by CJ Puotinen
Depression is debilitating enough when it's caused by something temporary.
For example, many feel temporarily depressed or discouraged during winter, when hours of darkness outnumber hours of sunlight, and anyone can feel depressed after losing a job or suffering a disappointment.
Most people bounce back from events like these, and in time, they recover.
But others remain stuck in their depression, unable to change. One such patient was Louella, age 41, who had suffered major bouts of depression since age 9. She felt suicidal, hopeless, and cried easily.
What made her recovery unusual is that it did not involve prescription drugs or conventional psychiatric treatment. Instead, Louella turned to an innovative energy-balancing method that has helped thousands recover from depression and other problems.
The method she chose was EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and her instructor was EFT's developer, Gary Craig.
EFT is sometimes called do-it-yourself emotional acupressure because it works by combining focused thought with gentle fingertip tapping on key acupuncture points, most of which are on the face and torso.
Properly performed, the body's "subtle energies" are released and the symptoms of countless ailments, including depression, fade or disappear. Over 20 case studies of depression are reported on the EFT Web site, and in some of these, permanent change literally occurred within minutes.
As Craig explains in the detailed report he wrote about Louella's depression, when she first tried the procedure, her depression was at its maximum, a 10 on the zero-to-10 scale that EFT uses to measure discomfort.
"After a few rounds of EFT," he says, "the tears subsided and the depression dropped from a 10 to a 6. There was even a smile or two. But that was all we could do. She said she was exhausted (this turned out to be a clue to her problem since substance sensitivities tend to sap one's energy) and she slept for four hours."
Later that day, she and Craig addressed her back pain (which subsided) and her asthma (which went away and never came back, even though it had previously required daily medication) along with three traumatic memories that were probably linked to her depression.
Louella was very pleased with her progress, for her depression had dropped from a 10 to only a 4 or 5. Craig was less than delighted, however, as he had expected her entire problem to disappear, as it has in most other cases.
Then, two days later, Louella's depression came back. However, the traumatic memories, back pain, and asthma remained non-problems. She returned weekly for five more sessions, and on each visit, she and Craig applied EFT to more traumatic memories and other events in her life, all of which fell to a zero and didn't come back.
Nevertheless, she would arrive with her depression at an 8-to-10 level and leave with it at a 4 to 6. The tapping was apparently only a temporary help for her depression ... at least so it seemed.
After working with hundreds of EFT cases, Craig has found that his expectations for success are usually met unless there is toxic interference with the energy system. "Once the sensitivity is located and eliminated," he explains, "then the problem becomes easy to handle with EFT."
Louella began keeping a journal in which she recorded everything she ate, drank, or used in an effort to discover what kept triggering her depression. When she reacted badly to an apple, Craig realized that pesticide residues might be a factor.
He created what he called a "Detective Diet" in which her assignment was to eat only organic foods, eat only one at a time, and wait for one hour between foods. "From the moment she started this diet, the depression began to lift and within 24 hours it was gone," Craig noted five weeks later.
"Since then she has slept normally, gone on long hikes with friends, enjoyed dancing, and has just returned from kicking up her heels for two weeks in Spain. There has been no sign of depression. It has been a flat-out zero."
As part of Louella's Detective Diet, her sister helped her test her blood sugar several times during the day, and she found that whenever her spirits and energy fell, her blood sugar level was often dangerously low. To prevent hypoglycemia, she now eats small meals throughout the day. Her use of EFT combined with her dietary changes has kept Louella's depression at bay.
Could EFT have been used to correct her reaction to pesticide residues and her low blood sugar? These conditions and other food sensitivities have indeed been treated with EFT, as you can see by searching for "food sensitivity" at EFT's official Web site.
"We have more detective work to do here," says Craig. "This is still a case in progress and more will be done in time. But, for now, Louella is perfectly happy to keep things as they are."
Two years later, Louella remains happy. She recently called Craig to say that her depression has stayed away except for a couple of brief occasions involving "boyfriend problems." Even then, the depression was nothing like before, only a case of the "temporary downs."
In addition to eliminating depression, EFT has been a consistently effective healing tool for hundreds of other physical, mental and emotional ailments. For more information, explore the EFT Web site and its numerous success stories regarding fears, phobias, emotional traumas and physical ailments.
While a complete description of EFT is beyond the scope of this article, you can learn the basics from the free EFT Get Started Package on the EFT Web site. This includes a free download of the 79-page EFT Manual. Those wishing to save time and dive right in can get the affordable five-star training DVDs.Please consult qualified health professionals before putting EFT into practice for yourself or others.