1 out of 7 Belgians will develop severe depression during his or her life.”
“1 out of 4 Flemish people will encounter severe psychological problems sooner or later.“
“Worldwide, Belgium remains number 1 in the hospitalisation of psychiatric patients.”
I am convinced that if you do not confront your feelings, the water in the kettle will start to boil and will flow over at some point. Then, you will not be emotionally well, and you could end up with depression or a burnout. Unprocessed events have a profound negative impact on the flow of energy and blood in our body. Our thoughts are also real powers, which impact our whole being and functioning.
I believe that acupuncture (when next to or combined with medication) can treat psycho-emotional complaints in a natural and holistic and especially fundamental manner- and without side effects. I also wish to offer my patients a venue where they can fully be themselves, their true selves.
Frequently, we are taught to suppress painful events and emotions, such as sadness, anger, fear and feelings of guilt. As a consequence of an imbalance between body and mind, and a stagnated energy, this can lead to physical symptoms, such as heart palpitations, headache, stiffness, and mucus formation. It could also lead to psychological symptoms (especially, irritability, bursts of anger and a confused mind, a foggy head and mood swings.)
To use a metaphor – a ship is not built to stay in the harbour (in our so-called comfort zone), but after a tumultuous journey at sea (events, situations and circumstances with a large impact), it is important to come “home” to ourselves, in silence. Only then will we notice how we are really doing.
When I graduated in Physiotherapy, I wrote my thesis about the perceptions of people with eating disorders. The research was conducted at the UPC Kortenberg and the focus was at the interaction between body and mind. The main conclusion was that people (especially women) are dealing with a distorted self-image, and that the media and society (together I call them M and S) play a huge part in this.. It is generally considered that “being thin is perfection”.
During my postgraduate in acupuncture my thesis was about “Depression as a consequence of an imbalance of emotions“. I am motivated to talk about our feelings and our psyche, but this remains a taboo. Someone who breaks their leg will receive understanding. Someone who “does not feel well”, is often viewed differently. We would rather not talk about it. And what makes it a real pity is that almost 60 per cent of those with psychological problems do not seek help.
I often compare having a psychological problem with being stuck in a diving suit that is too tight – we don´t get enough air, we have no space to move. Whether the situation was caused by our environment, our job or was imposed by ourselves, it takes a lot of energy to change this. Most of the time, we have already been stuck in this diving suit for years and we get used to it without realising it. And our norms, values, patterns and convictions, good or bad, are being transferred from generation to generation.
I think it is very important to give a lot of attention to those psychological problems. I make an effort to be generous with the person who sits in front of me, to see and hear them. I am happy to go on a journey with you, to remove the diving suit, so you can breathe again and look into the core of who you truly are. After your own unique blueprint, without make-up, without limiting thoughts such as “this is how it is supposed to be” or “It has to be this way” – I gladly integrate this part, and with enthusiasm, in my application of Traditional Chinese Medicine.