What lies in the dark subconscious expanse of our psyche?
What causes the words we hear in our mind?
What internal dynamics of our psyche produce depression, panic attacks and obsessions?
How learning what resides in the deep recesses of our mind can bring back the love and wonder of childhood?
Depression is a highly prevalent psychological disorder that affects people of all age groups, across the world.
It is like looking at the world through darkly coloured glasses that distort and darken reality in a negative way.
When a person is depressed, he is more likely to think about any normal event in a pessimistic way.
Clinical depression is simply loss of pleasure in activities that used to be fun and exciting.
People often have feelings of sadness, hopelessness and pessimism rather than joy, spontaneity and optimism when they are under the effect of depression.
People in depression experience physical symptoms as well eg. difficulty in sleeping, poor concentration and memory, low energy levels and change in appetite.
Momentary sadness or hopelessness should not be mistaken for depression. The characteristics of a depressed mind which needs attention, care and even treatment are:
<li>A depressed person feels low all the time and nothing seems to lift his /her mood.</li>
<li>There are feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness, with no hope for a change for the better.</li>
<li>When in depression, sadness is all-pervasive, transcending joyous events and occurrences.</li>
<li>The person feels hatred and anger, disappointed with oneself for lack of ability and control to deal with negative thoughts.</li>
<li>The depressed person finds it difficult to deal with his/her situation and feelings are suppressed. But suppressed feelings direct their fury to the outside world.</li>
<li>The person is full of self-esteem-sapping dysfunctional thoughts.</li>
Dealing with such clinical depression is not easy. Traditional medical treatment tries to deal with neurotransmitters on one hand and with the resulting anxieties on the other. Cognitive therapies and counseling are also used as adjunct treatments. But in many cases, they do not give the desired results. In fact, sometimes, they may even affect the alertness of mind thereby further affecting ability for self healing.
In my experience, understanding and ventilation of inner emotions to confront and overcome depression are of prime importance in its treatment.
To get in touch with the deeper part of self, helping one to recognize and acknowledge one’s own strengths and unique qualities is the starting point of the cure from depression.
Therapies such as Music Therapy, Sound and Resonance Therapy, Art Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy and Bioguided Music Therapy are some of the complementary and alternative therapies beyond counseling which help in tackling depression at the root cause level.
The therapeutic intention of the above therapies is to assist the individual towards the acquisition of his inner goals and objectives.
Music and Art are particularly suitable vehicles to navigate our life’s journey. They give an outward expression or ventilation to our suppressed emotions. A person who has experienced great emotional turbulence is then able to calm and regulate himself with the help of these therapies. They soften his heart and lift his sprits.
Once problematic areas are identified, acknowledged and worked through , individuals can re-create their ability for more positive self-belief and behavior, giving them a sense of self-control and well-being. This starts a virtuous cycle, in one’s mind, of positive energy, optimism and a sense of power over negative thoughts which then help to blow away the blues and blacks of depression.
Let me illustrate this by a real case study of a patient of mine.
<h3><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>Case Study –</strong></span></h3>
A lady aged 47 came to my clinic along with her husband .
Well educated and well versed but she had become a patient of depression at an early stage of life .She could, however, over come her depression within a short period of time with family support .
Got married and was living happily with a daughter and caring husband .
‘Empty Nest Syndrome’, however, triggered another episode of depression as her daughter moved to U.S.A. for further studies last year.
Since then, she had been witnessing mood swings with no coping skills or strength .
She had lot of hobbies, was a keen Golfer and loved to experiment with new dishes.
Having lost all her interest in above , she was now brooding with negative thoughts and used to remain in the bed most of the day.
The challenge was for her to break out of mood swings and live a constructive life but she felt helpless in turning the tide. Recognizing that she needs outside intervention, she took efforts to find me on my website and traveled a long distance distance to meet me.
The first session with me was spent in ventilation of her issues ,nature of mood swings , procrastination , fear for her daughter’s safety overseas etc.
In the next session, she was made to relax on the Sound Bed, where I administered to her bath of music and resonance from different musical instruments in a harmonious combination.
She started to calm down and took a mental journey to a place of her choice where she found peace and relaxation.
On alighting from the Sound Bed, she had a bright smile and relaxed look.
Her anxiety levels which were high at 8 , on a scale of 1 to 10, came down to 3.
With every session, she could move forward, accepting the situation, leading a normal life and finding pleasures in what she likes to do.
Today, she looks at her life with optimism, positive energy and thankfulness for what she has and she has achieved in life. Depression is now only a memory.