Understanding the brain is the first step in alternative treatments for depression. ALL sensory inputs (sight, sound, smell, etc.) record and bond together--(so that later on, any one of them can alert you to danger). This protects you because anything that reminds you (even subconsciously) of a past danger will put you on alert.
When we talk about the brain, what we are talking about is MEMORIES. In Mind Wide Open, Steven Johnson writes:
“The last few decades of research have
revealed, again and again, the way
specific memories transform us as we
grow and develop, the way life experience
wires our brains as meticulously as our
genes do. The impact of past events on
the present is crucial to the modern
understanding of the brain...Memories
transform our perception of the present.” 2
"The brain is an "associative network.
It records experiences and our feelings about them.
When the brain is under the influence of one emotion,
It connects to past events that felt similar.
Fearful feelings bring up fear memories,
happy feelings bring up happy memories."
2 (Mind Wide Open, Your Brain and the
Neuroscience of Everyday Life)
Sadness, as depression would have it, is HIGHLY self-perpetuating.
Sadness actually "makes you stupid”.
“Sadness is marked by decreased activity
in the prefrontal cortices (thinking brain),
while happiness triggers an increase. The
brain creates the FEELING of sadness by
reducing the number of thoughts it produces.
When you are sad, mental agility and
possibilities slump.” 2 (Mind Wide Open,
Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday
This means that when you feel sad, more sadness is about all you can muster up.
Memories are distributed across the brain, like water in a sponge.
"There is no "memory" center in the brain.
Surgically removing a section of the brain
does not remove a section of memory …memories
are "holographic," distributed throughout the
brain." 3 (The Holographic Universe).
Another way of understanding this is that the brain is harmonic...one memory strikes a chord, which strikes another, and then another, and so on. Repatterning provides powerful alternative treatments for depression because it resolves those chords, even brings love and healing into them.
Because the brain is self-perpetuating, resolving original memories changes everything that came afterward (memories, beliefs, feelings, and association, etc.). Because Repatterning™ is so powerful at releasing the root cause, it provides highly effective alternative treatments for depression.
In summary: We perceive through neuronal associations that are wired and fired together under duress;
The net result of all this is what determines what we pay attention to.
It seems fair to say that our vigilant brains put existence above exuberance. But because our brains “are plastic”, never stop learning, and can be “re-written”, no one needs be the helpless victim of their past.
Truly, with Repatterning™ providing alternative treatments for depression, “the child is father of the man” need no longer be true.
Obviously, simply recalling traumatic memories can deepen negative emotional associations and their influence on thoughts and actions.
Positive intervention – “priming” the mind by helping the person to feel emotionally secure, increases compassion and new, positive associations for the memory. Using inner resources for positive change actually allows the MIND to change the physical matter of the brain. And doing so demonstrates and develops a “state of freedom within oneself.”1
Alternative treatments for depression don't fight the nature of the brain, instead they work WITH the brain, so the brain works for you.
When you use good alternative treatments for depression,
...“The child is father of the man” is no longer necessarily true.
A repatterning session takes a current distress, identifies myriad related mental associations, and then goes to the earlier original or seed experience. Frequently, the feelings and dynamics around the current distress are ghost-like duplicates of feelings in the original situation.
The current distress is the catalyst for discovering and re-wiring (reconsolidating) - with wisdom and compassion - the original stress and the associations that were creating more of the same. The session brings healing to the original distress and then the current distress often dissolves.
Even better than "dissolving"...the distress is transformed into a life experience that has brought a deepening, a maturing, a compassion, forgiveness, and understanding, that are the fruits of challenging and painful life experiences.
Isn’t it fun to learn that the miracle of Repatterning™ is good brain science?
1 Begley, S. (2007). Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain.
Ballantine Books. ISBN 978‑1‑4000‑6390‑1
2 Johnson, S. (2004), Mind Wide Open, Your Brain and the
Neuroscience of Everyday Life. Scribner. ISBN 0‑7432‑4165‑7
3 Talbot, M. (1992), The Holographic Universe). Harper
Perennial. ISBN‑13: 978‑0060922580
4 Siegel, D. (1999), The Developing Mind, How Relationships and
the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are. Guilford Press. ISBN
5 Erik Möller, Joel Schlosberg and colleagues, (1998‑2005).
Origins of Peace and Violence. Retrieved January 11, 2009 from
6 Johnson, L. (2002), Infant Crying and the Brain. Retrieved
January 11, 2009 from www.fresnofamily.com/articles/aa040100c.htm