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Depression Series #5: Postnatal Depression

May 28, 2010

For us to understand the mechanism of Postnatal Depression we must first look objectively at the whole process of pregnancy and birth.

From the moment of conception there are many influences that come into play.  The psychological state is at its extreme, containing excitement, fear, joy and uncertainty. The physical aspect is transforming, hormones charging, physical shape expanding, along with bouts of nausea and sickness.

 Overall all feelings are prominent and exaggerated, which individuals will go through on an hourly basis. 

We then come to the birth itself, which is again extremely daunting and exciting, filled with a tremendous fear of the unknown.  Regardless of preparation whether a natural birth, drug free, drug fuelled, or caesarean the whole process of giving birth will never be as you anticipated and emotions will be extreme both negative and positive.

 Immediately after birth there is a calm, a new life has emerged and you rejoice in the arrival of your baby. Then soon after the excitement comes the realisation that life has changed and will never be the same again.

If we look objectively at all elements the whole process of pregnancy and birth contains transformation on every level, mental, emotional, psychological and physical.

It is during this period of trying to adjust and adapt to this new role where it can all feel a bit too overwhelming. Naturally the physical aspect is beginning the reversal process, but her there is the realisation that part of your body is no longer with you, your baby.

Any separation in life can cause us extreme sadness, but this separation is different. Your baby was growing inside of you, a part of you for nine months, and your sole responsibility that you protected and nurtured, where a spiritual connection was made. Now your baby is an independent life, plus grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends are handling your baby. Of course this is expected and what happens in our society, but that doesn’t prepare you for the feelings that you have.

Anger and possessiveness provoke emotions that are very difficult to vent. When you are in it, it becomes impossible to comprehend because at that moment nothing matters, it is as if everything has been lost.

Ultimately this process is just another natural transformation in the long line of events that took place during pregnancy and birth and must be understood as a natural process. 

It is advisable that before birth individuals put all the above into perspective and develop an understanding about this process, it will certainly ease the burden of suffering and will make this period easier to digest and cope with.

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Election, recession and anxiety

May 6, 2010

Well, we all know the election is fast approaching and that there has been a lot of finger pointing about the state of the economy, and what we have to look forward to. But without getting into all the details of who is to blame, it is clear that have been a tough few years because of the recession. Whether you or someone in your family has lost a job, suffered a pay freeze or pay cut, or just been exposed to all the negative media around the recession – this can all make anxiety build up.

In fact, a recent story in the Telegraph, has detailed how valium prescriptions have soared during the recession. Prescriptions of Valium, the highly addictive pill for stress and anxiety disorders, have risen by more than 11 per cent in three years. Doctors have expressed alarm that the drug diazepam, commonly known as Valium, is now being dispensed almost 5 million times a year in England.

NHS figures show that in the first nine months of 2009, more than 3.6 million prescriptions were written for diazepam in England – an 11 per cent rise on the 3.25 million dispensed in 2006, and an increase of 17 per cent in a decade. If the trend continues, it will amount to more than 4.8 million prescriptions issued in 2009, according to the NHS Prescription Pricing Authority.

So, if you are suffering from anxiety or depression, you may want to talk to your GP about access to psychological therapies, rather than drugs, but the availability of counselling does vary widely across the country and waiting lists can be long. The Royal College of General Practitioners said GPs should be referring those suffering from anxiety for counselling, not drugs as they could result in a lifelong addiction.

Here at the Mind Clinic we completely agree that counselling should be used instead of drugs, and we have a drug reduction programme where medication is already being used. We offer counselling so you can use the power of your own mind to overcome any complications of your own life.

So as the election battle reaches its finale, and we all get caught up in all the election fever, you might also want to spend some time thinking about yourself. And how you can help yourself if you have been affected by the recession. Hope that helps!

Depression Series #4: Moderate to severe depression

May 4, 2010

The next level of depression takes us deeper into the unconscious mind and is usually due to our discontentment with the status quo.

