By Greg F.
A major change in my workplace, including roles, responsibilities and location at the beginning of the year led to a major depression and anxiety disorder. I have had two other such occurrences earlier in my life, but not nearly as difficult as this one.
Using all the normal approaches including psychiatry, psychology and drugs, I was able to affect a very slow recovery. I was introduced to EFT by an individual who had used EFT tapping to recover from their own depression.
I consider myself an open-minded skeptic, so I began to investigate emotional freedom techniques by reading everything I could find, including The EFT Manual. It sure seemed simple enough, but I was having a hard time believing it could work on something as "deep" rooted as my depression.
Recently I had one of the worst days of my recovery and was inches away from giving up again on the fight.
The day started out pretty normal for me but as it progressed, my mood continued to drop and all the cognitive work I applied did nothing to budge it. By late afternoon, I had a raging headache, almost like a hangover and I could barely hold back the tears. I was shaking and sweating and felt like I would just explode.
When I finally realized I couldn't maintain my grip any longer, I retired to my bedroom where I had decided I would just give in and cry it out. That's when the thought came to me, "Why don't you give EFT a try?" I tightened my grip on my emotions and dove in.
I wasn't convinced that I could do it on the depression, so I first focused on my headache. Following the Basic Recipe, I completed one round of tapping and to my utter amazement my headache was completely gone.
Now I had the fuel to attack the emotional disorder of my depression.
With deep focus I slowly and deliberately proceeded through the recipe again using one of the examples I had read where I applied EFT to the general state of my depression. Something magical happened. I began to feel physical changes in my arms and legs, like an energetic twitching.
I believe I was feeling the natural energy flow within me - once again.
When I completed tapping, I said to myself, "Now I give you permission to cry." Guess what? The tears would not come. I was astounded. In fact, I couldn't even coax them up with reflective thoughts on the same issues that had been stressing me out during the day.
I had performed something I thought was impossible.
I continued to tap all week long on various issues including my anxiety about returning to work. With amazement, my strength and energy began to return. By the end of the week, I was able to contact the office about discussing a return to work plan, and unfortunately had my employment terminated (a different problem altogether).
However, on a very positive note I have not had any sensations of anxiety or depression as it relates to the termination. My outlook on life is still very positive.