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Depression and Neuro Linguistic Programming

Last Updated Oct 19, 2020

If you have been fighting a bout of the blues for an extended period of time, a doctor may diagnose you with depression. Along with their prescription, there are many alternative healing modalities that may assist you feeling better quicker, one of which includes Neuro Linguistic Programming. Read on to find out more.

What is Depression?

Depression, sometimes referred to as clinical depression, is a mental illness that entails an overwhelming sense of sadness, loss and hopelessness. Bouts of the condition may span from weeks to years, and may sometimes cause the sufferer to despair so greatly they no longer want to live.

The Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Technique

NLP is a holistic, therapeutic technique that addresses the way in which individuals think and store information differently. It aims to combine the three most influential factors known to influence human experience, which includes:

  • The neurological system, responsible for body function regulation
  • The language system that controls how we interact and communicate with others
  • Our programming, which defines the models of the worlds we create in our lives

Techniques Used in Neurolinguistic Programming

NLP practitioners may use three different techniques to rewire the client's thinking process from a negative to a more positive state of mind.

These techniques include:

  • Anchoring, which refers to the refers to the transference of the client's positive response from one group of events/circumstances to another
  • Reframing, a technique also employed by other forms of psychotherapy. Reframing functions to give an additional set of references or new perspectives from which the patient can view his or her world.
  • The use of metaphor

Using these techniques, a professional NLP practitioner will help an individual modify the way in which they presently manage their own thought processes and behaviors. This modification in turn helps eliminate any unwanted negative outcomes currently being experienced in their life situation.

How Does NLP Benefit Depression?

NLP functions to reduce feelings of depression by eliminating negative thought patterns, and by healing old self-sabotaging habits that may be inhibiting the healing process. Physiologically, NLP stimulates the frontal left cortex of the brain responsible for feelings of calm, happiness and well being. This helps the depressed individual not only to feel better, but also in developing safe and positive coping strategies to help them deal with their condition.

If you are interested in finding out more information on how NLP may benefit your depression, speak to a professional NLP practitioner.

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Originally published on May 26, 2015

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