Hypnosis for depression. Is it a viable option?
Before we discuss hypnosis for depression, I have something for you to think about:
A man goes to his doctor and says he’s depressed. He says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. The doctor says the treatment is simple. “The great clown Terrifini is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” The man bursts into tears: “But doctor . . . I am Terrifini.”
Many people deal with the symptoms of depression on a daily basis. They may have a lot of good things going on in their life, but they just don’t seem to be enough to make them happy. No matter how much they try, or how many times they are old to just suck it up, things just don’t seem to get any better for them. What’s worse, most of these people are never treated for the problem at hand. Let’s take a look at this debilitating condition and how hypnosis for depression can help to make the world sunny again.
What is Depression?
Before we look at hypnosis for depression, let’s look a bit at what depression really is. According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is a type of mood disorder where the sufferer is going to persistently feel a loss of interest in activities and sadness. This disorder has the potential to affect how you feel, behave, and think and can even make it difficult to perform daily functions.
Some symptoms of depression include:
- Change of appetite
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Angry outbursts
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Agitated or anxious
- Physical problems that can’t be explained
- Feeling guilty or worthless more often.
If these symptoms are recurring and they affect your daily life, it is time to get help.
Traditional Methods Used to Treat Depression
According to WebMD, there are a number of medications that work to help treat your depression and doctors are more than willing to hand them out. Unfortunately, most of these don’t work well unless coupled with talk therapy and other natural techniques to get to the root of your depression issue. Some of the traditional medications given for depression include:
Antidepressants—these include Wellbutrin and Aplenzin. These often work well at masking the symptoms of depression so you can start to make it through the day. They do come with some side effects including increasing your triglycerides, weigh gain, sleepiness, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and upset stomach.
Trycyclic antidepressants—these are the old school methods that often aren’t used as much any longer. They are include Vivactil and Adapin. These side effects include nausea, issues with blood pressure, tremor, constipation, dry mouth, dizziness, and upset stomach.
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors—this would include Pristiq and Cymbalta. The side effects of taking these would include fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, sexual issues, insomnia, and upset stomach.
Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors—these include Prozac and Celexa. The side effects for taking these anti-depressants include headaches, weight change, dizziness, insomnia, sexual issues, and upset stomach.
While some of the medications above may work to help you feel better, the side effects are often just as bad, if not worse than, what you were feeling while dealing with depression. Because of the harmful side effects, many people have turned to holistic and natural methods to help cure their depression.
A Better Way Without The Negative Side Effects
“I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.”
― Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
Because of the issues that can arise with antidepressants, patients are eager to find new methods to help them feel better. One of these is hypnotherapy, which uses the basis of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a method that works with the subconscious mind. Hypnosis helps the mind and body to relax and change our concentration and focus. Changing our focus to positive thoughts helps reduce and even eliminate the negative feelings that depression brings out. This method is completely safe, as long as you use a professional to guide you through it. There are no negative side effects, and the results of these processes last much longer than the pills listed above.
Benefits of Hypnotherapy
There are many benefits that come with hypnotherapy. These include:
- Balancing your mind and body so you can build up your coping skills
- Change your negative thoughts and perceptions to get rid of the guilt and worthlessness that depression brings out.
- Improves your self-esteem and helps you to relax when anxiety gets in the way.
- Allows you to work through various feelings including shaok, loss, helplessness, guilt, anxiety, fear, and even anger.
Because of these benefits, hypnosis for depression has become really popular and has allowed a lot of people to feel relief. Studies have shown that using hypnosis for depression is more effective and has longer lasting effects compared to using any medication. And, you don’t have to worry about the side effects.
While using a pendulum to hypnotize a client is an option, in reality this technique is rarely used.
Hypnosis for depression works because it allows you to mentally refute the negative thoughts that are going through your head.
Hypnotic techniques like age regression allow you to find the root cause of your depression. From there specific techniques can help you to let depressing thoughts and memories go, rather than holding onto them forever and becoming even more depressed.
The main point of using hypnosis for depression is to help you to let go of the experiences that triggered the depression. The hypnotist may first start by discussing your depression and seeing if they can find some hints as to the root cause. Perhaps you are feeling depressed because you have a negative self-image. For women, sometimes it is postpartum depression, and you need to work through the hormones and start feeling good about yourself. Working in a job that you don’t like and getting negative reviews can harm your mood as well.
