There are many theories about depression,and numerous reasons why you may feel depressed; the one truth is that you cannot just ‘snap out of it’. Depression has nothing to do with willpower, nor is it a character flaw or a sign of weakness.
On this page you will find:
- An article on understanding depression, including
- a test to help you find out if you are depressed
- what depression is, and is not
- causes of depression
- ways of healing it
- a free mini-course
ERADICATING DEPRESSION ARE YOU FEELING DEPRESSED?
Chances are that if you are, you’ll know it; if you’re not sure, take this free at http://depression.about.com/cs/diagnosis/l/bldepscreenquiz.htm. Depression is multi-faceted and this test is intended only as an indication – seek professional medical advice if you feel depressed or are in any way uncertain.
IT’S AN EASY MISTAKE TO MAKE
If you experience depression then you know you can’t just snap out of it. If you’ve tried different techniques or been on anti-depressants or in counselling for a long time it’s easy to think that you’ve tried everything or that nothing will help. Feeling depressed has nothing to do with a lack of willpower, nor is it a character flaw or a sign that there is something wrong with you; I’ve never seen a case of depression that didn’t have very good reasons why it started showing up in someone’s life! If you experience depression or know someone who does, don’t give up hope before you’ve read this article and contacted me.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
- You feel sad or cry a lot, get irritated often and overreact, or you feel ‘nothing’ a lot of the time.
- You feel guilty for no real reason; you feel like you’re no good; you’ve lost your confidence.
- Life seems meaningless or like nothing good is ever going to happen again.
- You don’t feel like doing a lot of the things you used to like and you mostly want to be left alone.
- It’s hard to make up your mind. You forget lots of things, and it’s hard to concentrate.
- You sleep a lot more, have trouble falling asleep or wake up really early in the morning.
- Your eating habits change; you’ve lost your appetite or you eat a lot more.
- You feel restless and tired most of the time.
- You think about death, or feel like you’re dying, or have thought about committing suicide.
THE CAUSES OF DEPRESSION
Although there are some common causes of depression (listed below), we are all different:
- Excessive and prolonged stress and anxiety
- Unresolved emotional issues
- Deep seated beliefs and feelings of unworthiness
- Genetic / hereditary causes
- Unfulfilled dreams and a lack of purpose
- Chemical imbalances or a lack of vital nutrients in our bodies
The reasons for depression are mostly unconscious and a lot of people don’t know why they feel depressed.
That’s ok – there is help!
CRITICALLY IMPORTANT & OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD ASPECTS OF DEPRESSION
- Depression is not who you are. It’s not that you are depressed, it is that you feel or experience depression; it is something separate from you. Even making small changes in the way you think and speak about depression will help you start the process of uplifting your depression.
- Depression is often an unconsciously learnt strategy. This does not mean that you are actively or consciously ‘trying’ to be depressed or that it’s your fault, all in your head or that you’re making it up!
- Even though this may seem counter-intuitive at first, your state of depression is trying to protect you from actual or perceived emotional, physical or other pain and discomfort. It is not an enemy to be destroyed; it is an ally that’s simply not going about things in the best way. The more you work with it rather than against it, the better your chance of working through it and enjoying life again.
- I often think of depression as a gift, in painful ‘wrapping paper’. It is by unwrapping this painful wrapping paper and opening ourselves up to receive the gifts in the experience of depression that we can finally let go of the pain.
The natural chemicals in our bodies and brains play a significant role in the way we feel. Some people that experience depression have measurable chemical imbalances and others don’t. At a time in my life that I felt severely depressed (and had been for months), medical tests showed normal levels of all the essential natural chemicals and nutrients in my body. For other people the tests may show a chemical imbalance. I like to be open to the possibility that something – like an emotional or physical trauma – caused the chemical imbalance, which causes the feeling of depression – rather than the chemical imbalance starting all by itself. The good news is that the methods I describe here work – whatever your situation – to clear up the source of your depression, whether you know what caused it or not.
For some, anti-depressants can be an important part of getting better; a 3 month course that I took in 1998 probably saved my life. At the same time I believe that anti-depressants mostly do not address the underlying issues that cause depression in the first place; the techniques that I use release and re-pattern these effectively and naturally. Always consult with a health expert before you stop taking prescribed medication.
Many people who experience depression use a variety of support and techniques to help them through tough times; I strongly recommend that clients initially stick to their current support systems e.g. medication, working with a health practitioner, a 12-step program, yoga etc.
MY OWN STORY
It was my own experience with depression that led me to specialise in treating it. I experienced severe depression at various times in my life and experimented with all sorts of therapies and counselling like psychotherapy, reiki, crystal healing, homeopathy, meditation, affirmations and acupuncture. My first EFT in 2003 helped me to shift more of the heavy emotion I was feeling at the time than I thought was possible and I knew at that moment that I wanted to learn the technique. I now specialise in showing others how to uplift their depression because I understand the hopelessness and despair that often comes with depression, and the delight of being through it! I am the living proof that it is possible to overcome depression and to live a rich and fulfilling life. Wouldn’t you rather have someone who has personal experience of depression help you with yours?
WHAT IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU
With the discovery of ‘Energy Therapies’ like EFT and Matrix Reimprinting it is now possible to experience deep personal change much quicker than ever before.
- release whatever is causing your emotional upset and depression
- interrupt non-helpful ways of thinking and behaving
- install a deep sense of worthiness and wellbeing
- release old limiting beliefs like “I am not good enough” and replace them with more healthy (and true!) ones like “I am good enough” or “I deserve love, happiness and success”. As your depression starts lifting (many people experience relief even after the first session) and you start feeling better it starts up a new, positive cycle – the better you feel, the better you feel!
HOW IT WORKS
A holistic approach works best to help you overcome depression, that is, addressing mind, body and soul:
- Exploring the potential causes of your depression, e.g. unexpressed anger, grief or suppressed creativity and passion.
- Clearing any potential benefits of depression; this may seem strange at first and even though I am not suggesting that you are consciously choosing to feel depressed – your unconscious mind may have some perceived, hidden benefits that we’ll clear to allow you to let it go to move forward.
- Releasing the risks of overcoming your depression – if you have been depressed for a long time the concept of being without it may feel scary, e.g. you may have to come off benefits and go back to work, or start making different decisions about how and with whom you spend your time. Until you feel safe to let it go – why would you?!
- Starting to focus on creating the life you desire – a life after depression! After restoring your mental and emotional health, what sort of relationships, work and lifestyle would you want?
- I will provide you with a range of exercises you can do by yourself, in the privacy of your home, whenever you want to feel better. These will include: o easy and simple body routines o EFT tapping o Visualising
WHAT IS EFT?
The meridian points in our body are like the electrical outlets in our homes and the meridian lines are like the wiring that connects them. If the wires in your home got cut or blocked then electricity couldn’t flow through them and your electrical appliances or lights won’t work. It’s the same with us – if the energy flows in our bodies get disrupted or blocked in any way then we start feeling unwell and this could manifest as physical disease or pain, or emotional discomfort such as fears, phobias, anxiety, stress and depression. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a technique that uses our body’s natural ability to heal itself by (literally) tapping into the body’s energy system to release ‘energetic blocks’.
It combines body/Mind science with acupuncture (without needles). As you tap into your central nervous system and your body starts rebalancing itself, energy flows freely and you get well again.
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