Research from the World Health Organisation shows that depression affects 121 million people worldwide. Itís also one of the fastest growing illnesses in the UK today. Typical symptoms include depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, low energy, feelings of sadness, poor concentration and repetitive negative thoughts. Itís like living under a cloud. Even though so many are affected it is often not something people feel able to talk about and there is a lot of stigma attached to the condition based on misunderstanding and fear. Sadly this often means a depressed person doesnít get the help they need because admitting they have depression in the first place can lead to feelings of shame and guilt so many people suffer in silence rather than be honest about how they are really feeling.Cage of depression
Suppressed emotions, fears and anxieties, unresolved past traumas, negative thinking and self-limiting beliefs are just a few of the problems that often underlie depression. Sometimes we have to cope with a number of difficult experiences in life such as a relationship break up, bereavement or redundancy and this can result in a slow spiral downwards as we are unable to process the pain we feel. Often we create self-limiting beliefs about ourselves in order to deal with these events. These limiting beliefs then serve to feed our negative state of mind. Over time our depression becomes a cage we are unable to escape from and this dark place within us becomes all we know.Listening to the message in depression
The most common approach to overcoming depression is the idea that we need to 'beat' or 'fight' it. However, this means we are now in conflict with the depressed part of ourselves that is trying to get our attention. We try and ignore the part of us in the cage by self- medicating with alcohol, drugs either illegal or prescribed, food, television, the internet and many other coping strategies. Anything to avoid listening to the message from the depressed part of us. Counselling and psychotherapy can help us to understand the message in our depression. Although this often involves reinforcing painful memories as we revisit them over and over again trying to make sense of what happened to us. The neural pathways in our brains become more strongly ingrained as we are caught in the negative feedback loop we are trying to break out of.Moving through depression with EFT and Matrix Reimprinting
With EFT and Matrix Reimprinting we are not trying to 'beat' or 'fight' depression. We are listening to the message from the depressed part of us and finally acknowledging and accepting the truth of our feelings and the memories which are the root cause. Through tapping we can access the problematic memories stored in our energy field. We use these as an access point to release and clear the emotional energy held within the memories in a very targeted way thereby freeing the depressed part of us from the cage. A healthy diet and exercise also helps to disperse the cloud we have been living under and allows us to experience the joy of sunlight again.Shifting energy patterns changes brain chemistry
Tapping works by changing the energy patterns that underlie depression. This in turn affects our brain chemistry so the amount of seratonin (neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite and sleep) released will be positively affected by shifting negative energy patterns. This helps us move through depression in a natural way opening the door to a more positive perspective on life.