Once the professional knows what the root cause is, they are going to help you overcome it. Sometimes, you may not recognize the root cause. In fact, when you are told what it is, you may even deny it.
While in a state of hypnosis, it is much easier to guide a client back to repressed memories which will help them slowly come to the realization. Once that is done, your hypnotist can create a hypnotic dialog to put those memories into perspective, and eliminate negative thought patterns. This will help you to see the value in yourself, and overall improve your mood.
Hiring a Professional or Using Recorded Hypnosis For Depression Programs
There are several ways you can benefit from hypnosis for depression. Some choose to go to a professional for help. This is a great way to get started. Some like the guidance, and would rather have a pro help them work through their issues for an entire course of therapy. Unfortunately, working with a qualified professional can get quite expensive. It will often cost hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. Most medical insurance will not usually cover hypnotherapy. Finding the time to go to therapy sessions and to synchronize your schedule and the hypnotist’s can be difficult.
When picking a professional, check out their references, and make sure you get to know them first. You are giving them your mental health to work with, so you need to feel comfortable and safe. Sit down and interview them. Ask them what methods and techniques they use, and what steps will be taken in the process. If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable with them, consider choosing someone else, or consider using recorded hypnosis sessions to do hypnosis on your own.
Using Recorded Hypnosis Sessions
Guided CD’s can help you with the process of overcoming depression quite effectively. CD’s allow you to work from home, at your own pace. Warning: All recorded hypnotherapy programs are NOT created equal. You should do the same due diligence on the hypnotist who created the recorded hypnosis sessions, as you would when choosing a local professional hypnotist. Research the author of the program that you want to order. If possible, call the author and ask questions!
A properly created multi-session recorded program can often get the same results as in a hypnotist’s office. With hypnosis, “one size does not fit all”. So choose a program that includes a series of 6 to 8 sessions. Each session should include a number of different techniques. This strategy will give you the greatest chance at rapid success. Many people are leaning towards this method to get good results.
Benefits of Recorded Sessions
There are a lot of benefits that come with using recorded sessions, when using hypnosis for depression. Some of these benefits include:
- Fits into your schedule: Finding a time to go visit a hypnotist can be a challenge. When you use the guided CD’s & MP3’s, you can fit it in, even if midnight is the only time you’re free.
- Costs less: Recorded sessions of hypnosis for depression always cost far less than using a local professional. You can purchase a multi-session program that works best for you and get the same benefits.
- Less time: You are able to proceed at your own pace with recorded sessions. Do you need more time on one session to ensure you get all the benefits? Did one point just take a few tries and you are done?
- If you opt for custom hypnosis CD’s, your consulting hypnotist can personalize the sessions to best fit your needs.
- More options: There are a ton of options when it comes to guided recorded sessions. You can pick the type of voice that you are listening to, and so much more. These can also be a great option if hypnosis for depression is not offered in your local area.
- Self-guided: Many people like the fact that these lessons are self-guided. They get to take the reins and decide what to do. They aren’t dependent on someone else leading them around and they can enjoy the fruits of their labors when done.
Conclusion Regarding Hypnosis for Depression
Guided recorded sessions are often the best option for hypnosis for depression. You have a lot of options, and you can listen based on your own schedule. Do you feel that you need someone to help you to get started? Choose a hypnosis CD provider who is willing to personally take your phone call or answer your emails. This will personalize your experience so that you get the most out of it, and start to kick your depression out of your life.
Depression is a condition that can affect many aspects of your life. Many people without depression feel like it is just an excuse to get out of work. However, those who suffer from this disease are trying their hardest to live normal lives. Whether or not you have used other methods to help you feel better, hypnosis for depression could be the answer you are looking for. Give this a try today, using a professional or doing it on your own using recorded sessions. You’ll start to feel better in no time!
Alan B. Densky, CH. is a modern pioneer in the field of hypnosis and NLP, with over 38 years of professional practice. He is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, as well as being certified NLP Practitioner. Mr. Densky offers a multi-session hypnosis for depression program. He also hosts a FREE hypnosis article index on his www.Neuro-VISION.us Video Hypnosis & NLP website.
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