Hypnotherapy for Depression by Dr David Postlethwaite.
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Hypnotherapy for depression, we all feel low from time to time. Often this will quickly ease and we’ll go back to feeling like our usual selves. For some people, however, this low mood persists and affects everyday life.
Depression is a mental health condition that causes them to feel low for a prolonged period of time. Them may struggle to carry out day-to-day activities and lose interest in activities that them used to find enjoyable.
Depression is common. According to the Mental Health Foundation, it’s the predominant mental health problem worldwide, followed by anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Thankfully, though, there are many treatment options available. Here we’ll look at how depression can affect us and how hypnotherapy for depression can help.
What is depression?
Depression is when a person has a low mood for a long time, making it difficult for them to carry out their usual everyday activities. The condition can affect them in different ways and may be mild, severe or somewhere in-between. The level of severity will depend on how much depression is interfering with their life.
There are also different forms of depression. These include:
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – This is when depression affects someone at certain times of the year.
- Dysthymia – This is when a person has mild depression continuously for over two years and may also be called chronic depression or persistent depressive disorder.
- Bipolar disorder – This is when a person experiences extreme lows and extreme highs (known as manic episodes).
- Prenatal depression – This is when depression happens during pregnancy.
- Postnatal depression (PND) – This is when depression happens after having a baby. It usually affects the mother, but fathers can experience it too.
Signs of depression
There are several different symptoms and signs of depression. The sufferer may not have all of them, but it’s important to go to the doctor if they are experiencing symptoms for most of the day, for over two weeks. The signs of depression to be aware of are:
- a low mood, feeling sad and/or angry
- lacking in energy
- losing interest or enjoyment in activities them used to enjoy
- difficulty concentrating
- feeling tired more easily
- low self-confidence
- different sleeping habits (difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual)
- different eating habits (eating more or less than usual)
- feeling guilty or that they are worthless
They may find themselves easily irritated or have a sense of being numb to everything. They may lose interest in sex and have thoughts of self-harm or even suicide. Talking to someone about how they feel is the first step and the best way to start to feel better.
Why am I depressed?
The causes of depression will differ from person to person, yet all can be easily helped with just one session of Hypnotherapy for depression. Often the reasons are complex and there may be multiple factors at play. Some of the most common causes however include:
Certain experiences in someone’s childhood can make them more vulnerable to depression as an adult. They may have experienced trauma, abuse, bereavement or even had an unstable family environment. All of these situations can affect their mental health and make it more likely for them to experience depression.
In some cases, depression can be triggered by a particular event. They may have ended a relationship, lost someone close to them or lost their job. Major life changes like moving, getting married and changing jobs can lead to depression, too.
Research has found that if a member of their family has depression, them are more likely to develop the condition themselves. This could be linked to genetic and biological factors, or it may be down to learnt behaviours.
Drinking or taking drugs may feel like a good way to feel better, but they can often make their mental health worse. See our page on addiction to learn more.
Certain lifestyle changes can affect their mood, including how much them sleep, what them eat and how much physical activity them get. While these factors alone won’t cause depression, they can make them more likely to develop it.
Some medication side-effects include depression and some physical health problems (such as hormone issues) can cause depression. Always be sure to visit their doctor to get a diagnosis and to check for underlying causes.
Depending on how severe the depression is and their personal circumstances, their doctor may suggest different treatment options. There are many routes available and it’s important to know that help is available. If one approach doesn’t feel helpful, explore another.
Here are some of the options their doctor may recommend:
A self-help programme
If the depression is mild and it’s the first time they’re experiencing it, the doctor may suggest a self-help resource. This may include working through a self-help resource with the support of a professional, a computer-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme or a physical activity programme.
There are several talking therapies that can help with depression. These are therapies where they talk with a mental health professional to gain a better understanding of the depression and find ways of coping
In some cases, they may be recommended to try medication for depression. Often this is advised in conjunction with talking therapies. There are different medications available to help with depression, so don’t feel disheartened if they find one type doesn’t help – they may need to try different types before finding what works best for them.
Hypnotherapy for depression
Another treatment option to manage and overcome depression is hypnotherapy for depression. This approach works on a subconscious level, using techniques to identify and address the root causes while offering positive suggestions to break negative thinking patterns.
Rather than treat the symptoms of depression, hypnotherapy for depression aims to tackle what triggers lead to the depression so them can unpick it and move on.
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.
When the root cause of the depression has been addressed, suggestion techniques can be used to encourage a more positive mindset. These suggestions can help with low energy, sleeping difficulties and help them feel more like their usual self.
What’s important is for them to find an approach that works for them. Remember that everyone is different and it’s OK if what works for one person doesn’t work for them. There are lots of approaches to try and many people recover from depression and manage their mental health using the treatments discussed here.
What Is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is defined as an altered state of awareness in which them appear to be asleep or in a trance. Clinical hypnosis may be used to treat certain physical or psychological problems. For instance, it is frequently used to help patients control pain. It is also used in a wide range of other conditions such as weight issues, speech disorders, and addiction problems and of course Stop smoking hypnosis.
There is debate about how hypnosis works. Some people believe that when them are hypnotized, them relax and concentrate more, and are more willing to listen to suggestions — such as giving up smoking, for example.
Even though them appear to be in a trance during hypnosis, them are not unconscious. Them are still aware of themr surroundings, and — despite what many stage performers may claim during an entertaining show — them cannot be made to do anything against themr will. In fact, brain tests performed on patients during hypnotism sessions have shown a high level of neurological activity
What’s Involved in Hypnotherapy for Depression
The process of hypnosis involves entering a deeply relaxed but focused state (like that of daydreaming, it is a little like being in a boring lesson at school, being aware of the teacher talking, being aware of what the child behind is doing, but one’s thoughts being somewhere else). Once in this state, it involves making suggestions for the subconscious mind to accept.
There are many therapists for them to choose from, but I always advice caution when choosing a therapist. Unfortunately, a large number of therapists advertising are very poorly qualified, many have done little more than an online course. Also, many therapists will try to persuade their clients that they are going to need multiple sessions, this is nonsense a competent qualified hypnotherapist can help achieve positive results with just one session. I myself have a degree in Psychology, a doctorate in Psychology and various postgraduate qualifications in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I have been in practice for over 30 years and have an overall success rate of over 96%. So when choosing a therapist for hypnotherapy for stress, please use caution.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy for Depression
Hypnosis is an extremely versatile tool that can be used for everything from simple relaxation to pain management in childbirth. It’s enjoyable, and affordable, and the results are lasting. There are no potential negative side effects, and it can give multiple benefits at the same time.
All issues can be easily helped using just one session, visit me in my Gateshead consulting room only £95 absolutely no hidden extra charges.
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