Treating depression with hypnotherapy


Imagine walking through a forest in spring. The leaves, just unfurled, are lime green in their early freshness. The sun, not yet at its height, is light spring golden, and warm. It dapples the forest floor, and a burst of russets, gold and browns of last year’s leaves hit the eye. Everywhere there is the sense of renewal; of life. Celendine, yellow as butter, and the blue haze of the first bluebells carpet your way. It makes you feel good just to be there. Alive. Full of life. Energising. A joy creeps into your soul. It makes your heart sing to be there. Life is good.

Now imagine the scene suddenly changes. Colour seeps away; fades to monochrome. Everything suddenly is cold and grey. Your feet, that felt as if they had wings, now feel full of lead. You are in a dead forest. There is no life. Nothing moves. You feel suddenly cold. The sun now seems the sun of a barren world, with no heat or real light to speak of. A chill wind blows. It is daytime, but it might be night, as the grey sky is so overcast.

A client once described the feeling of depression as a feeling of perpetual night, with no hope of day. I have described in the first paragraph how it feels to be in balance, and joyful about life. The second paragraph is how the world is often viewed by those suffering from depression.

Why does depression occur?

Depression comes for many reasons. It can be the vicissitudes of life; grief, job loss, divorce. It may be rooted so deeply that the person suffering from it has no idea why or how it came upon them. All they do know is how crippling it can be. Depression affects the lives of those who suffer from it in profound ways:

Loss of sleep
– Loss of libido
– Tiredness
– Muscle aches
– Lack of drive and ambition
– Loss of joy

These are just some of the symptoms.

Depression can come in varying degrees. From mild depressive states, to suicidal. It is always unpleasant in any degree. It can come upon any one of us at any time of our lives. People who suffer from it often have great difficulty in making others understand just how they are feeling.

Sometimes depressive states can last for long periods. It is common for the families of the sufferer to lose patience, thinking that the sufferer can ‘snap out of it’. Or maybe the family just doesn’t know what to do to help. Either way the sufferer can end up feeling isolated. It then becomes a vicious circle.

GPs are often very kind, and try to be supportive. But usually, due to the lack of real time they have to give, they prescribe antidepressants. These can, and often do, help. But, of course, they do not help to get to the root of the matter, and are unfortunately rarely a cure.

Hypnotherapy for depression

Hypnotherapy is an excellent way of helping people with depression. It offers a way of getting to the root of the matter. The hypnotherapist has more time to devote to the sufferer; and is usually trained in good psychological and counselling techniques which aid recovery.

Hypnosis has the advantage of allowing the subconscious mind to express itself. Once this is done often the depression will begin to lift. This can be done even if the client is, at present, taking antidepressants. So, if you are suffering from depression, why not talk to a good hypnotherapist to see if they can help? You might be surprised how your life might turn around, and the colours come flooding back with that new feeling of excitement about life again.

Go on. You deserve it!

About The Author

Sonia Smith is a qualified hypnotherapist located in Calne, Devizes, Wiltshire. She typically draws clients from the surrounding areas of Swindon, Marlborough, Trowbridge, Chippenham and Bath.

Find out more about Sonia’s work by visiting her GoToSee profile page here

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