Is Depression Real? What Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Want You to Know – Marisa Peer

Is Depression Real? What Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Want You to Know – Marisa Peer

– Hey, this is Marisa. So, I’ve been a therapist
for over 30 years and in that 30 years I
must have seen thousands and thousands of clients with depression, with bipolar depression, with
indeed suicidal depression, with debilitating depression, and they all tend to say the same thing, “I’ve got the depression gene.” And they all tend to say the same thing, “I’ve got the gene. “It’s been passed down. “My grandmother was depressed,
my mother was depressed, “it runs in the family.” Or they say, “You know, “I’ve got that chemical
imbalance in the brain, “and now I’m on medication,
and first I felt better, “but now I’m still depressed.” (empowering music) I just met this lovely
client coming in and saying, “You know, I was so depressed, “I couldn’t actually
have sex with my husband “and I felt so bad, I went to the doctor, “he gave me medication, “and I still can’t have sex with him. “You know what? “I don’t even care, I’m just numb. “I’m just so numb that nothing bothers me “because I’m just on medication “for this chemical imbalance.” I’m gonna tell you something
that might blow your mind. The studies on a chemical
imbalance in your brain, they’re not flawed. You know why they’re not flawed? They don’t exist. You cannot study someone’s
brain for a chemical imbalance. Any doctor will tell you, “No, you can’t put electrodes
on their head and go, “oh yeah, we’ve done some tests “and you have the chemical imbalance.” And believe me doctors
didn’t even create that myth. It was a drug company that said, “Oh, you have chemical imbalance. “If you take these meds, they’ll
readdress the imbalance.” While there are some people
who do do well on medication, who do say, “I feel so bad and that
medication helped me,” and I’m not here to tell
them to come off their meds, I would never do that. Some people do well on medication but many, many, many more don’t. They go out and feel bad, “I got the medication, I
need more and more and more, “and now I’m just numbed out. “It’s not helping me.” I work with people all
the time on medication who actually start to feel
suicidal on the medication, or they become so dependent on the meds that they just don’t know what to do. And in my 33 years, I have
studied depressed people, suicidally depressed people, and I found that depression is
caused by only three things. I’m gonna tell you what they are. The first one is not
following your heart’s desire. Not doing what makes your heart sing is a major cause of depression. I’ve been with many who will say, “You know, I’ve been a
lawyer my entire life. “I’ve been an accountant. “You know, when I was a kid, “it was always understood
I would follow my father “into the family accounts firm, “into the family law firm, “and yet, I wanted to be a tennis coach, “and I never did and
here I am now depressed.” I worked with someone who said, “I wanted to be a vet my entire life, “but I wasn’t smart enough
to go to vet school. “I applied and I didn’t pass the exams. “I didn’t have the money and, you know, “I became a schoolteacher. “I’m just about to retire
and I am so depressed. “And when I work out
why, it’s because well, “I didn’t follow my heart’s desire,” but it’s never too late. The client I work with who
wanted to be a vet said, “Well, what can I do? “I’m not gonna be a dog walker.” I’m like, it’s not either/or. She actually ended up becoming
a dog behavioural expert. A bit like Cesar Millan, working with animals, she
had her own television show. She’s got a wonderful life. I worked with someone else
who wanted to be a doctor. Couldn’t be a doctor,
couldn’t go to medical school, had a family very young, and also in retirement became depressed. I said, “Well, why do
you want to be a doctor?” She said, “I wanted to help people.” Long story short, she
trained to be a healer. She went to work in a hospice. She was blissfully happy. She was doing what she wanted to do, touching people, helping
them, making them better. In the hospice, not making them better, but helping them cope. And sometimes you have to think of, “What do I want? “I want to be in the theatre. “I’m never gonna be an actor, “but I could work in production. “I could work on lighting or
rigging or being a dresser.” There’s always a way to
follow your heart’s desire, and many people when
they retire get depressed ’cause they think, “Oh,
