Efficient Treatments For Heart Failure And Depression
Congestive heart failure, or CHF, is among the most commonly found chronic diseases in the United States. Almost five million people suffer from this condition, and 500,000 more are diagnosed with CHF each year. This condition may be mild, or it may become disabling and interfere with daily living.
Persons with CHF undergo numerous changes from their previous daily routines. They have to take medicines to relieve fluid accumulation and to decrease the exertion of their heart muscle. Many of these result in depression and exhaustion. These drugs may also hinder physical intimacy with a spouse or significant other.
One other struggle that persons with this disease face is the need for major diet changes. Many have to quit eating red meat, stay away from meals high in fats or salt, or restrict the amount of fluids they drink each day. They are instructed to diet and work to stay as healthy as they can.
Unfortunately, however, people with congestive heart failure no longer possess as much energy for physical activity as they previously did. Instead, they have to stand by while friends and family members play tennis, swim, or jog. This leads to despair and loneliness. In addition, many victims grieve losing of physical health and energy.
The majority of patients who experience this but have not yet reached retirement age must also quit working. As well as causing money problems and anxiety, this can worsen feelings of separation and seclusion. They are completely alone. Rather than of chatting with the worker at the neighboring workspace, they watch TV while everyone else continues their live.
Sometimes, people take depression or anxiety medicines to cope with these losses. Others choose psychotherapy or group therapy to assist them with fulfilling belongingness needs and working through the grief created through their freshly restricted lifestyles.
A healthier way of coping with this kind of depression, however, has gained recent attention and gained practically instant popularity with persons who have tried it. Additionally, unlike medicines or counseling therapies, this approach is quite inexpensive. Clients are able to learn to use it without experiencing further financial hardship.
This approach, which involves a combination of Ericksonian hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), aids clients to learn to become calm and seek peace and serenity in their daily lives. These techniques help individuals to acknowledge the new limitations in their lives while aiding them to continue living life as completely as possible. Even depression that results from medication can be easily treated through the successful use of the methods available through hypnosis and NLP. Two such techniques are anchoring and the Flash.
Ericksonian Hypnosis is often known as conversational hypnosis. It offers methods for supplying post-hypnotic ideas embedded in a conversation or figure of speech. The benefit of this method is that it eliminates the subconscious opposition to directly suggested actions that is almost always encountered when using more conventional styles of hypnotherapy.
Through anchoring, hypnotists and NLP Practitioners teach clients to focus on happy thoughts and memories in which they felt calm and capable. As the client becomes engrossed in these memories, they can re-experience those positive feelings. The client then learns to make a physical anchor for these emotions by touching two fingers together. The subconscious mind makes a link between the actual touch of these two fingers, and the good emotions. Later, upon encountering an anxiety-producing or depressing moment, an anchor is elicited through touching together these same two fingers, evoking feelings of peace and calm.
The Flash method is also quite useful to people who are trying to conquer depression. This approach programs the brain to instantaneously utilize the negative thoughts that are causing stress and sadness, as triggers for positive perspectives that will create relaxation and happiness. With practice, people soon become almost unable to have negative thoughts!
Summary: Persons with congestive heart failure often experience sadness as a result of grieving over loss of their physical health and strength. Other components that sometimes help cause depression include medications and financial stresses. Both Ericksonian Hypnosis and NLP offer excellent techniques for assisting clients to cope with sadness without being forced to put forth enormous amounts of time and money.
Alan B. Densky, CH specializes in stress and depression related symptoms as an NGH certified hypnotist. He's helped thousands of clients since 1978. He offers CDs for self hypnosis depression therapy. Visit his Neuro-VISION NLP site for the hypnosis article library, or watch his free video hypnosis collection.
Published July 8th, 2008
Filed in Health