Anxiety and Depression
What is the difference and how can BodyTalk help?
Anxiety: The dictionaries definition of anxiety is a feeling of worry or nervousness, an unease about something, where the perception of the outcome is clouded in uncertainty.
We must all remember that anxiety is a normal human emotion. Everyone will experience anxiety at sometime or other, whether it is when you walk in to an exam, have a problem at work, are asked to give a public talk or even walking down the aisle on your wedding day. We all suffer from the uncertainties that manifest as anxieties.
An anxiety disorder however is very different; it can manifest as panic attacks, phobias, excessive worry that causes such distress it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. For people with an anxiety disorder the fear and worry can be overwhelming and very, very real.
If anxiety manifests in the form of a panic attack the person will often feel as if they are having a heart attack, they will have chest pain, their heart beat may feel irregular, they may feel pressure on the chest, not be able to breath and sweat profusely. This can be terrifying. I have had a number of clients who said that they genuinely felt that they were about to die.
It can also manifest as social anxiety, this to can be debilitating; you become overly conscious and worried about every day social situations and your fear of being judged or behaving in a way that may garner ridicule becomes overwhelming. I had a young student who would not get up to leave a room unless everyone else had gotten up, he was terrified that the other children would snigger and laugh at him.
A phobia is another form of anxiety. The overwhelming fear of something specific. The level of fear is usually disproportionate to the situation.
Then there is the general anxiety disorder which is an excessive and unrealistic worry, where the person is often not sure what exactly it is that they are worried about. Sometimes the perceived threat has never happened to them, but has happened to others so the anxiety becomes the potential threat.
The general symptoms of anxiety include:<,/b>
- Feelings of panic, fear and unease
- Sleep problems
- Sweaty and cold hands and feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Cannot sit still or be calm
- Dry mouth
- Numbness of the hands and feet
- Muscle tension
Severe and long lasting stress can cause changes in the way nerve cells transmit information from one part of the brain to the other. These imbalances can have a severe impact on the individuals mind and body . Creating shifts that can have serious and long lasting consequences.
Changes in brain structures can also take place when people have memories linked to strong emotions ie. Trauma – hijacking, robbery, abuse or abandonment.
How you respond to environmental factors will directly influence the structures of your brain and influence future deep rooted subconscious responses.
Things happen............... how we respond to them is the question and the choice.
Depression: The dictionaries definition is: Feelings of severe dispondancy and dejection.
Approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression and women are 70% more likely to become depressed than men.
Feeling depressed is a normal reaction to loss, life’s struggles or injury to your self esteem. It is important in situations to honour those feelings because they are part of the healing process, but if those feelings of depression last for weeks and months and they keep you from functioning normally then the feelings that you have may be more than sadness.
Doctors diagnose depression if you have at least five of the following symptoms;
- You are depressed (down) all day
- You have no energy most days (lethargic)
- You cannot sleep
- You are disinterested in life
- You have thoughts of death or suicide
- You are restless.
- You have significant weight loss or gain
- You feel empty inside
- You have persistent aches and pains
- You have digestive problems
The above have to be present every day or almost every day and they have to have a significant effect on your daily life causing distress or impairment in functioning or both.
There are a number of different types of depression;
Postpartum depression; which can occur during pregnancy but more commonly after the baby’s birth
Substance induced depression; whether they are legal, prescribed by your doctor or illegal substances
Psychotic depression; where the person experiences delusions and or hallucinations.
Chronic depression; where the individual is depressed on most days for at least 2 years.
Major depression; where feelings of sadness, loss, anger and frustration interfere with everyday life.
Secondary depression; can occur after the development of a medical conditions such as Parkinsons, cancer or a stroke.
Masked depression; which is the depression hidden behind physical complaints.
Certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine can influence both moods and pain so it is not unusual for depressed people to have physical symptoms.
