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Click here to read my entire masters thesis entitled, "The Influence of a Wide Spectrum of Treatment Approaches on Outcomes for Major Depressive Disorder"

In my and my colleagues experiences with people diagnosed with major depression (which for convenience I will call depressives), we have found that often these people lead unbalanced lives. By this we mean that one depressive may be addressing his physical and psychological issues with, for example, antidepressant medication and psychotherapy, while the same person completely neglects socializing with other people and a spiritual life. We find another depressive who goes to church, prays and meditates regularly, and has a rich spiritual and social life, who completely neglects counseling, psychotherapy, and anti-depressant medication. In my experience, addressing the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of life simultaneously, or at least addressing some aspect of each of these weekly or monthly, has been the key to overcoming depression. Furthermore, it seems that those who use only a narrow spectrum of treatment approaches (i.e. approaches that address only one or two of the four aspects of life), continue to suffer from their depressive symptoms more intensely and for a longer period of time than those who use a wide spectrum of treatment approaches (i.e. approaches that address all four aspects of life).

My theory is that depression comes from a life imbalance, from concentrating on one or two aspects of life and neglecting at least one or two others. Furthermore I theorize that even if I address all four aspects of my life, that unless I find success in balancing each of the four individually, I will still be out of balance and remain depressed. For example, my brain and body chemistry may be unbalanced though I am successfully balancing my psychological, social and spiritual life, and if so, I will remain depressed. Until I have each of the four individually balanced, and until I am giving all four aspects adequate and balanced attention, as my individual needs may dictate, I will remain depressed.

Click here to view my MSPowerpoint presentation entitled, "Compulsion Blow-Out, a Cognitive Implosion of Addiction by Reconsolidation of Neural Pathways: A Successful NLP Technique for Eliminating Addictions"

In 2002, I met Stuart Baxter, a retired Presbyterian minister who met with residential treatment clients who needed to do their AA 5th Step.  I noticed a significant change in those clients who returned to group after meeting with Stuart.  I had an opportunity for a short time to examine the case files of 40 clients who had seen Stuart, and in 12-18 months of random urine analyses, there was only 1 UA that was positive for drugs -- 39 clients had all perfect UAs.   I asked him what he was doing to my clients?!?  He said it's NLP.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) has earned a reputation as a controversial theory which uses unusual techniques.  Like any powerful tool, it can be used for good or for evil and everything in between.  There are some disreputable NLPers.  However, we are doing scientific research on certain NLP techniques to either support or disprove it's value as a therapeutic technique.  We have had amazing success that is somewhat difficult to explain, and even more difficult to believe.  But believers believe.  The Compulsion Blow-Out, named by Steve Andreas, is a brief therapy used to end compulsions.  We have adjusted the procedure for use as therapy for people with severe addictions.  Dr. Frank Bourke, Dr. Richard Gray and I, have therefore given it a more scientific and specific name, Cognitive Implosion of Addiction.  The procedure takes from 20 to 60 minutes from beginning to end.  After some trial runs, we defined some criteria necessary for the procedure to work. In every case so far, when we met the predefined criteria, the Cognitive Implosion of Addiction procedure reduced or eliminated the client's physiological craving.  The clients that added the recommended follow-up standard practice treatment for addiction in every case so far have been clean and sober ever since.