Overcome The Depression That Accompanies CHF - By: Alan Densky
Congestive heart failure, or CHF, is one of the most common chronic health conditions in America. Nearly five million people suffer from this disease, and half a million more develop CHF every year. This condition can be mild, or it can become quite severe and impair daily living.
People with CHF have numerous deviations from their previous daily activities. They must take medications to relieve water buildup and to lessen the work performed by their heart muscle. Many of these cause anxiety and exhaustion. These drugs can also impair physical relationships with a life partner.
Another struggle that people with CHF encounter is the need for significant diet changes. Many must quit eating beef, avoid foods high in fat or sodium, or limit the amount of fluids they consume every day. These people are encouraged to diet and work to stay as healthy as they can.
Unfortunately, however, individuals with congestive heart failure no longer have as much physical endurance as they previously did. Instead, they must watch as friends and relatives play tennis, run, or work out. This results in despair and inadequacy. Furthermore, many victims mourn their loss of physical strength and wellness.
Many individuals who experience this and are not yet of retirement age must also quit working. As well as creating money problems and anxiety, this may worsen feelings of separation and seclusion. They are completely alone. Rather than of bantering with the person at the next workspace, they stare at the television while their friends continue living.
At times, sufferers take depression or anti-anxiety medications to manage these issues. Alternatively, people may choose psychotherapy or group treatment to help them with fulfilling belongingness needs and processing the grief created through their newly changed lifestyles.
A better way of coping with this kind of depression, however, has achieved recent recognition and gained almost immediate popularity with persons who have trialed it. Additionally, unlike medications or psychotherapy, this approach is quite economical. Clients are able to learn its use without experiencing additional money stresses.
This approach, which involves a combination of Ericksonian hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), assists individuals to begin to become calm and find harmony and serenity in their daily lives. These strategies assist people to acknowledge the new restrictions in their lives while instructing them to go on living life as completely as possible. Even depression that occurs because of drugs can be painlessly treated with the successful application of the methods utilized by hypnotherapy and NLP. Two such strategies are anchoring and the Flash.
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy is usually known as conversational hypnotherapy. It includes methods for supplying post-hypnotic suggestions rooted in a conversation or figure of speech. The benefit of this technique is that it eliminates the subconscious opposition to direct suggestions that is almost always encountered when using more conventional types of hypnotherapy.
Through anchoring, hypnotists and NLP Practitioners teach people to concentrate on happy thoughts and situations from the past in which they felt relaxed and capable. As the client becomes immersed in these recollections, they can re-experience those positive feelings. The client then creates a concrete anchor for these emotions by placing two fingers together. The unconscious mind creates a link between the actual touch of the two fingers, and the positive emotions. Later, upon encountering an anxiety-producing or upsetting situation, an anchor is elicited through placing together these same two fingers, evoking feelings of peace and calm.
The Flash technique is also quite helpful to people who are struggling to conquer depression. This approach programs the brain to automatically use those negative thoughts that are creating stress and depression, as triggers for beneficial thoughts that stimulate relaxation and happiness. Over time, clients usually become almost unable to think negative thoughts!
Summary: People with congestive heart failure typically experience depression as a result of mourning over loss of their physical health and well-being. Other elements that can contribute to depression are medications and financial stresses. Both Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and NLP provide excellent strategies for helping individuals to cope with depression without being forced to spend enormous quantities of time and money.
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Alan B. Densky, CH is a certified hypnotist and NLP Practitioner. Since 1978, he's helped thousands of clients. He offers CDs for self hypnosis therapy for depression. Visit his Neuro-VISION NLP website for the hypnosis article library, or watch his free video hypnosis collection.