Treating Depression: It’s All In The Mind

Image credit: Mary Lock
                 Image credit: Mary Lock

The World Health Organization estimates around 121 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression. In reality the figure is probably much higher, as many sufferers are not aware they have clinical depression. A combination of anxiety and depression is the number one form of mental health problems.

Treating clinical depression is a subject of some debate. In the west, most people will naturally be steered to a psychiatrist or psychoanalyst who will invariably prescribe antidepressants. Some patients will react positively to the prescription, whilst others continue to struggle with depression.

Studies show that between 40 and 50% of patients prescribed antidepressant medication do not react well to the drugs. Research shows it can take three or four attempts to match the right drug with a patient’s chemical makeup. This is why sceptics say antidepressants don’t work although studies have been inconclusive.

One particular study, undertaken at the University of Connecticut by Irving Kirsch and Guy Sapirstein, concluded that 75% of patients given a placebo drug rather than an antidepressant did recover. It was determined that it was the power of belief in the patient that the medicine would cure them that actually cured them, rather than a direct chemical reaction on the brain. Therefore, it is the power of suggestion rather than the drugs that is most effective.

Psychosomatic v placebo

The placebo effect is common knowledge (I think) and physicians acknowledge it is possible for patients to be cured partly in thanks to the “phenomenon”. In reality, it is the patient’s belief that the drug is curing them rather than the actual drug. The principles are the same as psychosomatic healing – a subject which does not get any coverage in mainstream media, quell surprise!

Dr Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, thought to be the first psychoanalyst and a pioneer in mental and spiritual healing, discovered that negative thought patterns lodged in the subconscious mind created grounds for false belief and fear. He believed that illness is caused by twisted patterns of thought in the mind, thus can therefore be remedied by changing your thought patterns.

Dr Joseph Murphy, author of “The Power of the Subconscious Mind” alludes to the same thing. He puts forward with great scientific reasoning and experience from helping his own patients that the healing power of the subconscious mind is due to the “faith and expectancy on the part of the patient.”

The power of the mind

Psychosomatic healing therefore is no different than a placebo. If a sick person can change their mental attitude they will cure their sickness – just as they created it. This is especially true of clinical depression. To understand how you can cure illness, you need to understand how your mind works.

Scientific research has shown that negative thoughts and emotions such as anger, jealousy, hate etc, excrete toxic chemicals into the body which cause various types of illness. The condition is therefore being creating by your habitual thinking. Thought is received as a pattern of neural firings in the cerebral cortex which houses your subconscious reasoning.

Your subconscious mind, or soul, is the seat of your emotions and behaves in response to your conscious thinking and experiences. It does not have a mind of its own per se, but reacts to the command of your thoughts. Therefore if you have a lot of negative thoughts, and say things like “I can’t do it,” or “It’s no use,” and “I’ll never meet anyone,” you a releasing toxic chemicals into your body that cause illness such as depression.

Furthermore, your subconscious mind is your creative mind. It determines the outcome of every event in your life based on the experiences, thoughts and conditioning it absorbs. It draws on infinite power, energy and is the true wisdom within you. Therefore if you keep saying “I can’t” you never will. This attitude will not cure depression.

Curing depression through positive thinking

Having established that negative thinking creates negative feelings, change the way you think. Whenever you catch yourself having a negative thought, stop, and rephrase the thought. For example, if you are out shopping and see a pair of shoes you want, but are put off by the price tag, rather than say, “I can’t afford them,” say “One day, I will buy them.”

The process of all healing is a positive mental attitude and the more positive you are the more accustomed your body will become to being a positive, happy person. Furthermore, your subconscious mind will take on board these affirmations and positive things will begin to happen in your life.

The laws of attraction are more complex than self help books like “The Secret” will lead you to belief, but metaphysicists acknowledge that if you are open-minded and receptive to your suggestion your subconscious mind will reveal to you everything you need to know at any given moment. Plato called this theory “innate ideas”. He said, you already know everything in life, you just haven’t realised it yet.

The phrase has been coined more recently as “infinite intelligence,” and there is evidence to support that if you have faith and conviction in your thoughts, and truly believe in your heart that your desires are possible, you can achieve your wishes. If you are depressed repeat these words every day.

I am powerful, happy, harmonious and blessed. I can achieve anything I want in life. It is so.

Practitioners of infinite intelligence say your “prayers” are strongest when the body and mind are still and you are in a peaceful state. Meditation is arguably the best practice, but if you do not know how to meditate, speak these words when you are in a lucid state before you go to sleep and when you wake up in the morning.

The more you repeat your wishes the more your conscious mind will believe it, thus your subconscious mind will manifest it. Stop the flow of toxic chemicals into your body and you won’t feel depressed. Instead, you will find that good things will happen in your life!

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