Prince Harry is wrong
Prince Harry is in the news, it seems all the time. But is his prognosis of mental illness correct?
You don’t need to talk endlessly to professionals about your problems
We are told that we are living through a mental health epidemic. And antidepressant prescriptions are doubling every six years. But Prince Harry is wrong. He has alighted on three false explanations for why it is happening and what we should do about it.
There is a great stigma around mental health and so we all scared to admit our mental problems. And this in turn means that we cannot get the help we need.
Depressions and Anxieties are illnesses and so medics should handle the epidemic and all they need to be able to do this is parity of esteem and funding with physically based ill health.
That talking about your problems and not keeping it buttoned in is the answer. Afterall, it has worked for Prince Harry, or so he says.
What then might be the Truth?
What if the real problem is that depressions and anxieties are not illnesses?
And what if the real problem is ignorance about what is actually causing the apparent epidemic? And this ignorance then creates fear and this is then mistaken for stigma?
Further, what if most depressions and anxieties are in fact quite easy to understand and treat?
What Human Givens teaches
What is so powerful about what Human Givens says is that their explanation combines an understanding of how brain processes work with how this fits in to that person’s everyday life.
And this is it.
Depressions and anxieties are caused by worrying, leading to exhausting over dreaming and a highly sensitised limbic system (where the flight/fight is found) and that as one’s life begins to unravel, a negative self feeding cycle develops which keeps you depressed and anxious.
This explanation is rooted in the real world of human needs rather than trusting doctors who should stick to dealing with heart problems, cancers, motorway pile ups and Covid.
What is needed for depression and anxiety sufferers is that this explanation is clearly understood. Because when it is, fear and hopelessness will begin to fade. It is also important that the trauma memories locked into the limbic system can be cleared and Human Given has trance methods that can do exactly that. Finally, when emotions and worrying is coming down, then practical help and advice can be given to build up resources and get lives working better.
According to Human Givens, just talking about problems is not only complicated, time consuming but will often make things worse – as levels of rumination and worry can increase.
And if there is trauma (such as the tragic death of his mother as Prince Harry endured) this can be handled with well practiced trauma release hypnotherapy?
Finally if our lives are so stressed and pressurised in the first place, this will reflect big social questions. Social changes such as the breakdown of family, materialism, job insecurity, globalisation, reliance on a bureaucratic state and so on (we can all make our own list).
But surely we can agree, it is not about illnesses and medical solutions.