Depression afflicts millions of people in America every year. For some, it is a brief episode which occurs only once in their life time. However, for many it is either chronic or recurrent, and can significantly impact their lives. It can become a very debilitating condition, and for a small percentage, it leads to suicide. While drug companies tout the effectiveness of their latest anti-depressant, anyone who has battled the disorder knows that medication does not always help. Not to mention, most medications are fraught with side effects. A combination of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis can be very effective.
Know the cause of Depression
Hypnosis for depression can help address the underlying cause as well as help individuals find much more effective coping behaviors. It can also help people achieve a happier mood and decrease or dispel the pessimistic and negative thoughts that generally accompany depression. Hypnotherapy for this disorder will typically use a combination of suggestion and imagery to bring about positive changes in the unconscious processes of the depressed individual. People who undergo hypnosis for this disorder will often experience a new sense of freedom and a greater sense of control over their thoughts, their mood, and their life in general.
Anxiety & Depression goes together
Since anxiety often goes hand in hand with depression, hypnosis can also be very beneficial because it helps reduce and often alleviate the anxious thoughts and feelings. Rather than remain stuck in the vicious cycle of painful thoughts and feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and hopelessness, hypnosis can help the person to develop a more positive outlook by using powerful self-suggestion. Rather than going through life reacting to difficult situations that would previously have felt overwhelming or hopeless, the individual learns how to respond effectively.
Risa may use positive affirmations and suggestions in a session once the individual has reached a state of deep relaxation. It is during this relaxed state that positive suggestions are very effective. For example, positive and present tense statements such as “I feel happy and optimistic, and am in control of my life”, or “I am a worthwhile person who has much to offer others” may be used.
Respond to the undesired events more positively
While not all depression is triggered by a traumatic or painful event, hypnosis can be a useful technique to help the individual learn new responses to painful triggers if indicated. It can also help the individual access distressful memories which were repressed yet contribute to the depressed mood. Hypnosis can bring those into conscious awareness and help the individual let go of painful or sad emotions associated with the event. Healthy and more positive associations which empower the individual can be learned to replace those which may have kept the individual depressed. In the future the individual will be less susceptible to similar events and will be able to respond to them more positively.
While almost anyone can be put into a hypnotic trance, hypnosis will generally be more effective if the individual feels both at ease with and trusting of the hypnotherapist. Some people will experience positive effects from hypnosis right away.
People often have what Dr. Fritz Perls called “unfinished business” with whatever has been lost, be it a loved one, a job, or a home. These unresolved feelings, such as resentments, regrets, blame, anger, guilt, jealousy, and fear are stored in the body and must be released as soon after the triggering event as possible.
Deepest Levels of Traumatic Experiences
With hypnotherapy, we can go down to the deepest level of these traumatic experiences, memories and stored emotions to release them from the mind and body. When this hypnotherapy process is completed, the client reports that their depression has lifted, that they have stopped the compulsive thoughts or behavior, and that they are ready to resume living their lives again.
With each healing session of clinical hypnotherapy, we can replace the fearful repetitive thoughts that often haunt people following a traumatic experience. Positive affirmations now work because the underlying emotional release has been accomplished.
Hypnotherapy provides an effective way to access the individual’s ability to affect the physical body.
Hypnotherapy can be used to help target unwanted or unhealthy habits and replace them with healthier behaviors. This can include being able to better control pain or anxiety or adjusting negative thought patterns that are causing depression.