Successful Treatments For Heart Failure And Depression
Congestive heart failure, or CHF, is one of the most common chronic health problems in the United States. Nearly five million individuals suffer from this condition, and half a million others are diagnosed with it each year. This disease can be slightly problematic, or it can become quite severe and interfere with daily living.
Persons with CHF experience many changes from their previous daily activities. They have to take drugs to relieve fluid buildup and to reduce the exertion of their heart tissue. Some of these result in anxiety and fatigue. These medicines can also impair physical relationships with a spouse or significant other.
One other problem that individuals with this condition face is the requirement for major dietary adjustments. Many have to stop eating red meat, stay away from foods with a lot of fat or salt, or restrict the amount of fluids they consume each day. They are instructed to diet and exercise to keep their bodies as fit as possible.
The truth is, however, people with congestive heart failure no longer have as much physical endurance as they previously did. Instead, they have to watch as friends and family members play volleyball, swim, or work out. This leads to isolation and loneliness. Furthermore, many sufferers grieve their loss of physical strength and wellness.
The majority of people who experience this but have not yet reached retirement age also have to stop working. As well as creating money problems and depression, this may increase feelings of isolation and seclusion. They are completely alone. Instead of chatting with the person at the next desk, they stare at TV while their friends continue their live.
Occasionally, patients take depression or anti-anxiety drugs to cope with these losses. Others opt for psychotherapy or group therapy to help them with fulfilling socialization needs and working through the grief induced by their freshly restricted lives.
A better method of dealing with this kind of depression, however, has gained recent attention and achieved almost immediate approval with individuals who have tried it. Additionally, unlike drugs or psychotherapy, this technique is quite economical. People can learn to use it without encountering additional financial hardship.
This technique, which utilizes a combination of Ericksonian hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), assists individuals to begin to become calm and find peace and serenity in their daily lives. These therapies assist people to acknowledge the new restrictions in their lives while aiding them to continue living life to the fullest extent that they are able. Even depression that results from medication can be painlessly lessened through the successful application of the techniques available through hypnosis and NLP. Two such strategies are anchoring and the Flash.
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy is typically known as conversational hypnosis. It offers techniques for supplying post-hypnotic ideas rooted in a conversation or metaphor. The benefit of this technique is that it eliminates the subconscious opposition to directly suggested actions that is almost always included in the use of more conventional styles of hypnosis.
With anchoring, hypnotherapists and NLP Practitioners coach people to focus on positive thoughts and situations from the past where they felt relaxed and capable. As the individual is progressively engrossed in these memories, they can experience these emotions once more. The individual then creates a physical anchor for these feelings by touching two fingers together. The subconscious mind creates a connection between the physical touch of the two fingers, and the positive feelings. Afterward, when the client encounters an anxiety-producing or depressing moment, an anchor is triggered through touching together the two fingers, evoking emotions of peacefulness and calm.
The Flash technique is also quite useful to individuals who are trying to overcome depression. The Flash technique programs the brain to instantaneously utilize the destructive thoughts that are creating stress and depression, as triggers for positive thoughts that will create relaxation and tranquility. Over time, clients soon become almost unable to have negative thoughts!
Summary: Persons with congestive heart failure often experience depression as a result of mourning the loss of their physical health and strength. Other components that sometimes help cause depression include medicines and money worries. Both Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and NLP offer superior strategies for assisting individuals to cope with depression without being forced to expend huge quantities of time and money.
Alan B. Densky, CH specializes in stress and depression related symptoms as an NGH certified hypnotherapist. He's helped thousands of clients since 1978. He offers CDs for hypnotic therapy for depression. Visit his Neuro-VISION hypnosis site for the hypnosis article library, or watch his free videos on hypnosis.
Published July 8th, 2008
Filed in Health