The power of the mind over the body, previously considered the stuff of philosophers and spiritualists, has recently become one of the hottest topics in research science. In February, 60 Minutes covered the debate it has sparked over the use of antidepressants to treat mild depression and in April the Harvard Medical School’s newsletter, Harvard Health Letter, ran a cover story urging its audience to understand and harness the power of the placebo effect.
Emerging research now suggests that there is a minimal difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant. According to Harvard Researcher, Dr. Irving Kirsch, “ The drugs used to treat depression are effective, but for many its not the active ingredient that makes people feel better.” The answer? The placebo effect - a positive response to an intervention that doesn’t have a direct physiological effect. Its the mind’s ability to positively shape our health.
How potent is it? If Dr. Irving Kirsch were to openly prescribe placebos to his patients he would explain it in this way: “. . .you have within you - within your mind - the ability to affect this condition, and what we’re going to give you these placebo pills for, is to help you unleash that natural ability that you have.” (60 Minutes)
Mild Depression. While exercise, talk therapy and even placebos are effective at improving the symptoms of mild depression, they take time to schedule, motivation to follow through and in many cases, money. Feel Good App was developed to instantly bridge the gap between feeling down and accessing more relaxed and positive states of mind. Slow moving scenes of beauty transition across the screen, while narrators remind you of what’s hopeful in life. The affect of the app is hypnotic. http://www.youtube.com/
Unleash your natural ability to feel better. The Placebo Effect, Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - all confirm that our thoughts sculpt not only our feelings but our overall state of health. Through positive points of meditation and reflection, Feel Good App helps you harness your natural abilities and affect positive change in mood, feeling and outlook.