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Are you struggling with depression? Would you like to take charge of your recovery?
Escape from Depression may be just what you're looking for. This complete self-healing program will show you a fascinating new way to understand and treat all forms of depression, from mild Dysthymia to severe Clinical Depression. Dr. Miller weaves vital information together with powerful tools and techniques in this enjoyable, relaxing, invigorating and inspiring presentation.
Employing both a theoretical and a practical approach, this program will take you beyond merely relieving the symptoms of depression to understanding and addressing the root cause. The tools presented in Escape from Depression include guided imagery, deep relaxation, meditation, self-hypnosis, and cognitive behavioral self-therapy, all of which have been shown to rewire the brain and heal depression at its source. Dr. Miller's soothing voice will not only lead you to deep relaxation but will guide you in changing the behavior of your mind, your brain, and the cells of your body. The goal is to modify your brain chemicals by redirecting thoughts, emotions, and beliefs.
Compatible with all medical, herbal and spiritual therapies, Escape From Depression is a two-part experiential self-help program developed from the latest neuropsychiatric and neuro-chemical research and Dr. Miller’s 40 years of clinical experience of helping his patients overcome depression.
We now know that most depression is learned and that it can be unlearned; studies show that you can grow new neurons in your brain. The tools presented in this program (guided imagery, deep relaxation, meditation, self-hypnosis, and cognitive behavioral self-therapy) will, in effect, help enable you to literally rewire your brain, modifying neural synapses and healing your depression at its source. (Makes a great gift for a depressed friend or loved one as well.)
Contents – Track Information:
CD 1: offers a new perspective on the mechanism of depression, delivered in the form of a Heart to Heart talk. Listen to the tracks on this CD until you have a good understanding of the concepts it presents.
Track 1: Emotions, The Stages of Loss, and the True Cause of Depression – You will learn the role of stress, how it can trigger sadness, and why it is healthy to experience the stages of loss that lead to healing. Depression occurs when something blocks the normal healing process following a perceived loss.
Track 2: Are You Depressed – the Biochemistry of Depression – Here you will learn the signs of depression and the symptoms of depression and the chemical changes that go along with them.
Track 3: How to Overcome Learned Helplessness and Heal Your Depression – The hallmarks of depression are helplessness and hopelessness, feelings that have been learned through your contact with the world; here’s how to unlearn them and give yourself the hope that heals.
Track 4: Changing Depressive Behavior and Accessing the Power of Now – It is our memories of the past and our expectations of the future that give rise to depression. As Shakespeare said: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Here is how to free yourself from the chains of the past and future and escape into the healing of Now.
Track 5: The Role of Music and Spirit in Healing Depression – Your daily activities can support your healing, or they can inhibit it. This track shows you how to use your daily activities to support positive change and recovery.
Track 6: Additional Materials for Healing from Depression
This CD offers you a new perspective on the mechanism of depression, delivered in the form of a Heart-to-Heart talk. As you listen, you will gain an understanding of the depressive symptoms that result from your being cut off from the nurturance of what has heart and meaning for you – what you might know of as your soul or spirit.
You will learn how these symptoms are the result of a kind of “learned helplessness,” based on the over-focus on what was lost. But because the major portion of depression is learned, it can be unlearned. You will see how you can complete the grieving process that is the natural way for your mind, body, and emotions to heal the wound created by the loss.
CD 2: Deep Relaxation, Guided Imagery and CBT Techniques for Depression
Track 1: Entering the Here and Now – Beautiful music and Dr. Miller’s calming and inspiring voice guides you to enter a place of deep relaxation. Learn to clear your mind of distractions, memories, and thoughts to arrive at a clear experience of the present moment.
Track 2: Thought Karate - A powerful way to use every breath to become centered. Align with your deepest self, the source of your life and being, and be able to project this feeling forward, so it is accessible any time.
Track 3: Empowerment - Contact your inner essence and spirit, a place where you are deeply touched or moved, loved, connected, inspired. Access your ability to bring this back with you for everyday challenges.
Track 4: Creating a Positive Future - You will learn to acknowledge your power over feelings and strengthen the belief that you have the ability to create whatever future you wish. Through imagery, you will create, and then empower the future you really desire, experiencing yourself healthy, creative, and joyful.
Track 5: How To Use Escape From Depression Effectively
CD 2, Because it suggests deep relaxation and is usually a closed-eye exercise, should never be used while driving or engaged in any dangerous activity that requires your full attention. (Most people can listen to CD#1 while driving without distraction – take responsibility for your choices.) . This recording is the active ingredient, Software for the Mind, a graduated series of guided imagery experiences (4 in all). Each is designed to build on the previous track. The guided imagery provides you with the tools to rescript your deeper mind, your nervous system, your emotions, and your body.
Listen to sample 1 from Escape From Depression:
Listen to sample 2 from Escape From Depression:
The purpose of Escape From Depression is to help you heal naturally from depressed feelings and to deal with their true causes. As you use the tools of deep relaxation and Selective Awareness, you can take charge of and change the flow of your thoughts. Guiding those thoughts into the present moment – the all-powerful Now – you relieve the systemic stress. This creates an emotional and physiological state that permits the natural chemical processes of your body to metabolize cortisol and other chemicals of depression and stress.
