Hypnotherapy for depression?

Depression is more than feeling blue.  It involves more severe, and physically and mentally paralysing sadness that carries on for over two weeks.  Many different situations can trigger the onset of depression, such as job loss, death of a loved one, divorce or separation, bankruptcy, or home foreclosure.

People with depression experience strong sense of hopelessness, which makes it difficult for them to deal with their day to day tasks, even the most basic ones like getting up from bed or going to work.  They are also likely to isolate themselves due to the belief that they are better off alone or that no one understands them.  And because of these serious symptoms of depression, there is no wonder why it is one of leading causes of suicide worldwide.

Hypnotherapy works for depression because it targets the underlying basis of depression, and completes the “unfinished business” that otherwise continues to recycle as self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviours.  With hypnotherapy, the person can go down deeper to their traumatic experiences, memories and stored emotions, which means they can quickly release them from the mind and body.

And once these self-sabotaging behaviours get resolved, the patient can utilise hypnotic suggestibility to improve their perspective and functioning. In 2007, research from University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, represents the first controlled comparison of hypnotherapy with a well-established psychotherapy for depression, meeting the APA criteria for a “probably efficacious” treatment for depression. They found that the study participants who went through cognitive hypnotherapy had greater reduction in depression, anxiety, and hopelessness, respectively, over and above those who received cognitive behavioural therapy.

There is a great deal of scientific evidences attesting to the significant benefits of hypnotherapy in the treatment of anxiety and depression. So if you or someone you know is going through any of these mental health disorders, give hypnotherapy a try. 

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A chemical imbalance?

For many years it was thought that depression was a chemical imbalance in the brain that led to low amounts of serotonin.  However that theory was called into question many years ago.

For a start we cannot measure serotonin in the brain so it calls into question how you could be prescribed the right amount of medication if you don’t know how much of a shortage there is.  Also since the brain makes serotonin and other neurotransmitters in an instant your brain chemicals are in constant flux anyway.

What seems much more likely is that it is a reaction to how you see your environment.  Environmental factors such a s work, housing, family etc are very important  It can also be learnt from others and often runs in families. because if people around you act in a certain way we have a tendency to copy that behaviour.

chemical imbalance

Have you let depression become your identity?

As long as you let depression become your identity you will have problems. Belief is very powerful and if you believe that you are destined to suffer the rest of your life then you most likely will be. life is always about choices and what choices we make. we can just stay in and ruminate or we can decide to get up and do something about our life. Obviously it is easier said than done in most cases but it is still a choice we have. the past has happened and we cant do anything about that but learn from it. What we can change though is our future. 

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