I lost that chance.” It’s never too late. Martin in “Frasier,” if you remember him. He played Frasier’s dad. He had a medical magazine and became terribly depressed on his 40th or maybe 50th birthday ’cause he was never gonna find
his heart’s desire of acting, and then he decided to
act in a local little rep just for fun, and from there he got cast in “Frasier.” When “Frasier” ended, they said, “What next?” He went, “No, I’m going
back to the theatre. “That’s what makes my heart sing,” and he did that. It’s never too late. The second thing that causes depression, and this is a biggie, are harsh, hurtful, critical words that you say to yourself on a daily basis. That would make anyone
depressed, criticising yourself, being down on yourself,
being harsh and hurtful. If you think about if you
ever spoke to your best friend the way you speak to yourself, they would probably not be a friend. When you wake up and go, “I’m a loser, I’m an idiot, I’m useless, “I’m a waste of space, I’m fat, I’m old, “I’m unattractive, I’ve
got nothing to offer.” And, you know, we are
so hard on ourselves. Harsh, hurtful, critical words that you say to you on a
daily basis cause depression. If I say something harsh
and hurtful and critical, “Well, she’s obviously having a bad day “or she’s just not a nice person,” but when you say it your mind thinks it must be true. Stop it. The opposite of harsh
hurtful critical words are kind, loving, encouraging words. Be your own best friend, and I promise you if you do that you won’t be depressed. And here’s the third cause of depression and it’s an epidemic disconnection. We are primitive people in modern bodies. We are wired to need people. Our DNA requires people. Not long ago survival was a numbers game. If you go to a pet shop, all the little mice and puppies and kittens all sleep in a ball with each other. We need people, and now we live in a very strange world. We have 500 Facebook friends. We get everything delivered by Amazon. We work from home. You may not see anyone for four days. We don’t interact with anyone and it’s making people ill. You need connection. You need people. So if you are depressed, find people, join a group, start online, but find real people. Stop criticising yourself and think about your heart’s
desire and follow it. And if you’re depressed,
eat essential oils. There’s a bit of a clue in
the name Essential Oils. Your mind, your brain, every organ of your body, every function of your
body needs essential oils. When you’re depressed, you just eat crackers and cookies. You’ve got to have healthy fats. They will help you not be depressed. I hope that helps and if you need more, go to We have an audio called The Natural Cure for Depression, and you can cure depression. You can transform it. I’ve had people who are suicidal. I worked with someone the other day, I met someone who was 17, he said, “I was gonna kill myself, “and I came across your
YouTube I’m not enough talk, “and it was a game changer.” Other people have said the same thing, “I was so miserable. “I just hoped death would come quickly.” One person said to me, “You know what? “Before I met you, “I envied people who had cancer. “I’d think, well lucky
them, they’re gonna die. “But I can’t die, my kids
would never forgive me, “it would kill my partner
if I took my own life. “I wish I could get cancer.” And that’s a horrible thing to hear. And they say, “Now I can’t
believe I even thought that.” “I’m appalled I ever said that “because I love my life and I love myself “’cause I listened to your words.” If you are depressed, please do not stop medication. I’m not a physician. You must not come off medication. If you want to come off
it, go and talk to your GP. But if you follow my advice, you can stop being depressed. It’s up to your doctor to help guide you with your medication, but I’m just here to help
you with your mindset. You don’t have to be depressed. You don’t have to have bipolar. You don’t have to be suicidal. There is no chemical
imbalance in your brain. If you don’t believe me, ask your doctor, “Where can I go for a test
for chemical imbalance?” They’ll say, “There isn’t one,” ’cause there isn’t one. And anyway you don’t need one. Thanks for tuning in. Go We have all kinds of free audios on wealth blocks, love blocks,
money blocks, health blocks, and health blocks are
very linked to depression and I’d love to help
you be happy and healthy and free of depression and I know I can. Thanks for giving me your time, I really appreciate it. Thanks for listening to me, I wish you every success in
being free of depression. It’s a horrible illness that you probably don’t even need to have. Thank you so much. See you soon.

