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Welcome to the website of Adaptation Practice (Ap): a safe and reliable way of relieving the distress of depression, anxiety, stress, anger and similar emotional problems. If you are like most visitors to this site you have probably arrived here after months or years of fruitlessly searching for help to relieve emotional distress.

There is certainly no shortage of remedies on offer, but as you have no doubt discovered, they don’t seem to work.

I’m Dr Clive Sherlock. I came to the same conclusion about what’s on offer more than forty years ago while working in the National Health Service (NHS) as a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist.

I saw first-hand and up close how the drugs we dispensed were frequently ineffective, often addictive and usually had many serious side effects. Off the record many doctors would privately admit this, but still we continued to dispense the drugs.

Being disillusioned with this situation, I developed Adaptation Practice and have been teaching it for the last forty years.

Ap does not depend on drugs or talking therapies.

You can read about Ap and how it works here. In a nutshell it is a form of inner emotional training to tackle the root causes of our emotional problems. It is born of the insight that though we are taught to regard emotional problems such as depression as problems of the brain, this is wrong. The thoughts and feelings are the smoke and in order to treat them we must search for the fire, which is emotion, a powerful life force that springs from deep inside us.

Please take a look around the website and see if Ap could be something you might like to try. Be sure to read these articles about it in The Times and The Guardian.

And one other thing, before you go, I would like to suggest that you try a simple experiment. It will strike you as so simple that you will laugh, but do it anyway. It is to set a specific time to get up every morning, six days a week, and write it down. (On paper! Not on a device.) Then adhere strictly to it for a week or ten days. You must get up immediately the alarm rings.

Try this for ten days, then write to me to tell me how you got along with it.

I think you will be surprised at what you find. You may discover an aspect of yourself that you had either never suspected before, or only dimly. And which you may be surprised to learn lies at the core of the emotional difficulties that are troubling you.

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