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Other Emotional Issues


Long term severe depression gone in ten minutes

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Here's an interesting EFT approach to Depression by John Bullough of the UK.

Hugs, Gary

by John Bullough

Hi Gary,

I thought you might be interested in this account of long term severe depression vanishing after 10 minutes of tapping.

I recently had an initial therapy session with 'Mary' (age 22), suffering from long term severe depression, with a Beck's Depression Inventory (BDI-II) score of 30 and a Beck's Anxiety Inventory (BAI) score of 10. Her depression seemed to be focused on feelings of guilt and self-criticism about a series of terrible losses she had suffered over the past few years.

At the end of our cognitive behavioural therapy (assessment) session, I asked her if she would like to try tapping on her strong fear that 'no amount of therapy will help', which she assessed with an intensity of 10. One round of "Even though I am very scared that therapy will not help" brought her intensity down to 8, and she found herself saying, "Well at least I am trying therapy!".

One more round including the words "Even though I'm still scared that therapy won't work, at least I am trying it" brought it to 5 or 6, and she commented: "Well lots of other people get better so why shouldn't I?".

A further round using "Even though I have this remaining fear that it won't work" brought her intensity down to 2 or 3, but further work made little impact and I was left with a strong feeling that there was something causing her to 'hold onto' her depression.

Then finally when we tapped using: "Even though for some reason I'm hanging on to this depression" and "Even though I don't feel I deserve to get better", her face lit up like the sun and she said: "I KNOW I'm going to get better!" I didn't need to ask about her intensity level again!

When we met again two weeks later, her BDI and BAI scores had fallen to 4 and 0, and by our third session, having successfully tapped on some other issues that were bothering her we agreed that she was in great shape to manage on her own from now on. It would typically have taken at least 15 to 20 sessions of cognitive behavioural therapy to achieve anything remotely similar.

What a joy it is to use EFT!

John Bullough


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