100 thoughts on “Is Depression Real? What Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Want You to Know – Marisa Peer

  1. Thank you so much for your insights, you helped me a lot. I´m thinking seriously taking the rtt training. Greetings from Catalonia.

  2. My doctor actually said depression was a chemical imbalance, his efficient way of ‘simplifying’ the role of serotonin to a patient, and he was quick to prescribe meds over other less freely available talking therapies.. so glad I found your channel x

  3. A lot of meds make you more depressed and some also make you have memory problems. What helped me is you. I realized that I have so low opinion of myself because I let other people inside my head. So what I did (because you can't say "ok now I will believe more in's not that easy ) I started to learn things ..things that others said that I cant I they didn't know and that was a starting point that helped me do more for myself to build me up and be happy about the way I am. I don't have the best confidence but I work on it. So thank you #MarisaPeer

  4. This spoke to me so much I am in such a state of debilitating depression and anxiety that I haven’t been able to go out meet people or even interact with anyone other than maybe waving at somebody on a walk I don’t go shopping I don’t go to family functions I just don’t go anywhere The only thing I do do is walk I guess that’s my saving grace but I’ve had many suicidal thoughts I’ve even had thoughts of wanting to end my life but as you said one lady mentioned that she couldn’t because of her family I feel the same but I always envy people who are about to die I think why is that not me why can it not be me going instead of them and that is my prayer God let me be the next one do you take off the face of the earth thank you so much for this YouTube I will check out your website and report back to let you know how I’m going thank you once again faith

  5. You know, when i listen to you i don't only get valuable information, i also learn to talk better. So thanks for everyting that.

  6. Love Marisa. Her voice is like a melody. And when she says something I believe her because it rings so true. Waking up to the fact that if I want to be happy I have to stop repeating the things to myself I was told while growing up and in my adulthood by unhappy and toxic parents who were probably mistreated themselves. I think the things said while at the same time being abused ingrained the most. In my 50s now and have decided it’s now or never. I know I’m a good person and deserve to spend my time living, not constantly trying to please my parents. After my mom passed I thought it would drop away. Instead, realizing I let the voice in my head take over long ago because I believed what it said when little and never questioned it once, no matter how crappy and crazy it made me feel. Seeing how I’m trying to please my mom still even though she’s gone and it never works out. I need to step in and praise me.

  7. Well, depression is a loss of vitality for life and not sadness like a lot of people believe. So, the first thing you said makes complete sense to me. ❤👍Thank you.

  8. The chemical imbalance is from ones poor diet and lack of exercise. And not following ones heart good point. The heriditary factor is about epigenetics. We were programmed with all the things that lead to the symptoms. Trauma is generational. And the belief symptoms are passed on.

  9. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones who had great success on medication. I was in a very bad state before taking meds and after a 6 month course, I feel as healed as one could be and have been off them for at least 5 months now. I am so grateful for this everyday.

  10. Thank you Marisa. You are so right. I have been prescribed medication in the past for depression but my gut feeling always told me it was not the way to go.. I have always got through my bouts of depression by exercising.. doing something for someone else and saying affirmations. You are a true angel on this earth. Thank you🙏

  11. A lot of people think they have depression but what they have is sadness, dissatisfaction, sorrow, grief/loss. I agree with the advice you provided for a mild/moderate situational depression which does not need medication. Although, there is a severe chronic depression that impairs all levels of functioning and is as debilitating as schizophrenia, but this is rare.

  12. Yes I love that show it's me or the dog of Victoria Stilwell… Thank you Marisa for all the positivity, hope and happiness you're spreading!

  13. Not following you heart desires. This is the one that made me so depressed in a way that I committed to suicide , back in 2017 i step up and followed my heart , and now till this day i follow my heart’s desire. Im no longer depressed. Follow you heart , know more about yourself, start writing and get know yourself, journaling was one of the benefits that helped me stop to know myself and listen to my heart. Trust me you can and you’ll and it never to late to get started. ❤️

  14. Hey Marisa! I absolutely love your work and I admire your personality and your fitness. I wanted to ask you if you could make the next video on 'How to make Eye Contact'. I think it's a big issue for many people but maintaining good eye contact is so important to staying confident.
    Love and Regards
    Deepika (India)

  15. I spent 25 days at the mental hospital in 2018. During every ward round my doctor would tell me I've got some kind of personality disorder 🤷🏻‍♀️

    I'd research it till my next ward round and then I'd explain why I think that's not me. This continued for weeks.

    She also told me that my depression is going to be like diabetis. I just have to accept that I'm going to be living with it for the rest of my life. And that I have to take medication for it.

