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Life-Changing experience. So thankful
on May 3, 2014
Here is my brief story :
After years of undiagnosed illness occurring off and on, I was faced with being put on anti-depressants for my newest illness, visceral (gut-brain) hypersensitivity.
This was a wake up call. Anti-depressants are absolutely necessary in some severe cases of depression, compulsion and so on. It was a wake up call because I realized I was scared to go on anti depressants because I would be forced to face the realty that my thinking and beliefs were the cause of my pain and anxiety. If the anti depressants worked then by definition I was literally making myself sick and I would have to admit this at some point.
However this book opened my heart to what my gut (not literally as referred to above) always knew: There are many factors in my life that are preventing me from relaxing and returning to my normal state of being, which is a state of healing.
My entire life has been lived in such a self-critical, self-doubting and self-hating way. I was too far gone to even realize it. This book made me realize that yes, indeed my state of mind was affecting my health. My thoughts, feelings and attachments to my living situation, finances, success, failure, parental relationships, partner relationships were constantly triggering my stress responses. No doctor had ever told me, as human beings aside from stress responses we also have RELAXATION responses that are triggered. This is simple yet life-changing information. Needless to say, I have been on a personal journey of self-compassion and relaxation. My pain is gone and I have a completely new outlook and attitude.
This book will change your life if you suffer from hypochondria, depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior, etc. It is written with such compassion and love. I found this book at the library and I have now purchased my own copy to re-read and highlight all the incredible information presented. This book has deeply resonated with me and I hope it is required reading for all doctors at some point.
Thank you Dr. Rankin for writing this very necessary book. Always grateful.