Depression and Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy for Depression: How Hypnosis Can Help You Regain Happiness
Contrary to popular belief, depression isn’t just another word for feeling sad all the time. Anyone who’s experienced depression knows this all too well.
Depression is a serious mental imbalance – approximately 27% of South Africans are reported to have sought and received treatment for depression – experience daily bouts of hopelessness, fatigue, a racing mind, aches and pains. In other words, it’s much deeper than just sadness – depression hijacks the mind and body.
You might be wondering: What does non medical hypnotherapy have to do with depression? Can something as simple as hypnosis really offer relief for depression?
To answer the question, we have to dig a little deeper – into the subconscious mind, but before that we need to look at what depression is.
Depression is a condition with extreme highs and lows, uniquely affecting the health of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual lives. Sometimes depression affects us to a lesser degree and other times it can be longer lasting for periods of days, weeks, months or even years.
In life there is always a cause and effect process, depression is most often the effect from a reaction to a shock, trauma or distressing event.
After some form of loss of a loved one or a situation robs us of our joy, harmony, passion for life / love or even having to deal with a physical death, we may need to deal with sorting out someone’s estate and responsibilities may be extremely stressful. These negative conditions can become emotional triggers for depression.
Depression, typical signs and symptoms
The following are examples of typical signs of depression; they have the ability if unchecked to slowly take control your mind, like ripples on a still sea gaining momentum and eventually turning into waves that gain more power that keep crash or possibly pulverizing you.
- ““I was really looking forward to getting married until I found out my husband / wife / partner cheated on me”.
- “Mom and I were so close we did so much together, she was my best friend, when she died I was shattered.”
- “Terrance by dog was fifteen years old when he passed. We were inseparable, he was by baby, my life, my bestie, I found him dead. I was so shocked.”
- “I had the best job, I was released for being over the age limit as the company forced me to retire.
- “Filing for bankruptcy means my cousins family is going to lose everything they worked for, my dad does not want to save them, what will happen to my brother now as I am not sure why the family has not pulled together.”
- “From the home foreclosure dad has no money, no job, mom has run off with her director, my sister went to hospital for overdosing due to all this.”
- “Getting out of bed in the morning is like I have run a 90km marathon, I can’t get out of bed, I simply has no interest to do anything new or anything I was familiar, I feel like my life force is drained out of me.”
- “I have started eating so many bad carbs lately; I can’t seem to stop overeating, in the last month I gained 10kg.”
- “I have started my addiction to excessive drinking, smoking cigarettes and snorting.”
- “I can’t stop watching porn, my relationship has broken down due to this.”
- “Every night I get into bed and can’t get to sleep, and when I do, I wake up there to five time a night and land up watching TV.”
- “I cry at a drop of a hat.”
- “Nothing makes me happy or sad, I feel so numb.”
Most often these symptoms are treated with drugs which are prescribed by a medical doctor. What is usually prescribed are; anti-depressants, calming medication like sleep tablets, it may also be recommended to follow a specific diet, meditation, exercise programme or to stop unhealthy habits like stop smoking.
Treatment by a counsellor encourages the depressed person to talk about their feelings, this is a short-term fix as they will feel better talking about their physical, emotional and mental experiences. Other types of therapists may introduce various to specific relaxation techniques with possible combination of positive affirmations. There is a commonality why these response to depression are fruitless as they do not address the core issues or resolve the deeper underlying reason of the depression.
Any type of these typical treatment methods is simply aimed at symptom relief, and do not treat the underlying cause of the depression.
Depression and the Subconscious Mind
Many of our beliefs, emotions and memories reside in the subconscious. In fact, everything we experience gets filtered through this repository of information.
Most of the time, the subconscious is helpful, as it helps us make sense of the world around us.
But the subconscious can hold a lot of unhelpful information. Negative filters can become deeply embedded in the subconscious. And these filters can then influence our moment-to-moment thoughts and feelings.
How we respond to trauma, for example, is controlled almost entirely and automatically by the subconscious. If a stressful event drives you to anxiousness, or anger, or frustration – that’s probably how your mind told you to feel.
The good news is we can train our subconscious mind to be more supportive, more helpful and a better friend.
What is Non Medical Hypnotherapy?
Non medical hypnotherapy is a technique used by trained and certified Hypnotherapists to improve the health and wellbeing of their clients.
It is a type of complementary medicine in which hypnosis is used to create a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility during which positive suggestions and guided imagery are used to help individuals deal with a variety of concerns and issues.
How does non-medical hypnotherapy work for Depression?
Hypnosis is a highly relaxed, focused state of mind, being under “hypnosis,” is a lot like practicing meditation.
But there’s one key difference: Hypnosis has a goal.
