Anxiety & Depression - A Whole of Mind approach
Updated: Nov 25, 2019
Our bodies and minds have amazing ability to restore healthy balance.
Broken bodies heal themselves - infections are fought & overcome - we automatically adapt to temperature changes and anticipate and respond to threats....and we don't give it a conscious thought!
This self-righting, natural balance system - monitoring and adjusting our chemical and hormonal blood levels is working all the time to keep us “well” - physically and emotionally…and it’s managed by the mysterious Subconscious mind!
A SYSTEM IN BALANCE
One of the most important systems we all possess to keep us in physical and emotional balance is the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
Operating like a beam balance, the two parts of the ANS (the Sympathetic & Parasympathetic nervous systems) respond very differently to our circumstances and environment.
The Sympathetic Nervous System: Responds instinctively to physical danger and instantly prepares the body for “fight or flight" survival.
Heart rate increases, pupils dilate, glucose and adrenalin are poured into our blood stream increasing our muscle speed and power. Bowels and bladder are emptied. Functions not immediately needed for the "fight or flight" response, such as the digestive and reproductive systems and blood supply close to the skin - are temporarily suspended or reduced.
The Parasympathetic Nervous System; Once the “emergency” has passed, the Parasympathetic Nervous System returns the body to a more relaxed state, allowing recovery to begin, bringing the ANS back to balance (normal).
IMBALANCE IN THE SYSTEM.
The ANS anxiety response in human evolution was healthy and vital, providing “fight or flight” reactions in EMERGENCY situations - Escaping the jaws of a sabre toothed tiger demanded quick instinctive action!
The emotional triggers that fire the ANS into action today are everyday challenges - a workplace concern, a financial problem or a difficult relationship, rather than the fleeting appearance of a tiger.
Designed as a temporary stress response system the ANS is now under almost constant, unrelenting pressure. Not surprisingly, the result is an ongoing chemical and hormonal imbalance with consequentially damaging results. Anxiety, depression, migraine, anger, digestive, skin and sleep problems... the list of symptoms is extensive.
The perception of every "Threat" - the triggers that can overwhelm our autonomic nervous system - sit deep within our Subconscious. Here, in our "Feeling Mind", is the storehouse of all memories and past experiences. It’s from these memories and experiences that our beliefs, feelings, habits, and behaviours are formed.
IN TWO MINDS
So, the human mind is dominated by two key areas, each with very different but critical responsibilities :
The Conscious (Thinking) mind deals with the "Here & Now” practicalities of life, forming ideas and communicating to both the "outside" world and the "inner self" through speech, pictures, writing and physical movement. It's the words we speak and the voice in our head and our physical actions - but for all that noise, it represents only 10% of our mind power. The Conscious mind Directs us.
The Subconscious (Feeling) mind is the storehouse of all memories and past experiences, both those that have been repressed through trauma and those that have simply been consciously forgotten (are no longer important to us). It’s from these memories and experiences that our beliefs, feelings, habits, and behaviors are formed. Quiet, mysterious and unassuming, the subconscious is over 90% of our mind power. The Subconscious mind Drives us.
The Subconscious constantly communicates with the Conscious mind providing us with the meaning to all our interactions with the world, as filtered through our beliefs, experiences and habits. It communicates through feelings, emotions, imagination, sensations, and dreams. The subconscious mind is EXTREMELY powerful and dominates all of our behaviour.
When our Conscious and Subconscious minds are not aligned, when our thoughts and feelings are in conflict, we struggle. Worse still, our emotional "feeling" Subconscious will always dominate our "thinking" Conscious mind (90% v's 10%!!) Left unresolved, the results can be crippling, with mental anguish, anxiety, & depression with symptoms including memory loss, fatigue & insomnia, to chronic pain, skin & digestive disorders.
WHY THE CONFLICT?
Because each and every conscious thought is linked to a corresponding feeling before it is fully formed as a concept, there are millions of these links being created every day. Sometimes (actually pretty often!) the links are not quite right. In most cases our minds repair and rewire themselves (one of the functions of good quality sleep)- but sometimes they don’t.
Most difficulties relate to feelings that were created under traumatic circumstances (damaged links) or when we were young (before we had the vocabulary to clearly define the conscious thought). The result in either case is an inappropriate link and a conflict between our conscious “thought” and our powerful subconscious “feeling”.
The consequence is near permanent “Anxiety”.
RESOLVING THE CONFLICT
Private Subconscious Therapy (PST) is referred to by Psychologists as a “Bridging System Therapy”. Based on the concept of Neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to rewire itself) and the research works of eminent psychologist Milton Erickson, PST works on building better connections (bridges) between the conscious and subconscious mind.
By inducing a state of relaxation in a patient, PST therapists introduce both imagery and words to activate the subconscious, allowing the re-building of healthy, appropriate links or “bridges” with the Conscious mind. With the conscious and subconscious now aligned - thoughts and feelings are resolved - anxiety symptoms disappear.
Importantly, particularly for PTSD sufferers, because PST works at the subconscious level the therapist and client do not "explore" potential traumas or causes - meaning there is no need for discussions of past painful experiences.
Gentle, respectful and focused on a permanent solution, PST unlocks the capacity of the mind to deal with stress, anxiety & depression - restoring the body to balanced physical and mental health.
Need Help & Want to know more?
If you would like to know more about how you can resolve depression, anxiety and a wide range of negative thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms - quickly, gently and permanently in as few as 3 sessions, visit www.pstbythesea.com