Tackling Depression With Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for treating depression

Statistically, depression can affect 20% of the UK population at some point in their lifetime. Between 5-10% of people suffer with depression at a level that requires support or treatment. Depression is not a weakness and certain people are not prone to depression more than others. However, there are factors that can make depression more likely such as a chemical imbalance in the brain, abuse during childhood, severe trauma or parental loss at a young age. A history of depression in the immediate family can also increase the possibility of depression.

Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy that can work alongside counselling and medications and may even enable sufferers to do away with drugs completely. Hypnosis is a powerful tool for helping people with different aspects of depression and can work much faster than traditional talking therapies.

A Hypnotherapist can peel back the layers of depression

Feelings of inadequacy and a lack of interest or pleasure in day-to-day activity is the mind state of someone with depression. Depression is a mental disorder but it is not rare (despite sufferers thinking they are alone with the problem). Before diagnosis of their depression, many people struggle to understand why they feel withdrawn from society and have decreased energy levels or lack of motivation to get up and get going. Some people feel different or feel like they’re going crazy. As difficult as being diagnosed with depression is, once identified sufferers can begin to seek help in understanding the problem and controlling it.

Depressive feelings are chemical changes in the brain affecting its ability to function properly. These chemicals dictate emotions by sending and receiving messages around the body. When these messages aren’t communicated properly within the brain cells, depression occurs. There are medications that can improve communication of these messages but won’t necessarily tackle any underlying causes of depression. These can lie deep in the subconscious part of the brain where negative thoughts, habits and emotions reside.

Over time, these negative events settle in layers to a point where the root cause is hidden. Hypnotherapy can access the subconscious by peeling back the layers and treating each one individually. As each layer is removed, the next is revealed and treated in turn until the core of the problem is reached.

Setting aside the conscious mind through hypnosis

Telling yourself or being told to “pull yourself together” will not treat depression. This is because everyday decision making and thought processes are controlled by the conscious part of the brain. Hypnotherapy side steps the conscious mind and goes straight to subconscious where the true problems exist. Counselling and psychological therapies work on the same principle but talking through issues can take time to break down the conscious mind barriers that block access to the heart of the problem. When in a state of hypnosis, the hypnotherapist can help depression sufferers unlock their subconscious in a non-invasive and non-threatening way. They can then uncover memories that are affecting their personality. Through discovery and understanding of these repressed problems, people can exact change and free themselves from the past. Once this has been achieved, opportunities to improve health and mental well-being present themselves.

Once personal issues have been uncovered, hypnotherapy can then build confidence and self-esteem to help deal with any guilt. Often, incidents that lead to these unnecessary guilty feelings were out of the person’s control but they make a huge impact on their ability to cope. Confidence is a crucial factor in valuing ourselves as an equal to others and key to finding success and happiness in life. Hypnotherapy is not a miracle cure but a powerful therapy that works alongside other therapies to bring about positive outcomes for depression.

Article Submitted By:
Daniel Alexander, GoToSee Journalist

Date Published:
05/05/08

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