This highly relaxed state allows us to shed the conscious, critical mind. And when we’re under hypnosis, we can speak directly to the subconscious. This means we can feed the subconscious mind information during hypnosis – like suggestions and positive affirmations – and they stick. We can reteach the subconscious how to make sense of the world around us.
Non-medical hypnotherapy / hypnosis works for depression as it neutralizes the underlying basis of depression, allowing the body’s inherent healing ability to be activated and move into action for positive outcomes. Unfortunately, when issues are not addressed there is a constant recycling of these negative emotional and mental charges resulting in self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviours.
Non-medical hypnotherapy is becoming recognised more than ever before as a more common practice for treating deep related health and psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, etc.
Global trends indicate hypnotherapy and its techniques are being acknowledged and receiving status as the most effective method for identifying core issues and treating some of these common ailments.
General hypnosis is a short-term relief, specialty and advanced techniques taught by me and other certified hypnotists achieve the required result for positive successful long-term outcomes.
Hypnosis most commonly and effectively used for:
Below are listed some areas where none medical hypnotherapy has proved to be a highly effective in the pursue of self-empowerment and happiness.
- Anxiety and Stress Management
- Concentration Difficulties, Test Anxiety and Learning Disorders
- Depression (dysthymic disorder)
- Sexual Dysfunctions (erectile dysfunction, pre-orgasmic)
- Smoking Cessation
- Sports and Athletic Performance
- Trauma Resolution (rape, physical and emotional abuse)
- Weight Loss
What Happens in a Hypnotherapy Session?
Just like any therapy session, hypnotherapy begins with a conversation about what you would like to achieve in the process. Once the goals have been clarified and I have learned a little bit more about who you are a person, the hypnosis can begin.
Step 1 – Journey to Freedom
- We free ourselves from the controlling conscious mind.
- We enter the subconscious mind which is infinite.
- We address the entire person’s mind 100% than just treating the symptoms.
Step 2 – Identify
- We identify the issues we find ourselves in as referred to as the "unfinished healing". Bringing closure to emotional or mental wounding. These can be negative emotional charges of anger, hate, resentment, shame, guilt, fear, blame, poverty and self-sabotage must be released as soon as possible as they are triggering of other aspects.
- We discover unresolved issues that have become buried, some so deep that a person may live a life of addiction to: chocolate, cigarettes, narcotics, alcohol, food, sport, aggression, sex, abuse of self or others, emotional numbness, workaholic, workshop junkie, adrenaline junkie.
Step 3 – Release Limiting Belief Systems Their Stored Emotions and Experiences.
- Non medical hypnotherapy gifts us the opportunity to access the deepest levels of past traumatic experiences, memories and all other negative life depriving stored emotions.
- Through a process we release them from the mind, body and spirit.
- Once we complete the process the client reports the depression and all other related issues are lifted as sense of being dissolved.
- Compulsive thoughts, actions or behaviour disappear, and they are able and ready to resume living happy healthy lives again.
Step 4 – Replacing Negativity, Trauma, Shock, Fear with Influencing Positivity.
- With each session of non-medical hypnotherapy / hypnosis, we have free reign to replace the life depriving emotions of fear with what makes you feel free.
- Fearful repetitive thoughts from a traumatic event most often haunt people following that.
- Utilising positive suggestions and life-giving affirmations over power the underlying life depleting past experiences and the emotional-mental release and healing is accomplished.
Step 5 – The Power of Hypnotic Suggestions Creating Life’s Improvements.
- Non medical hypnotherapy provides efficient and effective ways in accessing and activating the individual’s ability for positive outcome within the body-mind-spirit of the individual. As the self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviours become diffused, resolved and healed, the individual begins a life attracting their hearts desires: a meaningful relationship with themselves and others, harmony within and around them, attracting opportunities for their highest good.
- We now begin utilizing hypnotic suggestibility to improve the improved functioning of their body.
- Non-medical hypnotherapy helps improve people’s lives by correcting any imbalances like patterns of restless sleep, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, low energy, irregular to no libido, migraines, headaches, phobias or chronic pain.
- The potential of non-medical hypnosis is infinite and therefore has the ability to even increase motivation to exercise and eat properly.
The word ‘hypnosis’ conjures images of volunteers on stage at a magic show, being tricked into behaving like chickens or speaking in a foreign language. But, as we have discussed, hypnotherapy is a medical treatment, not a magic trick!
Hypnotherapy is often considered as a treatment option for depression. Working in tandem with a group of powerful suggestions, affirmations, statements and psychotherapy techniques, hypnotherapy can be a powerful and highly successful form of treatment for those individuals who are suffering with depression.
When we understand our minds our lives manifest in the way we are meant to live, abundantly.