 Some depressions can become more serious. We develop an addictive pattern that makes us journey to the same place, churning the same thoughts over and over again.  This behaviour can become as severe and as deep as our emotions dictate. The deeper the imagination the deeper the depression becomes.

 There is another very important element to these kinds of depressions, which relate to the mind.  The mind stores the past up to date, which holds our instinct and makes life possible. Routinely we will enter into the mind and journey, but when we become involved in our emotions it becomes extremely difficult to detach.

 Although we are aware that we cannot resolve the past, we develop this desperate urge to keep trying. We go aimlessly searching without a serious objective, just repeating the same.

This form of addiction can easily manifest as we are always in need of emotional explosions and reactions, by magnifying and manifesting events of the past, every thought fuels our addiction. We become alienated, we will feel that none of our present life makes any sense, as if ones sanity is being lost and there is no way out.

 Like a revolving door we can get off at any moment that we choose, but regardless, we keep on going on the same cycle continuing the ride.

Of course in this situation we do not think about what we are doing to the physical self, nevertheless we will notice and complain about minor discomforts such as stomach ache and back pain. 

When a situation becomes deeply embedded it naturally alters our behaviour.  To release our sadness or anger we traumatise the self as a form of self-punishment.  This affects our health and it is through our beliefs that we allow it to spread.

Naturally with all these forms of behaviour we can trigger or initiate an altered state, which on the long term can manifest into some form of condition or another.

All of this is preventable.

 It is extremely important that when we journey into the mind that we make use of the situation and try to learn and understand the way in which our mind is working.

 Always make the effort to question whether your thoughts are imaginary, unreachable, or unrealistic.  Always look at your imagination, what is it creating? Where is it taking you? And why?

 Wait for the answers. In time you will differentiate whether your thoughts are mental processes or based only on emotion.

Depression Series #3: Environmental Depression

April 29, 2010

Tackling the needs and demands and competitiveness that we encounter from others and all that surrounds us requires an understanding about our self, who we are, how we think, how we feel, our responses and our reactions. 

Our feelings can become easily magnified by the influence of our environment.

Any depression will lead us into depressive patterns of thought. Our mind easily becomes vulnerable, extracting every memory that has been depressive or affective at any point in our life and feeds them to our conscious thoughts.

Certain sounds, colours, words or scenarios can easily trigger depressive thoughts and memories.

 These depressions are simply overcome by identifying and exploring the mechanism that lead to these forms of depressions.  One must not allow the clutter of thought to become attached to a chain of depressive memories.

It is important that we understand this aspect of our life, without becoming paranoid about our environment.  Rather adapting to the environment and complying with all its needs and demands.

 Our mind holds all the answers and is open during times of depression to provide us with solutions.

Another form of depression is due to a chemical imbalance due to a lack of vitamins and minerals.  Our body continually absorbs pollutants daily from today’s modern environment, which in turn destroys the natural state of our being, sending it out of balance. 

This inflicts onto our thoughts by creating a motionless state of a part, or the whole of our physical being, creating confusion between the mind and the body. 

Failing to identify this imbalance within our system and not supplementing it with what we intuitively and physically feel we are lacking, the suffering of the unknown will grow and strengthen. 

As we cannot recognise what is taking place the pain becomes more severe, causing total chaos in our thought processes, leading to darkness and trauma.

Only our mind is able to analyse and guide us into finding the correct foods and/or supplements to restore our physical wellbeing.

Question your mind and listen to your intuitions.  Do not allow intrusions or suggestions from others to dictate your own belief of the truth.  You will reach the right conclusion.  This will become apparent once the attention to your self is achieved.

Let your mind go and your body will follow

March 15, 2010

This quote in the title is from the movie LA Story (1991). And it is very appropriate for the work that is done at the Mind Clinic. I just wanted to let you know a little more information with you about what the Mind Clinic does, by sharing some of our mental physical rehabilitation success stories with you.