    I left the hospital. Got off medication. Within two months I wrote my second book. And I'm good. Yes, I've got to check in with my inner critic. But I know for use I don't have a personality disorder 😊

    If you're reading this and it's tough please don't lose hope.
    And always remember that no one knows YOU as well as you do. Stay blessed ✨

  16. Aloha and Mahalo Marisa! My Mom's side of the family carries this mental tendency, so when I was younger, she described it as a "gift" and when I was exhibiting behaviors suggesting I had bipolar disorder, she told me to help the elderly, which slowed my thinking down and taught me to be present. Just sharing. Thanks again 🙏🏼🙏🏼💚

  17. That is so true, when I was suisidal, I hade no hope everything was taken away from me, I didn’t have anything to keep going. I was forced to immigrated, to a place I hated with everything I am. I kept saying why did you put me Here God why..! I still wonder why..! As I have difficulty in communicating with the people here , it’s not my language and I just can seem to learne it and remember the verbs. (Portuguese ) because I am talented and wanted to teach people on the word of God and the language blocked me. And I am sort o happy but I can’t do what I think I would have done if I stayed in my county. I just have faith that that was not Gods plan for me. Everything I start I see no future for it, like my sowing . Going to try , and keep positive , and hopefully I will be able to do what gives me pleasure ….

  18. Appreciate you speaking the truth about depression. Many people don't want to acknowledge the truth that depression has less to do with chemical imbalances than any other factor.

  19. I love this. When I was 16 I was sectioned, i dropped out of school when I was 15 and isolated myself which led to me losing the plot. Leading up, in and after being in mental hospital I was told to take pills which I was never comfortable with and they never tried to deal with root causes of my mental health issues. Fair enough, medication can help some people and they really do need it… but most times I believe its about what's going on in your head and in your life. You have to take control of your thoughts as much as possible and try to help yourself, be more kind to yourself. Positivity and honesty goes a long way 🙂

  20. Although depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance, its only a fraction of the reasons why people face depression.

  21. You're amazing and you're helping me so much with your words. My hearts desire is dogs, animals in general, but I'd love to work with dogs. Unfortunately I'm disabled and thanks to a bus accident it's made my condition worse, however my other passion is yoga and getting people to understand that you can practice it regardless of how flexible you are. It helped me so much physically and mentally. I'm now studying to become a yoga teacher because if I can help one person in the same way yoga has helped me, then I'll be over the moon. Even though I'm not going to be able to help people with their dogs I will be able to help them with their, pain, mobility and confidence. I've used a walking stick since I was 38 and it's never bothered me because I know I'm doing everything I can to keep myself as mobile as I can and I can do yoga. I was very lucky because my teacher was a retired physio. Not only did I learn yoga from her but I learned how to be with people of different ages, how advanced their practice was, level of mobility etc. She is one of the loveliest, warmest people I've ever known. When she retired from yoga, she moved away, I continued my practice at home and found an online yoga school which has saved me a fortune than if I'd gone to a yoga school. I'm so excited to do this and I do have depression but it's because I'm so critical of myself. I find it hard to get to sleep and then I struggle to get up, which really annoys me. I want to get up and get things done then fall asleep within half an hour of going to bed. That's my inner demon. Thank you again for this video, you have no idea how much I appreciate you

  22. Finally! A prominent person talking about the "chemical imbalance" lie that big pharma created to market & sell drugs. Thank you Marisa!

  23. Hello Marisa !
    I have been following your Videos and they are true, real and impactful.
    I have been roaming all over India to teach people Peace,Happiness, Love.
    I have made Mental Health Series too.
    I have been doing this ,Althought not for so long. I have made thousands of people face to face and through Instagram.
    I want to have a word with you to discuss how to go forward.
    My instagram Handle is : bk_hitesh .
    I am really hopeful that we can do something big together.


  24. it's all about mindset ,,, being alone or with people it's not an issue itself but the way you give it a definition.

  25. Thank you Marisa,
    Your videos are informative,
    straightforward and comforting…
    Love your message –
    On point for today's Human 🙂

  26. Only seeing you Marisa and hearing your soothing magical voice with your elegant British voice automatically heals me ❤ thank you for merely existing 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  27. This lady is an inspiration!!!!! What a fantastic service to fellow people who are struggling with anxiety and depression. Just to be told that one can overcome it is invaluable.

