Talking therapy is the treatment of choice in what is called reactive depression when the cause of the depression is outside influences such as redundancy, divorce, bereavement etc. only in the most severe cases or reactive depression is it necessary to directly rebalance the chemistry of the brain to overcome the crisis period.
Talking therapy can however be incredibly helpful in cases of endogenous depression where there is no apparent external cause. I believe it is possible in some cases of endogenous depression that the source is external but originates from many years ago, what I call delayed reactive-depression. Psychotherapy that changes hurtful memories and negative beliefs and values learnt in the past is probably the ONLY effective approach in such cases.
Even in cases of depression that are exclusively or primarily due to chemical imbalances should still benefit greatly from talking therapy. Imagine a person who inherently has very balanced brain chemistry with ample serotonin, dopamine, PEA and GABA activity, let’s also imagine that they were generally taught to have a reasonable level of positive self-esteem. Like most people they may have experienced some very negative and extremely challenging experiences in the past, yet because of their healthy brain chemistry and the positive and the optimistic psychology they learnt, they are hardly if at all bothered by the negative past experiences. even if they feel upset when they think about the upsetting experiences their positive psychology and healthy brain chemistry will enable them to bounce back from their brief encounter with the depressed state. Contrast this with a person who occasionally or more or less continually suffers from some degree of serotonin deficiency for example. They may or may not have been brought up in a way that engendered them with adequate self-esteem and a positive psychological outlook on the world. They too may have experienced some extremely challenging and upsetting experiences in their past. In this case however the combination of negative psychology and upsetting memories with deficient neurotransmitters conspired together to increase the intensity and length of the depressed state.
What you can do with cognitive hypnotherapy and other psychological techniques is to change negative psychology and thinking that contribute to the depression caused by the chemical imbalance. You can also equip your mind with better understanding and new ways of thinking that help you to cope and function during periods of depression.
It is possible to change inner core values and attitudes particularly about oneself and the world in general, improving the psychology of low self-esteem can be especially useful.
Removing the effects of painful and hurtful memories by regressing and remodelling them can also be of great benefit. Such memories only serve as ammunition for the chemically imbalanced brain to focus on and use to justify, intensify and maintain the depressed state. If you already have an inherently imbalanced brain chemistry that tends to the melancholic, don’t leave unchallenged negative experiences in your memory that you can easily dwell on.
So talking therapies that change your psychology are useful in reactive-depression, delayed reactive-depression (my terminology) and in endogenous depression due to chemical imbalances. In other words it’s useful in all cases.
I have personal experience with many different types of psychotherapy applied to depressive illness and believe that the methods employed by cognitive hypnotherapy are amongst the most effective and cost efficient.
Cognitive hypnotherapy draws from cognitive therapy that helps a person change the way they think about their problem, but perhaps lacks in its ability to help a person with the inner structure of their feelings around or with the problem. Using regression in hypnotherapy together with NLP techniques it is possible to process and change the structure of one’s feelings about oneself and experiences on the very profound level. Using hypnotherapy, NLP and timeline reprocessing techniques it is possible to release and remodel negative memories. Using hypnotherapy, NLP parts integration techniques it is possible to reorganise and change one’s inner values and core beliefs. Using these techniques is also possible to connect to the fundamental programs (like the operating system in a computer) called Meta programs that structure our very core personality. There is debate within psychotherapy as to whether or not meta programs can be fundamentally changed. What is possible however is to use cognitive hypnotherapy techniques to help us understand and work with our core personality as opposed to being in conflict with it and not respecting and taking care of who we are.
It’s possible that by not understanding these inner programs we are condemned to be run by them, and through the process of exploring the nature of our inner programs, and limitations we may on occasion choose to break free of our normal patterns and enquiries are range and flexibility of options. By exploring the strengths and needs of the inner core programs that make us who we are we may be able to better apply ourselves and take care of ourselves.
Today I primarily use nutritional medicine, cognitive hypnotherapy, NLP and Bicom therapy to treat metal, digestive and functional health problems like chronic fatigue and IBS.
I have extensive experience (both professional and personal) and a forthcoming book (2013) in nutritional approaches to balancing brain chemistry and psychological approaches to treating depression, bipolar syndrome and anxiety.
I practice at the Hale Clinic (central London) as a holistic medical practitioner and have been in practice since 1988.
Over the years I’ve trained in Nutritional /naturopathic medicine, body-cantered psychotherapy, Chinese herbal medicine, Acupuncture, Bicom resonance therapy (which treats allergies and viruses), meditation, Kundalini yoga, Cognitive Hypnotherapy and NLP.
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