Having taken charge of your thoughts by guiding your awareness and coming into the present, you now begin to use the tools of Self-hypnosis to focus on what brings you serenity and to write a new script for your mind. You literally rewire your brain – reprogram it – and refocus your mind on what brings you serenity, potency, and positive expectations of the future. As a treatment for depression, this can work wonders.
How it works:
Depression can be mild or severe, ranging from the depressed feeling when your team misses getting into the World Series to the weeks or months of grieving following the end of an important relationship, all the way to a depression that lasts for years and produces thoughts of suicide. Sometimes depressed feelings can come and go, or even be cyclical, alternating with very upbeat periods (bipolar depression symptoms).
In the more severe forms of depression (what doctors call Major Depressive Disorder), antidepressant medications or psychotherapy are often required. Whether the depression is severe or in milder cases of depression (dysthymia), you will find the information and processes in the program to be helpful, even crucial.
Recent research studies indicate that in all but the most severe depressions, antidepressants were at best only slightly better at providing relief than a placebo. Studies indicate that approaches that affect cognitive behavior (i.e., how you think about things) are quite effective at treating depression – and are superior to medication in many cases. These approaches include CBT, meditation, guided imagery, and affirmations – all of which are used in this program.
Recommended Applications and Indications:
Escape From Depression is designed to be used as depression self-help. For mild cases – dysthymia, cyclothymia, “feeling the blues,” or “in a funk” – many people will find this program, used alone, is effective. For more severe cases of depression, it is valuable as an adjunct to therapy. Valuable aid in going through the stages of grief, sadness, bereavement, during major life changes, this program may be useful in grief counseling and for many cases of PTSD. It is also helpful in dealing with work stresses and periods of overwhelm. Many have found it useful in dealing with depression that follows a major illness or surgery.
Important information and Contraindications:
When treating a potentially serious disease such as depression, it is wise to see a skilled professional. Because depression can diminish your ability to carefully manage yourself and your relationships, be certain to consult a competent health professional and carefully consider his/her recommendations. If the depression qualifies as “Major Depressive Disorder”, antidepressant medication may be appropriate. In such cases, this program will still be of value, as medications cannot treat the true source of the illness – but be sure to inform your therapist or psychiatrist you are using it.
If significant feelings of anxiety arise at any point, return to an earlier phase and practice those exercises a while longer. If feelings of anxiety or distress are strong and persistent, stop listening and contact a therapist or other qualified health professional.
Contraindications and Precautions:
Although there are really no absolute contraindications for the use of this product, people who are severely psychotic or who do not want to at least try to follow the guidance offered will probably benefit little from listening. Listening is also not a substitute for needed medical care or psychiatric care for serious mental or emotional disturbance. In any undiagnosed potentially serious condition such as a head injury, again, there will not likely be any harm, but it would be wise to delay their use until an adequate diagnosis has been made.
Although no such problems have been reported, people with seizures of any kind, or neurological, or severe neurorespiratory disease, should check with their primary care practitioner for suggestions regarding the use of this program. Likewise, if you are undergoing psychotherapy, share your use of these with your therapist, as he/she may want to integrate this use with your treatment.
And, of course, if you are driving or using equipment that requires your full attention, do not close your eyes and do not listen to any program that you find causes you to become drowsy, distracted, or incapable of functioning safely. Programs designated as “Drivetime” should be used with these precautions in mind.
Recommended Use & Detailed Description of Exercises:
Track 1: Here and Now
You will be guided to a place within, a place of deep relaxation, where your mind is progressively cleared of distractions. Here you find deep feelings of safety as your mind and nervous system are quieted – and you are able to more clearly feel your Self. Setting yourself free from the past, releasing it with each exhalation, you practice a soft breathing meditation release.
Next, you will become acutely aware of the life force within, feel it profoundly, then breathe it throughout your entire body, your entire being. You will then leave this inner place and return to a full awareness of the world around you – but only after leaving yourself with a Post-Hypnotic Suggestion to return to this inner balance whenever you wish.
Remember: You are training your brain, conditioning your mind to think certain thoughts and trigger certain emotions, and as with all training, you must practice regularly. Practice 1-3 times daily – more often is better - with Track 1 until you can follow the suggestions easily and have pretty good internal images – visual, auditory, or kinesthetic (physical or emotional sensations). This may take a few days up to a few weeks – continue with the next part when you feel ready.
When you do feel ready, instead of stopping at the end of Track 1, continue on listening to Track 2. They are designed to flow together, so the relaxation you have achieved will help you easily accept the guidance that comes next. Be sure to set aside enough time.
After one or a few times listening to Track 1 followed by Track 2, you can, if you wish, dispense with listening to them together and simply alternate Track 1 with Track 2. After a while, you may listen simply to Track 2 – returning to Track 1 occasionally to stay in touch with that deep place within.
