In Norman Doidge's book, The Brain's Way of Healing, he talks about visualization. When I'm treating clients, I believe it is important to think good thoughts and speak uplifting words. It was interesting to read that when we visualize, we activate several brain areas. This activation can create new networks of neurons firing together. This creates neural plasticity. Believe me, I know: 5 years ago I didn't think I would be able to practice again. My brain was paralyzed by negative thoughts. Can you train your brain to think good thoughts? Absolutely! Does it get easier the more you do it? Absolutely!
In his book In An Unspoken Voice (p. 135), Peter Levine says:
(Traumatic) memories are encoded not primarily in the neocortex but, instead, in the limbic system and brain stem. For this reason behaviors and memories cannot be changed by simply changing one's thoughts. One must also work with sensation and feeling--really with the totality of experience.
Has anyone ever told you to just change the way you think to get out of a difficult emotional time? We oftentimes need something MORE, something physical to help us. Chiropractic can help break the cycle of repetitive negative thoughts by changing signals to the brain.