Hello, this is Richard Jacobs, executive director of the Finding Genius Foundation. I’m talking to you about the anxiety and depression codex. I have yet another update. I’m not sure if I have expressed this but in general, I’m trying to get into the mindset and into the world of someone that is suffering from a combination of anxiety and depression and PTSD. These seem to be the 3 major hallmarks whereas, whereby different percentages of each comprise a person’s mental condition. So, what I mean is some people may have a lot of depression and a little bit of anxiety and a little bit of PTSD, others may have a lot of all 3, others may be primarily PTSD driven, stress driven from trauma. So, I am learning that there are these 3 facets of someone’s mental health picture. I know there’s more. These are the 3 major ones when they are having problems. So, it’s just something to consider in your own self or in people that you know.
Do they seem to be more fearful and stress based, do they jump if you put your head on their shoulder or if they hear a loud noise or if they just get very agitated and anxious all the time. Are they stressed, do they tend to overreact and blow up to simple things or there are situations that set them off and give them panic attacks and they can’t handle it. They are very PTSD driven or are they depressed, are they sad all the time, are they procrastinating, do they not want to get off the couch, do they have no zest for life. So, when you look at yourself or someone with these conditions, perhaps this will help you to quantify or classify where they are coming from and what’s bothering them, most of all. I would guess that it’s probably very difficult to help someone that has high levels of all three but I would also guess that a lot of people will eschew more heavily in one direction or another. That’s just my guess.
So, like I said, I want to take you along on this journey of my learning. So if this model of the 3 facets or the major pillars of negative health or negative mental health issues, I believe may be instructive. So, I just want to give you a quick reminder that we are in the process of hiring our first researcher to get the research started. As you can tell, I’m not just sitting here, I’m learning as much as I can about depression, anxiety and PTSD every day.
If you don’t have a copy of the codex document which describes the process, you can download it there. A quick summary of it is we are doing a massive what you might call a literature review on steroids. So, we are going to be interviewing 100 people that have anxiety and depression or know people that do. We are already interviewing several dozen, there’s probably going to be at least 100 more researchers and clinicians that work with people that have anxiety and depression. There’s going to be hundreds and hundreds of peer reviewed research pap0ers, we are going to be going through, there will be lectures we’ll be going through, books and interviewing the authors as well. So, we are trying to get a holistic view of everything that could possibly cause and/or treat anxiety, depression and stress, PTSD and we need your help to do it. It’s a monstrous project. Everyone I’ve told about this project is like whoa! That’s pretty ambitious. The way I do things is just by jumping in and figuring it out as I go.
So, I don’t want you to think that I am unprepared or have no plan, we certainly do have a well laid out plan but the money issue is going to be a showstopper because I can’t fund this whole thing myself. So, my last appeal to you is please go to findinggeniusfoundation.org and see what you can do to help us out. If you can volunteer time, if money is not available, time to read papers, time to do other activities but we need your help and I appreciate you listening and thank you.