please don't put everyone in the same boat, depressed people when pushed too far have a tendency to harm themselves, rather than others. And before anyone says anything about my comment, those people who go out and shoot people, then themselves, are usually angry and have become unstable, not depressed.

Paul Girardin
Paul Girardin4 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing!

Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

Very interesting.

Sue Fowler
Sue Fowler4 years ago

Thank you

Prof Hubert J Farnsworth

Sounds like more woo woo to me. The problem with Chopra's assertions is he mixes a *little* bit of science with a whole lot of feel good. Which, if it works for you, I guess that's fine. But the problem comes when the feel good no longer addresses the fundamental needs of the body. Wishing for better health or trying to play a mind game with the inner workings of your body and mind may, in a sort of placebo effect, work. But the end result of these tactics will inevitably end up causing you more and irreparable damage at some point.

You can't just wish an illness away,
You can't just think away mental issues.
And while a PMA may be good for your overall disposition, it's not going to save you from real and serious health issues.
I've seen too many people rely on this woo woo type of "health science" and end up paying with significant health problems. Steve Jobs ring any bells?

Yeah, I know, not what you wanted to hear in this forum but I couldn't leave it unsaid.
Bring on the hate :[

J.L. A.
JL A4 years ago

good to remember

Shan D.
Shan D4 years ago

Oh, goody - more pseudoscientific technobabble from this guy! Couldn't they find anything more recent than 20 YEARS AGO to quote - or hasn't he actually published anything recent?

Nancy M.
Nancy M4 years ago

Another incredibly vague article from Mr. Chopra. BTW, according to pubmed and pubchem, imipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant.

Rama H.
Rudy V4 years ago

This article is so vague. The label of being 'Depressed' is one to be wary of. America has become a 'Label Nation". Indeed, the path of life can be a difficult one, and some people
may get 'depressed' . Then there are those who really do have psychological issues the boy at NewTown. This is where I find the possibility of the skin and organs being
'Labeled' as sick.