  28. Thank you so much for this. I absolutely believe this and I am currently practicing these skills while trying to ween off certain medications. 🙏

  29. Grateful for this Marisa 💛 I'm self studying CBT and psychology. How can I get into this field to become a therapist? Unfortunately I don't have £18k to invest on a degree x

  30. ❤ The human body is made perfect and is amazingly always balanced on all levels to prevent one's from either physical or mental pain which is thought to be felt otherwise ❤ I beleive medication is good for short term boost to help your system, but is always bad when it is taken for on a regular long term bases. Your body is a perfect machine and so complexe that doctors haven"t figured out yet all its subtle behaviours.

  31. Chemical imbalance is obviously not a thing. It's about neurotransmitters. You aren't doing any help with the information you are spreading here. If we could all just live by our hearts people wouldn't have schizophrenia, be bipolar or suffer from seizures. Chronic depression is a result of something deeper than a thought process.

  32. I had been on antidepressants for over 20 years when in the beginning of 2018 I started watching Gregg Braden, Dr Bruce Lipton and Joe Dispenza on YouTube, gave up the medication literally overnight and have never felt better in my life, no side effects

  33. Thank you Marisa
    You are so right
    I too suffered with a bit of depression
    My Doctor gave me antidepressants
    I began to have terrible side effects
    I took myself off them within a couple of days
    This was 15 years ago
    I went for CBT therapy it was the best thing I did
    I would never ever go on medication again
    Once again Marisa thank you

  34. Great video! Thank you. Hopefully people can listen and learn the great lesson. Sending you ALL love. Take care and stay positive. God bless you all!

  35. I was diagnosed by my general practitioner with depression when I went in asking why my hearing seemed amplified. I could suddenly hear almost too well. My Dr looked at me and told me I was clearly depressed… I was in a difficult marriage, but still believed I was happy. I believed the Dr knew what I didn’t, and took the medication. I can only say that was the worst year of my life, and after I stopped taking them, I haven’t looked back.

  36. LOVE THIS! Since changing my mindset and CHOOSING not to be a victim and to be happy I've realised how superficial the IDEA of DEPRESSION is. It's an idea. Nothing more. I no longer believe in the idea of depression. It's a load of bollocks to be frank. Xx

  37. I so agree with this I use to always get annoyed about this chemical imbalance I thought it was so bullshit and people could never explain it deeply

  38. When you say essential oil in the video it sounds a little bit like you're talking about eucalyptus oil and things like that… It can confuse people. I know you meant healthy fats but a lot of people can misunderstand this, just a heads up.
    By the way, I Love your videos Marisa!

  39. This is so true! And I also realized that anxiety tries to tell you that you’re going wrong way or want to force things .. take a step back and just be honest with yourself

  40. When I first opened this video…I was skeptic..I thought it was gonna be another video of some 'scientific' explanation of neurons firing the wrong way. But I ended up being in a ball of tears. She speaks the truth. So many of us are simply disconnected from ourselves. We need to wake up to the truth.

  41. This is a truth that more people should get to know. Marisa's talks are very helpfull. I'd like to find more of her talks with Portuguese subtitles, i am Brazilian and it would be great to share It with some of my frinds that do not speak English.

  42. Lady you have to check this out

  43. Merrisa thank you for your clear , no nonsense advice, I'm a Nurse for 30 years who needed your help , if you come to NZ with RTT training I'm in x

  44. Thanks so much for the awesome video Marisa🔥 This will definitely help me improve my Mindset, Business, and Life!! Keep it up! 💯💯🙌

  45. sometimes depression is merely a natural reaction to many years of failure & rejection with no hope for anything ever changing for the better. perhaps some people can be happy being single & alone their entire life but for others it is the worst curse imaginable.

  46. Good video! I wonder if Marisa can make a video about excessive tiredness? It is like an epidemic! People everywhere seems to be tired! Also how to handle tiredness from depression and anxiety.

  47. Finally! Someone saying things how they are…..! People label themselves as depressed, then they behave like they are depressed and they feel even more depressed… is like a cycle that never ends…..

  48. Thank you Marissa for those instructive videos.
    I'm one of those who were lucky to do a Free RTTP hypnosis with you (I'm enough through Mindvalley free masterclass) and I now swear by it… that it did change my perspective and how I deal with myself and with people. I'm less and less receptive for criticism whether inner or outer, and all this bcoz of ur great work and generous free hypnosis session.
    Thank you and keep it up… I'm sure many people will benefit from ur programs. Bless U.

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