 The most important thing to remember is that if you want to overcome your mental physical conditions with the help of the Mind Clinic, the responsbility is yours – you need to unlock the power of your mind, and then keep at it. The Mind Clinic can only help you to help yourself. Training your mind is a rigorous task and needs to be employed with discipline in order to halt and reverse a condition – the thought of recovery must always be at the forefront of your mind. I know that sounds like hard work but mind instruction is a way of life, but once you have learnt it, and stick with it, you can use it to overcome any problem.

 At the Mind Clinic, we believe that no matter your injury or illness, be it severe head injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, or Alzheimer’s disease, the consciousness is always whole and complete, and possesses the blueprint memories of our able-bodied selves that can be accessed for healing. However, all the negative attitudes and emotions that people pick up interfere with accessing these healing blueprints. For example, when learning that they have only six months to live, cancer patients often die within that time period because an authority figure has imprinted that expectation in their consciousness. This is where you need to use the power of your mind.

Ok so mind instruction is hard work, but there are plenty of people who have managed it. And you can check out these videos and stories below to see people who have achieved just this….

 For example, Guy Harris suffered from a spinal injury, when he was knocked over by a lorry crossing a road in Sheffield. He visited the Mind Clinic and started to undertake both mental and physical training. I have already explained the mental effort involved, but don’t underestimate the physical effort too  – think of your hardest workout in the gym, and then multiply it by at least 10.

But the hard work pays off, Guy is now noticing progress every day – more tension in the legs, more muscle mass, exercises that were hard becoming easy. According to Guy, key to this is understanding that to control our bodies we must first learn to control our emotions. Only through greater self-awareness can we achieve this.

 In October 2009, Guy learnt to control his legs and knees by stepping up and down. He builds up tension through mind instructions allowing the up-down action.  Check out the video here

And then, amazingly, in February 2010, he was able to walk, after being told that he would never walk again. He is now working on putting the heel down as part of the natural step. Here is the video

For full information on Guy’s recovery see www.myscirecovery.com

But it may not be about paralysis, it may be that pain is more the problem. For example, Alexandra fell off a horse playing polo and injured her back in 2002. She was in too much pain to walk for the next 6 weeks, and used a wheelchair, but gradually recovered. However, over the next five years she would get flare-ups of intense pain in her lower back, and down both of her legs. These flare-ups got worse and worse, and each doctor would put her on stronger painkillers. Alexandra became physically dependent on her painkillers and suffered severe withdrawal symptoms when she tried to stop taking them. 

She then decided to use mind instruction to take control of her own life. It took two weeks for Alexandra to get off all painkillers, become free from pain, and even to get a job. Coming from a scientific and medical background, Alexandra liked to have explanations for problems, and logical ways to fix them. But through mind instruction, she gained a deeper understanding of how the body works, and how to use the power of the mind.

 You can find out more patient stories here.

 If you have any questions about any of the work, or any thoughts, please put them in the comments box below. We would love to hear what you think.

Understanding Depression series: #1 Natural Depression

March 12, 2010

Understanding depression produces far greater benefits than accepting current perceptions about depression, which can easily cause further restrictions.

The simplest and most common form of depression is the influence of the atmosphere.  The atmosphere is forever changing, whether climatically or through alterations in pressure.  These variations affect all of us naturally, as well as every living thing on Earth in one form or another. 

This type of depression is part of our every day life, the daily ups and downs that we naturally feel. However, our feelings can become easily magnified by the influence of our emotions, imagination and lack of understanding as to why we feel this way.

This is not an isolated feeling. You will notice that other people will feel the same. Certain types of energies react to atmospheric pressure in the same way; hence the low point is spread over a population rather than just affecting an individual.

This type of depression reflects our natural self, a form of regenerating our energy. A natural depression serves its purpose and must never be mistaken for other forms of deeper depressions. A natural depression can last from one day to a week or two then it will shift naturally.

Like the cycle of the day and the night, after darkness comes light. The pressure lifts and we feel vibrant again, forgetting that we were ever miserable.

 Natural depression is an important part of our existence that must be embraced and understood. We must learn to adapt and comply with the needs and demands of our ever-changing environment, without letting it control us.