Track 2: Thought Karate
You will practice a powerful way to use every breath to become centered. After centering yourself as in Track 1, you will align with your deepest self, the source of your life and being, through positive affirmations. With this solid base, you will learn to breathe unnecessary thoughts and distractions out of your mind (Thought Karate).
Breathing light and love throughout your body, you follow its energy as you go to an even deeper level – a beautiful place of safety and peace. A sensually rich experience of color, and breath, and sound carries you to a special place of safety and freedom within. You may design this place before you listen, or simply allow it to arise spontaneously, whichever way seems right to you.
A river of light carries you to a place of health, power, freedom, wholeness, faith, and love. Here you contact your inner living wisdom and develop a powerful personal symbol that represents the essence of the life force. This symbol can now serve as a short cut to return you to an awareness of your center and your potential for freedom from depression.
Work with this part (1-3 times daily) until you feel comfortable with it (about 6-10 times on average). Then you are ready to go on. As before, the first few times you use Track 3 precede it by listening to Track 2. After that, you may choose to stop listening to them together and simply alternate Track 2 with Track 3. After a while, you may listen simply to Track 3 – returning to Tracks 2 and 1 occasionally.
Track 3: Self-Empowerment
Contact your inner essence and spirit, a place where you are deeply touched or moved, loved, connected, inspired. Here you will use your symbol to reconnect with that life force – the Love within – and experience the energy, the connection, the realness, the authenticity, the deep importance of your connection. Identifying with that connection, you infuse every cell of your body with this energy.
As before, use Track 3 1-3 times daily until you feel comfortable with it, then proceed to the next step, combining Track 3 with Track 4 in sequence several times before beginning to alternate them. After a while, you may listen simply to Track 4 – returning to Tracks 3, 2, and 1 occasionally.
Track 4: Creating a Positive Future
You will learn to acknowledge your power over feelings and strengthen the belief that you have the ability to create whatever future you wish. Through imagery, you will create, and then empower the future you really desire, experiencing yourself healthy, creative, and joyful.
Soon you will discover that each track has a different effect on you and how you feel. Your inner feeling is right, and you can trust yourself – ask yourself, “Which track seems like it would be best to listen to today?”, accept the answer that feels right to you, and listen to that track. Continue to use one or the other of these tracks regularly, at least 3 times a day until the symptoms of depression have faded away. Following this, it is wise to continue to listen at least once a day until at least a month of freedom from depression symptoms and the signs of depression have passed. After that, you may listen occasionally, or continue to use it on a regular basis.
Supplementary and Related Programs
Healing Journey - A most relaxing and enjoyable journey to a place of healing and peace deep within. A perennial favorite for just chillin’ out completely.
Abolish Anxiety - Depression is often accompanied by anxiety, and treatments for depression usually also remove symptoms of anxiety. This 2 CD program employs techniques similar to those used in Escape From Depression, except the software for the mind is focused upon letting go of stress, anxiety, panic, and worry.
The Serenity Prayer - The center you find in using Escape From Depression is used as the fulcrum as this program balances your ability to accept with your power to act. Your inner wisdom gives you the ability to choose to have both courage and serenity, as the challenges of life require.
Deep Healing – The Essence of Mind-Body Medicine - This book gives an excellent overview of how your mind and bodywork together, and how to address imbalances at the mental, emotional, and physical levels. A classic.
I Am: Awakening Self-Acceptance - A very soothing set of guided imagery experiences to take you to your deepest sense of yourself. There you will reinforce the positives and project them into your daily life.
I Can: Achieving Self-Empowerment - A deep recollection of the power you have to act and have the impact you want to have in your life. Very empowering.
Letting Go Of Stress - Depression is always associated with stress – either the stress that produced the depression or the stressful situations that arise because of the depression symptoms. This program is ideal for relieving stress and managing the symptoms of stress. Features the keyboard stylings of New Age pioneer Stephen Halpern.
Launching Your Day - A series of suggestions to be used as you awaken in the morning. It gently reminds you of the deep place you have touched in your sleeping. Then, as the music picks up tempo and power, gradually more stimulating suggestions are given to help you to bring your full power forth into your day.
Accepting Change and Moving On: Dealing With Loss and Letting Go - If you have suffered losses you are having trouble dealing with, or if there are some things in your life that you really need to let go of, this program is an excellent aid. It provides some very effective techniques for freeing yourself from your past so you can move toward the future in the way that you want to.
Inner Child Healing - Sometimes the depression of today actually rests upon trauma, neglect, or lack of sufficient love and understanding as a child. This program gently guides you to contact your inner child and supply the love, unconditional acceptance, and positive support that is needed.
Personal Excellence - This extensive 6 CD program, featuring 6 of Dr. Miller’s Heart-to-Heart (trademark sign) Talks and 6 guided imagery experiences, guides you through the steps of excellence – Self-awareness, Self-acceptance, Self-respect, Self-confidence, Self-expression, and Self-esteem.