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Monday, June 28, 2003

Get Into the Zone

I'm Dr. David Vastola and it's not unusual for Patrick and I to to treat people for anxiety, depression and boredom. Actually you can find all three of those in the same patient. We use different types of medications, these are some examples: Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Paxil and a whole litany of other medications that can be used, some natural and some prescription. But it turns out, thanks to neurobiology and the University of Chicago that new information suggests there may be a reason for it. It has nothing to do with these medications. Let me tell you about it.

It's called the zone. It turns out whether you're anxious, depressed or bored it has the same connections into the brain - the same neurological connections. They proved it with using EEGs. So what is it? What causes these problems? It turns out that it's the zone. It's the balance between your talent - what you can do, and the challenge of life - what you're doing. If you're out of the zone - if you're out of that flow, you're going to end up with one of these problems. Let me give you an example.

If you're a very talented person and the job or the things that you do aren't that challenging you're going to be very depressed. You're going to be bored. On the other hand, of you're not so talented and you've got a very challenging job or very challenging relationships and you can't quite get there, you're going to be very anxious, you're going to be depressed.

So the answer to these problems may be the zone, or the flow of life. Analyze yourself, find out where you are. What are your talents? What are your temperament? What are your challenges? Do they meet? If they don't, meet them. Because if you do you're going to be in the zone of life.

And I'm Dr. David Vastola and that's life.

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