Depression is not just the domain of the adult, children and teens can also suffer from depression and of course anxiety. This is a very real problem today as our children and teens have a lot of pressure on them to perform and to conform. A parent will notice that the child displays a demeanor of sadness, lethargy, looses his/her joy of life, looses their appetite or eats uncontrollably, Depression is second only to heart attacks as the leading cause of disability in the world.
People often feel that they are being weak when asking for help, just because they feel down or their behaviour is limiting their life experience. Often family members do not understand that this dis-ease is as septic as a cancer. Intervention is key as depression and suicide go hand in hand. Between the ages of 10 and 24 suicide is the leading cause of death.
Depression often occurs with other illnesses such as anxiety, eating disorders or chronic illness.
So as you can see anxiety and depression are not the same, but often they are treated together. Why? Because it is not uncommon for anxiety to trigger depression and for those who are depressed to experience anxiety.
How can Body Talk help ?
Body Talk is one of the most effective tools that I have encountered in helping depression and anxiety. The reason being that your practitioner has the ability to not just treat the symptom i.e. insomnia, but to actually find the route cause of the disease.
Partnered with this, by tapping on the head and the heart we can balance the patterns and pathways in the bodymind allowing them revert back to what they were before the disease established itself.
We have a number of places within the protocol chart to link to when dealing with depression, one example is ‘Active Memory’ where we can latch on to a past relationship, a lifetime event, a traumatic event or even something that happened while you were in-utro . What we allow is for the emotional attachment to this event to be released, so that it no longer impacts your current life. Years ago I had a young boy who was depressed and angry, his father got the brunt of his anger and sullenness. His mother indicated that him and the father had not bonded from the time of his birth. When we did an active memory release it turned out that when his mom had fallen pregnant the father was not happy. Once we had released that memory of not being wanted the relationship between father and son shifted dramatically, from the son ignoring the father on a daily basis to asking him advice on girls and life in general. It changed the whole dynamic within the household and he immediately became a happier, more relaxed and more confident person.
Another route the protocol chart may take us on is an ‘emotional release’, as we often do not deal with things immediately, we store them and when we forget about them we feel as if we have dealt with them. One always has to remember that your cells are like computer hard drives remembering every incident in your lives, if you do not deal with these incidents they can lead to a systems failure. Depression, anxiety, Fibro myalgia, heart attacks and cancers.
The other link that I often get is an 8th Chakra release, where the person is carrying someone else’s pain or unhappiness. Think about how many times you have wanted to take on the pain or unhappiness of your children. Just like that the body sometimes takes on the pain and unhappiness of those who have gone before us. The 8th Chakra release is often the link when we are dealing with fears and phobias as sometimes there is no logical explanation of why a person has a fear of heights or snakes.
Body Talk alerts the brain to these imbalances, it highlights where we are storing these imbalances and it gives us the tools to remove them.
Please note a body talk practitioner will never diagnose you with depression or anxiety or ask you to stop taking your tablets.
Some people are just born with low levels of certain hormones and so it would be remiss of us to make that call, but what we can do is facilitate healing to such an extent that you may find that less medication is as effective as the higher dosage you were taking.
Body Talk also balances the hormones released into your body and allows your body to function at its optimal potential.
Every BODY wants to be happy and healthy and bodytalk is the way to achieve this state of harmony on an emotional, physical and spiritual level.
We do not assume what the cause of the dis-ease is, rather we talk to your body through the use of the protocol chart, allowing it to plot its own course to fast, effective and long lasting healing.
When I see clients with depression I also suggest that while they are doing their body talk sessions they also start trying to do the following:
- Spend time in nature, sit on the grass, lean against a tree, go for a hike
- Be around people who are positive, who support and love you.
- Accept the fact that you will make mistakes, but instead of seeing them as mistakes see them as learning opportunities.
- Eat well and healthily – 70% of the serotonin (feel good hormone) released into your body comes from your gut.
- Take time for yourself.
- Forgive yourself and forgive others.
