Thursday, September 20, 2012

Diversion of mind as a treatment method for depression

Whenever there is a certain happening in life whether it is positive or negative, the related emotions quickly assemble in the mind of the person. Thus, the types of happening(s) that get extracted from the memory at a particular time are dependent on the category of current happening. If the current happening is sorrowful then all the past happenings related to the element of sorrow will get extracted. In this there will be preference for those sorrowful happenings which are more closely and logically related to the current sorrowful happening. The similar process goes for positive or happiness-making happenings.
It is important to note here that in case of current sorrowful event the extraction of related sorrowful happenings from the past will strengthen the emotions felt at a particular time. This strengthening of emotions by virtue of related extraction becomes the cause of depression and anxiety. A stoppage of allied emotions extraction can be achieved by diverting the mind to something different. This can be the reason why things and events that divert the mind achieve success in the treatment of depression. It can also be added that the inability at the level of self to divert the mind from the negative event can be an indicative of lack of control of emotions.
A patient of depression at first needs support of external help to divert the mind. Once the initial diversion of mind has been achieved to a certain degree, the further control of mind can be achieved through self initiated steps. It is for this reason that lessons which teach diversion of mind should be taught in school and its practice should be included through practical methods. One method by which diversion can be achieved is learning to divert the flow of thoughts through concentration on breathes or mantras. This has been taught as the method of meditation since ancient times. Other methods through which diversion can be achieved is going to new places, meeting with friends, watching a movie, attending spiritual lessons.
Diversion therapy can therefore be defined as the art of diverting the mind so as to achieve desired medicinal effect or comfortable state of mind. Diversion therapy as a method of treatment for depression can be practiced by specialized staff educated in ways of achieving it. It becomes therefore essential to question the process by virtue of which psychiatrists and clinical psychologists ask questions as related to the event of sorrow. Should talking about sorrows with the patient be really a method of recommendation for the treatment of the patient? Should questions inquiring about the sorrowful happening be greatly reduced? Should information derived by the patient be only limited to the content the patient feels comfortable to share? Should the questions be limited to only extremely essential information? Are there more such loop holes in the practice of medicine and counseling? Such loop holes can delay the immediate response to the treatment of depression or sometimes just take the condition of the patient to a state which is worst than no treatment at all.
One important element of emotions and thoughts that aggravate the sorrowful condition is that the flow of negative thoughts is a “natural” process. Therefore, the technique to stop the flow of negative emotions is required to be learnt or taught. As drops of water always tend to join together to make a bigger drop so do the negative emotions always join together with experiences from the past. This creates intense sorrow and great grief. If this joining together of the negative emotions can be stopped then the result will be a long lasting state of emotional health and thought-generated comfort. Let’s then challenge the nature of mind and win the controlling power of brain that shall then lead to happiness as a gain forever.
Written by Ekta K. Kalra
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