You Can Overcome The Depression That Accompanies CHF
Congestive heart failure, or CHF, is among the most commonly found chronic illnesses in America. Nearly five million people live with this condition, and 500,000 more are diagnosed with it every year. This disease can be slightly problematic, or it can become disabling and impair normal life.
People with CHF experience numerous changes from their usual daily activities. They must take medicines to relieve fluid buildup and to decrease the exertion of their heart muscle. Some of these cause depression and exhaustion. These medicines can also impair physical relationships with a life partner.
Another problem that individuals with this condition face is the requirement for major diet adjustments. Many must stop eating beef, avoid foods high in fats or salt, or restrict the amount of liquids they consume every day. These people are encouraged to diet and exercise to stay as healthy as they can.
The truth is, however, persons with congestive heart failure do not possess as much physical endurance as they previously did. Rather, they must stand by while friends and relatives play volleyball, swim, or work out. This leads to despair and inadequacy. Additionally, many victims grieve their loss of physical health and energy.
Many patients who encounter this and are not yet of retirement age also have to stop working. In addition to creating money problems and anxiety, this can increase feelings of isolation and loneliness. They are completely alone. Rather than of bantering with the worker at the neighboring workspace, they stare at the television while everyone else continues their live.
At times, patients take depression or anxiety medicines to manage these issues. Alternatively, people may opt for psychotherapy or group therapy to help them with meeting socialization needs and processing the mourning induced by their newly restricted lifestyles.
A more effective method of managing this form of depression, however, has gained recent attention and achieved almost immediate popularity among patients who have trialed it. Additionally, unlike medicines or psychotherapy, this approach is quite inexpensive. Clients can learn to use it without encountering further money stresses.
This technique, which utilizes a blend of Ericksonian hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), assists people to begin to relax and find peace and tranquility in their daily lives. These therapies teach individuals to acknowledge the new restrictions of life with CHF while aiding them to continue living life as completely as possible. Even depression that results from medication can be easily treated with the successful application of the techniques utilized by hypnotherapy and NLP. Two of these techniques are anchoring and the Flash.
Ericksonian Hypnotherapy is often referred to as conversational hypnotherapy. It includes techniques for providing post-hypnotic ideas rooted in a discussion or metaphor. The benefit of this technique is that it removes the subconscious opposition to directly suggested actions that is almost always encountered when using more conventional forms of hypnosis.
With anchoring, hypnotists and NLP Practitioners instruct people to concentrate on positive thoughts and situations from the past in which they felt relaxed and capable. As the client becomes immersed in these memories, they are able to re-experience those positive feelings. The client then learns to make a concrete anchor for these emotions by touching two fingers in contact with one another. The subconscious mind makes a connection between the actual touch of the two fingers, and the positive emotions. Later, when the client encounters a stressful or upsetting situation, an anchor is triggered by touching together these same two fingers, evoking emotions of peace and calm. The Flash technique is also quite useful to people who are trying to conquer depression. The Flash technique programs the brain to automatically use the negative thoughts that are creating stress and depression, as triggers for beneficial thoughts that stimulate calm and happiness. Over time, people usually find themselves almost unable to think negative thoughts!
Summary: People with congestive heart failure typically encounter depression as a result of grieving the decline of their physical health and well-being. Other factors that sometimes contribute to depression are medications and money worries. Both Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and NLP provide excellent techniques for assisting people to manage depression without having to expend huge amounts of time and money.
About the Author:
Alan B. Densky, CH is a certified hypnotist and NLP Practitioner. He has helped thousands of clients since 1978. He offers CDs for self-hypnosis therapy for depression. Visit his NeuroVISION self help site for the hypnosis article repository, or watch his free video hypnosis collection.
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