- Be grateful for your blessings, no matter how small, remember the life that you are living is a life others only dream about.
Testimonial: Andrea Polito written by his wife Jaqui Polito:
My husband has suffered from a “Chemical Imbalance” in his brain for more than thirty years. He was told that he would be on prescription medication for life.
It all started in May 1996 when Andrea was transferred to Cape Town. He had lived on a plot, in a nice house with a big garden and lots of animals and moved to a tiny house with no garden and of course no animals, he was working 16 hours a day – 7 days a week. In the first 3 weeks Andrea got Flu, the doctor in Cape Town prescribed normal cold and flu medication, this had a nasty reaction and Andrea landed up in a hospital with SUICIDAL DEPRESSION. He was there for two weeks – When he was released we decided to move to a plot, where he once again had the space and his animals
At this stage he was on Aropax (40mg) per day. Over time he reduced this to Aropax (20mg) per day and we were under the impression he would be on it life so as to maintain a semblance of normality in his life.
In October 2014, a parent at my day-care mentioned that she had been to a Homeopath, that she was feeling better than she had ever felt and full of energy. Andrea was very keen as he was looking at the possibility of getting off the Aropax medication completely. He was weaned off the 20mg of Aropax daily but was taking eight other different tablets and powders daily.
By end of November 2014 Andrea was completely off Aropax 20mg, but he kept complaining about feeling really weird. He said he felt like he was in a tunnel and went back to the Homeopath almost on a weekly basis. He was becoming even more depressed, the Homeopath tried to change and amend the medication, but nothing worked.
By December 2014 Andrea took a downward spiral and things got really bad, he was constantly depressed and moody and had no will to live. He kept saying he wished he was dead. He had no interest in his animals, his family, his friends and wanted to just sleep all the time. It was really hard to watch.
At the end of January 2015 Andrea was still not feeling any better, he was complaining about a burning sensation in his stomach. We thought it may be an ulcer and went to see our local GP. The Doctor took one look at Andrea and referred him to the in-house Psychiatrist, she immediately put Andrea onto 60mg NUZAK, but Andrea did not feel any better and was constantly in pain. He said he was feeling much worse than before and asked the doctor to put him back on Aropax(20mg) but she could not just change so again it was a case of weaning him off one then onto another.
Eventually after a month with no positive change the Psychiatrist decided to book Andrea into a Clinic in Centurion for two weeks, to monitor him and have him go for therapy.
I put a post on Face book and my friend from Matric – Caryn Childs saw it and she messaged me asking if she could perhaps help me. I was willing to try anything at this stage and sent her a picture and Andrea’s name.
Andrea was dropped off at the clinic at 11am – Caryn did a long distance session on Andrea at 13h30 by 7pm when we visited him there was already a significant difference in his whole being. He was walking upright, he looked happy and relaxed. He was glowing………………….I still teased him and told him it looked like he was enjoying being in hospital.
Caryn continued to do distance sessions on Andrea and by the third session he had made such a remarkable recovery that even the Psychiatrist was amazed. It was when Andrea was discharge from the clinic that I mentioned the Body Talk healing to the Psychiatrist. (They do not believe in this form of treatment at all)
We requested that the NUZAK(60mg) be cancelled and Andrea go back onto Aropax (20mg). With Caryn’s assistance and help Andrea is now only taking 12,5mg of Aropax every second day. Andrea has been to see Caryn almost monthly now and is 150% better than he has ever been.
Over the last six months we have seen a major change in Andrea all round. All his aches and pains are gone, he is more positive than ever before, doing his hobbies again and he has the will to live. He is interested in life again.
He still sees Caryn every month – or every four weeks.
I would not have believed in the work that Caryn does had I not seen the results first hand myself. With her remarkable Body Talk I have my husband back and so much more
– there are not enough words to express how much we appreciate what you have done for our family.
HDE (Art) Certified in Psychotherapy; Art Therapy and BodyTalk