It might be helpful to better understand this posting by reading this prior post:
In the late 1980s and early 1990s I had at least ten new chronically depressed clients that had been prescribed the new drug called, “Prozac”. All of these new clients were referrals from other previously depressed clients and none of these clients knew why they were depressed. None of my clients had situational depression.
These new clients were told by their family physicians that they had a “ chemical imbalance“. I always asked (tongue in cheek) if they had a blood test to verify their chemical imbalance condition. Their answer was always, “No!” And my response was always, “your doctor must be clairvoyant”.
After over fifty years the “chemical Imbalance” myth was finally debunked in 2022.
Understand me – I am a believer in medications that work! I hope one day a magical pill will end debilitating emotions like major depression. Meanwhile . . . .
After over thirty years not much progress has been made by adding talk therapy (CBT) to a medication treatment. Now a major ongoing international study has shown that adding psychotherapy treatment to antidepressant medication does not improve treatment outcomes in severely depressed patients.
Even back in the 1990s over 80% of my sessions were over the telephone (BTW blind therapists can be excellent therapists). I’m not visually challenged ; however, I knew I missed auditory cues. I alway told my clients when I recorded my phone sessions for my training.
Many years ago I thought I had destroyed all of these audio tapes. But, a few weeks ago (July 2022) I found a 1993 cassette audio of Mary doing a successful “Clean Language” Metaphor session on her major depression. A week later we did a follow up interview. Mary had been suffering from major depression for over thirty years and she was able to heal her depression in only one session, but first:
One of my favorite ways to work with these types of emotions are to use “Clean Language” interventions. I have the clients reimprint (add resources to) the original traumatic event that caused the emotion by using the “Back To The Future” intervention. This is a modification of David Grove’s “Healing the Wounded Child Within”. If a client heals the first time they experienced this emotion, this emotion will never be reexperienced again with the same intensity. The client is usually under the age of seven when this event occurred. See:
The second type of “Clean Language” intervention is “Working with Metaphors”. Metaphors are a container of information. This 8 minute audio with Mary 29 years ago is an example of the incompetent me working with Mary’s depression metaphor. Mary wanted to be off of Prozac.This session with Mary took place in 1993 and it was one of the first times I had worked with “Clean Language” Metaphors. In this audio session the emotion “depressed” is a “cloud metaphor” in her head:
Below is a 29 year unrehearsed follow up telephone interview with Mary. The interview was done in July 2022. It is 4 minutes long. Also note she also talks about healing her panic attacks in one session.
All emotional states have an origin. Sometimes depression and other debilitating emotional states can be permanently resolved, simply by using a different strategy other than what created the problem. Heal the memory or metaphor that created the emotion and it cannot be re-experienced the same way ever again.
So what happened to my other clients above with unknown reasons for their depression? All were able to heal the memory or the metaphor that created their emotional state called, “depression” within a few sessions.