Depression is exhausting and everything feels like a struggle … your sleep can be affected … as well as your performance at work … or in the bedroom. What to do if you don’t want to take medication?
According to the Report of the Surgeon General on Mental Health “many episodes of depression are associated with some sort of acute or chronic adversity”. Since the 1991 launch of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), EFT founder Gary Craig and his many practitioners have worked with hundreds of people with depression. They too have noticed that depression tends to be a result of “acute or chronic adversity.” In EFT terms, however, this is referred to unresolved emotional issues such as such as trauma, guilt, shame, fear, anger and sadness.
Fortunately, EFT offers great potential for these unresolved emotional issues. You can use it to pull out the emotional roots of your depression … and enjoy your life again. The basics of EFT can be learned by anyone and can be self-applied (usually in minutes).
Described as “emotional acupuncture”, EFT draws from the principles of acupuncture (stimulating the meridian points balances the subtle energies in your body), but instead of using needles, you tap a series of acupuncture points with your fingertips. When your energy system is balanced, the negative emotional responses to past trauma, guilt and anger subside. Without the emotional fuel, depression can’t start its engine.
While a complete description of EFT is beyond the scope of this article, you can learn all the basics from the free EFT Get Started Package on the EFT website.  This includes a free download of the 79 page EFT Manual  Those wishing to save time and dive right in can get the affordable 5 star training DVDs
The following story illustrates how a newcomer to EFT cleared her own lifelong depression. You can read the entire story at the EFT website.
Clearing lifelong depression with EFT
Maggie* had no previous experience with EFT nor was she a therapist. At 58 years old, Maggie had a perpetual low-grade depression that had never gone away. As she described it, the depression was always in the background and at times it was very intense.
Maggie struggled with low self esteem, self hatred and paranoia and she tried everything for her depression, from primal therapy to acupuncture. She felt that she had left no stone unturned although she had never resorted to medication for her depression. She changed her diet and eliminated toxins like coffee and alcohol and although her friends found her to be funny and cheerful and loving, she still hurt most of the time.
She was about to resort to medication and in fact had phoned her doctor for a prescription. She felt that she “couldn’t take it any more”. That same day, however, she found the EFT website and downloaded the free EFT Manual and ordered the training DVD’s. In two days, Maggie healed her stage fright and her sad and angry feelings. She did EFT for her self esteem and also healed a longstanding love pain that was difficult to budge. All this from a simple “balance your meridians” technique.
In a letter to Gary Craig, Maggie wrote “Thank you for my peace of mind and trust in life and me again ... and I cannot thank you enough. What's interesting, however, is that even though I've had all these changes I tend to forget how things bad things used to be. My healthy attitudes seem so normal now.”
Please note that EFT is not perfect and does not achieve 100% success rates. Properly applied, however, 80% of clients receive anywhere from substantial improvement to the complete cessation of the problem.

*Name changed to protect privacy

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Please note that in addition to helping depression, EFT has been a consistently effective healing tool for hundreds of other physical, mental and emotional ailments. For more information, you can explore the

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and its numerous success stories regarding fears, phobias, emotional traumas and physical ailments. Please consult qualified health professionals before putting EFT into practice for yourself or others.