Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.

Walter Anderson

Depression and TimeLine Therapy

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Depression? This quote, to me, sums up what depression is all about.

When depression interferes with your ability to function in your daily life, it becomes a problem. Depression affects how you feel and can also cause changes throughout your body. It’s like a kind of mental hurricane inside you. The person may consciously avoid talking about it or try to hide the problem.

Depression can cause a lot of symptoms, many of which are easily dismissed or ignored. Depression can cause headaches, chronic body aches, and pain that may not respond to medication. People with depression often complain about feeling tired all the time, and tend to have trouble sleeping. They can end up losing interest in things that used to bring them pleasure and motivation. Instead, they would probably feel empty, hopeless and guilty. They tend to get excessively negative and irritable. Over time, they may have trouble concentrating and maintaining their work and social life.

Depression can cause some people to use alcohol or drugs and they may become aggressive towards themselves and others. Depression can also affect the appetite. Some people cope by overeating or binging. Some lose their appetite. Eating problems can lead to stomach-aches, cramps, constipation, or malnutrition and these symptoms may not improve with medication.

What causes depression? According to the Harvard Medical School, the cause is more than simply a chemical imbalance in your brain – there are many possible causes like faulty mood regulation by the brain, genetic vulnerability, stressful life events, medications and medical problems. It is believed that several of these happened together to bring forth depression.

We all feel sad or anxious at times. It’s a normal part of life. Being sad is not the same as having depression. Depression is more than just feeling down. It’s a common and serious condition that affects your physical and mental health. Fortunately, it is also treatable.

What is Time Line Therapy?

There are many ways to get rid of depression. One of the more effective and holistic ways of treating depression is Time Line TherapyTM (TLT), which was developed by Tad James Ph.D, in the 1980s. It is a powerful therapeutic process that evolved from Hypnosis and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).

TLT facilitates the elimination of painful emotions linked to memories and events in the past. These memories and events are stored in a chain or gestalt , similar to a chain of pearls, each representing a memory or event. TLT focuses the positive learnings we can take from those events and use them as a resource for the future. It enables the person to release and clear gestalts or chains of an emotion rather than one at a time as most other emotional release techniques do. For example, if the person has anger issues, TLT facilitates the releasing and clearing ALL anger from the past and not just the anger attached to a particular event. In other words, the anger is released from its roots.

Hence, offering the person a long-lasting transformation, very quickly with minimum discomfort. Time Line TherapyTM subtly and unconsciously change the person’s behaviour patterns so that they can react to present experiences based on present conditions and not react to situations that present themselves today based on emotions linked to previous life events.

How to keep in the zone

How can you keep yourself mentally healthy, even after a TLT session? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Set goals and start taking actions on them. Keep your mind focused on completing the goals, no matter how small it may seem.
  2. Get into an exercise routine. Regular exercise gets the brain to re-wire in a positive way. And, exercise boosts the feel-good chemicals in your brain temporarily.
  3. Eat healthy! Watch what you eat! There is no magic diet to fix depression.
  4. Get enough sleep. Start by creating a habit of going to bed and getting up at the same time daily.

Think about this – what would happen if you did get rid of depression and never let it bother you again? What would you be like? How would it be if you generally feel happy and good all the time? What would you be doing? What kind of results or relationships would you have then?

Now, what if you learn a technique and you can help someone you know get rid of their depression? Would this be good then?

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