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    Evan
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    Hi Sarah,

    I think depression is anger turned inwards instead of appropriately outwards.

    Mindfulness may help with this.

    Detaching from our thoughts can, I think, be either a liberation or pathological. If we are not our thoughts where do they come from? And (significantly for therapy) what could I do about them? Is being a passive observer of our experience the goal of therapy? I don’t find it an attractive one.

    This is, in some ways, just disputing about words. And I agree wholeheartedly that it is the relationship (not the school) which brings the healing. However, I think what mindfulness is an does, needs to be spelled out in greater detail. Then we can better understand how it contributes to healing.

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    Hi Evan!

    You’re right,there’s a lot more to be said about mindfulness, what it is and does! I hope to say some of how I see it in future posts…

    I think it is very often the case that depression is anger turned inwards, but not always…it is always some kind of blocked state but every depression is different as is every person – some people may need to approach the stuckness primarily on an emotional level and others may need to deal with the mental level.

    Is being a passive observer of our thoughts the goal of therapy? The short answer in my opinion is no! But separating out one’s whole being, one’s directly experiencing and sensing self from the partial and crippling messages which can start to dominate the life of some people with OCD, or depression, is a crucial first step.

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    abby
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    Hi there,
    my name is abby.. i am in a situation at the moment whr i have got anxiety .. PANIC ATTACKS & BEING ANXIOUS most of the time! how do i get rid of them? WILL THERAPY HELP ME ?

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    Evan
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    Hi Abby,

    Many people I know have been helped by therapy to get over panic attacks.

    Choose a therapist that you connect with and trust (though you mightn’t ‘like’ them as such). If you have friends who have been to therapy talk to them about who they went to and what their therapist was like.

    Therapy can have huge benefits. In my experience it could be a very good thing for you to do.

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    Hi Abby,

    I agree with Evan, I have had quite a lot of experience in helping people with panic attacks and anxiety, and speaking to a counsellor can really, really help.

    There is a free online course here [link removed]
    which can help you understand and deal with your panic attacks.

    It is also good to make sure you do not isolate yourself and keep in contact with friends and people that you know, even though it may be hard at the moment.

    Wishing you all the best.

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    Hmmm, I’m not convinced by the ‘free online course’, Sarah… We used to link to that site in our Web Resources section, based on a review from a few years ago, but having had a peek at it just now, I see it’s become part of a large network of what look to me like fairly low-content sites designed to funnel traffic to a Brighton-based company selling hypnosis services, tapes and CDs. So I’ve removed our link to it from the Web Resources section — not because it sells stuff (lots of people do that!), but because it’s part of that large network which seems to exist solely for that purpose.

    There are lots of other great panic-related and anxiety-related resources out there, though, including several which offer free online courses — e.g., The Panic Center, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Shake Your Shyness, and of course the granddaddy of all online CBT services, the Australian National University’s MoodGYM.

    All the best,
    Greg

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    Diane
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    Mindfulness a therepy that is of ancient origin. As we in this era try to find a way to quantify its positive nature and cognitive wothiness.
    I’d say there is already highly sourced literature already in our libraries written by those who were of these disciplines.Many of them, they are the Classics that remain a good read still in our present day.They have a quality that remains true and will always present that.
    And more will be written today with this quality of truth.

    The thing saints are made of : disciplines that require daily practice.

    Though I love to see the new research that is reflecting the parts of our brain lit up when mindfulness trained individuals are tested. Though I’ll bring up trust in this area of mystery to us. And say that it is time tested and there is proof already here of its resonate value. For those that doubt it… ask to be aligned to recieving it when you walk in a bookstore? And just be amazed what shows up!!
    I could give a list of those great works here… that provide the evidence and proof. But its better advice to let you experience it for yourself….

    Sometimes I think DEPRESSION is of value not something you should taboo completely. A developemental value at least some types anyways.
    Its like a nagging sore spot you must attend to…Its the thing that brings a person in to seek therapy or get medical attention. A valuable thing.

    As the therapist must help get to the underground gently. So to help shift there existence upward.

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    ZP
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    The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy website says that the program teaches “how to sidestep mental habits such as rumination and self-blame.” Although the stated purpose of MBCT is preventing cases of depression, it seems reasonable to assume that, because it teaches people to deal with negative thinking, it will at least serve as a treatment for mild to moderate depression when used in combination with other treatment(s), especially for people who have experience with meditation. For example, the University of Kansas program Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, which is described by the researchers as a treatment for depression, includes “anti-ruminative behaviors” as one of its six “elements.”

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