I once meditated and conquered my self hate. When I felt the hatred towards me, it turned to peace. And I felt a "vortex" somehow diminish in my mind. I speculate that it was the factory of my negative thoughts towards myself. It was responsible for my habitual self-destructive thougths. I think the vortex was a chackra being clensed.
I lost control of my thougts, and meditation would lead me to ease my panicking. It would lead to poping my back. Which was not easy, my focus had to be greater than my panicking. My friend explained that my subconscious was overloaded and it triggered a nerve. When I meditated I felt energy in the center of my forehead (where a chackra is located).
I once poped my back and suddenly I was aware that I had flesh, as if my consciouness was deviated from reality, I looked at my hand and I was aware of my flesh. As if in the lower region of my back cotained my soul and it retreated there for safety.
When I do pop my back, it seems to me that im rewiring my neck tendons, and can introspect my emotions from my chest...I think a traumatic experience damgaed the connections, and im in a process of healing myself.
There was period of time where my emotions where really bothersome and I had to run to ease them and my mind. I thought the weight of them would kill me if I did not take action.
Im not 100% sure that chakras exist, -sigh- but I am sure someting is wrong with my head.
Also I add: I once woke up and my body with a will of its own started choking myself (lightly), if anyone one can name the phenomena for me I would appreciate it :D. ( My theory, my self hate was moved to my subconsciouse and being it active durong a dream I must have tapped into it...I cant explai why I feel I share my body with some other entity...my subconsciouse?)
I also dont think psychwards are effective, infact I scorn them. Because, they dont neccesarily respect your views and like Jhon Paquette pointed out, Psychology as a science is questionable. How do we know what the medicene does. How can a pill be said to fix irrational thoughts, when we dont know the content of consciouness. I dont think pills cure depression, the only real medicine is cheering up, which is easier said than done but for me it is the most rational anwser. Its not a poor amount of serotonin that causes depression, its depression that causes a low amount of serotonin.
Solving psychological problems is difficult, and the science of doing it is in its infancy.
There is much pseudo-science in it, as well as ancient practices and their associated conceptualizations/terminology.
While some of the ancient practices can be effective, this doesn't mean that their conceptualizations are valid.
Unpacking these practices from their invalid conceptualizations can be difficult, and I'd argue that it's not always necessary. If a method works for you, there's little harm in using old terminology which is used to describe personal experience. Just recognize that these old terms (such as "chackras") can be laced with mysticism -- and while a practice such as meditation can be helpful, being mystical is never helpful.
Practical sciences of bodily control, such as singing, or athletics, or even of dealing with an anxiety attack, usually involve imagination for the sake of achieving a particular bodily result. The things imagined can be totally fictional or strange, but such imaginings serve as a way of reminding oneself how to act. This kind of imagination can be extremely effective, and so, in the right context, it is a very good thing.