When The Happy Pills Won't Work
Article by Georgina Bell MBIH Did. Hyp. (Master), offering Quantum Therapy, Hypnotherapy, NLP and EFT in Wirral, Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.
"The antidepressant Prozac and related drugs do not work in the majority of depressed patients" reports psychiatrist David Healy in the New Scientist (February 2008)
The latest studies confirm long-held suspicions that the effectiveness of these 'wonder drugs' has been dramatically overstated. "It confirms that GPs should not be dishing these drugs out as first-line treatment for mild depression," Mr. Healey told New Scientist.
Are more and more 'happy' pills the answer to our problems? Is there any alternative? Mind, the mental health charity, reports that the number of prescriptions for anti-depressants has hit an all-time high. More than 31 million prescriptions a year in the UK!
While tablets may help as a short-term crutch to slow the slide into depression, the fact is that there is no magic pill to sort out the underlying emotional causes, so pills are not a sensible long-term solution.
Right now an estimated 1.5 million people in the UK between 16 and 75 are suffering from depression and a further 2.7 million are suffering from anxiety. Many will suffer in silence, so, in a cycle of despair, it is not surprising that depression is the cause of 70% of recorded suicides.
Emotional Healing specialist Gina Bell of Quantum Therapy finds that depression, sadness, feeling 'down' are most often symptoms of our being stuck in the past, going over and over our negative experiences and the related emotions of guilt, hurt, anger, failure, asking why did this happen? why did I do that? And anxiety is very often triggered by trying to anticipate the future before it arrives, constantly asking that debilitating question: what if? and imagining the worst scenario.
Quantum Therapy teaches clients to:
(1) let go of the past ... our life is a journey of experiences, some good, some not good, but, whatever has happened, it is history. No amount of re-living the past can change it. So learn lessons from it, yes, but don't keep looking back. It's time to learn to let go and move on!.
(2) let the future unfold in its own way and in its own good time, trusting that everything will be fine, but stop trying to cross your bridges before you come to them!
(3) learn to LIVE IN THE NOW - one moment at a time. Think of it like stepping stones. Whatever difficulties your journey presents you can make it if you just take it step by step, moment by moment.
So the message is: Change your thinking, change your life. As Lisa Nichols observed in 'The Secret'. "What you think about you bring about. Your whole life is a manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head." (http://thesecret.tv/).
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