My name is Clive Sherlock. I worked for years as a hospital psychiatrist in the UK National Health Service (NHS), where I saw, first-hand, how all too often the treatments we were giving for conditions like stress, anxiety, anger and depression, caused unpleasant and serious side effects – including addiction and suicide. Because of this in 1974 I pioneered a radically different approach – Adaptation Practice (Ap) – and have taught it ever since.
You have probably found this site because you’ve tried other ways to make yourself feel and function better, and yet you were still looking.
Ap is certainly different from all other ways. It is perhaps the safest and most reliable way to relieve stress, anxiety, anger, depression, disturbing behaviour and related conditions. Unlike medicine and psychology, Ap deals with the cause at its source – not just the symptoms.
The question is: What is the cause, and what can you do about it?
Adaptation Practice answers this question. You can try a simple exercise to get a taste of the Practice:
Choose a time to get up in the mornings six days a week, the same time each day, and try to keep to it – exactly.
I’m sure you will be surprised at how you react, and what you discover about yourself. Almost certainly, you will not be able to keep to the time you chose. Well, you might do it but find it difficult, or you might not be able to keep to the time exactly everyday for six days.
It’s the same for all of us.
If you find it difficult, it is because something is interfering with your ability to keep to the time. At first this something will be a mystery, and yet it is the cause of your problems such as stress, anxiety, anger and depression. You may become frustrated, disappointed, annoyed, critical or dismissive, or find reasons and make excuses for not keeping to the time.
We are all in the same boat.
Adaptation Practice makes us familiar with this ‘mysterious’ underlying cause and enables us to deal with it. Don’t worry, it’s not something wrong with you. As you will find for yourself if you train in Ap, it’s the emotion in you that gives rise to your moods and feelings and affects what you say, do and think. Yes, underlying-emotion is your lifeblood.
Please take a look around the site to learn more about Ap and emotion. Perhaps a good place to start would be to read the feature article in The Times: Train your mind to fight depression by Anjana Ahuja.
When you have tried this simple exercise, say for a week, let me know what has happened. You can contact me here. I’ll be happy to discuss it with you and try to answer any questions.
I hope you find this site helpful.
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