Hypnotherapy for Depression
I have effectively treated many clients suffering from depression using clinical hypnotherapy in conjunction with specific techniques developed at Integrated Mind. These can help dissolve many of the unhealthy thought patterns and beliefs that may lead to depression. People generally are far stronger and more resourceful than they realise, and through hypnosis those strengths and resources can be made more readily accessible and brought to conscious awareness to be utilised.
It is not necessary to feel miserable. Take the step and do something about your situation! Conventional therapy is very effective, and far more effective than just taking anti-depressants alone. Hypnotherapy, however, can take treatment to another level, by resolving problems and reprogramming unhealthy thinking and beliefs at an unconscious level. This can happen relatively quickly when compared to the years often spent in conventional therapy.
What is Depression?
Depression is a prolonged disturbance in our mood.
Feeling depressed is a normal human experience. When a traumatic event occurs in our life, such as a loved one dying, illness, loss of an important relationship or business, it is natural to have feelings of sadness, loss and depression. Exactly what a person experiences will be unique to them and their situation. However, when these feelings continue for a longer period of time than what would normally be considered appropriate, one may be classified as having ‘depression’.
Many sufferers of depression may have what is called ‘generalised depression’, a depression for which there is no one obvious cause. Anyone can be affected by depression, regardless of education, gender, race or age. Experiencing depression is not a sign of weakness or deficiency in any way.
Listed below are the most common symptoms of depression. If you are experiencing depression you may have some or all of these symptoms to a greater or lesser degree.
- Significantly lowered mood
- Loss of interest or enjoyment in the things that normally give you pleasure
- Reduced self-esteem and self-confidence
- Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
- Bleak and pessimistic views of the future
- Reduced libido
- Disturbed sleep and / or appetite
- Reduced concentration and memory
- Ideas or acts of self-harm or suicide
- Reduced energy – fatigue / lethargy
- Mental agitation or retardation
A Word about Anti-Depressant Medication
Many depression sufferers turn to their doctor for help and are prescribed anti-depressants. Anti-depressants certainly have their place and can be helpful in the short term, but in the long term it is important to address the underlying issues that created depression. Realistically, medication cannot teach coping or problem-solving skills, or enhance one’s social skills – all factors in reducing depression.
According to Western medicine, depression is a neurochemical imbalance in the brain and is correctable with the appropriate anti-depressant drug. However, this statement is only partially accurate.
“People seem to lose sight of the fact that everything has a biochemical correlate, and that experience shapes biochemistry at least as much as biochemistry shapes experience.” (Yapco, 2001)
Your thinking affects your brain chemistry as much as your brain chemistry affects your thinking. The process is a circular one. Changing the way you think will change the way you feel. When you feel differently, you will think differently, and so on.
Diet has a powerful impact on our general sense of wellbeing, our mood and the way we feel. Your body needs quality food in order to obtain or make the amino acids it needs in order for your brain to be in balance. From these amino acids your body makes neurotransmitters such a serotonin – our own feel-good chemical – and several other neurotransmitters that keep our mood stable and happy. Julia Ross, author of ‘The Diet Cure’ and ‘The Mood Cure’, states that most people on a standard Western diet are chronically malnourished, despite having an abundance of food available to them. This causes all manner of physical and mental problems (Ross, 2012). For more information about health and diet, see the ‘Wellbeing’ page.
Ross. J. (2012). The Diet Cure, Penguin Books, New York.
Ross. J. (2003) The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions, Penguin Books, New York.
Yapco, M. (2001). Treating Depression with Hypnosis: Integrating Cognitive-Behavioral and Strategic Approaches, Routledge, New York.
I am not a trained medical doctor, therefore the content above should not be taken as medical advice. The opinions expressed are my own, gained from years of reading and personal experience on these matters, and as such are presented for informational purposes only.