How can hypnotherapy help depression?

Depression affects all parts of a person: their body, mind and feelings. It is thought that hypnotherapy can address the subconscious part of the mind and can allow you to identify those thoughts and emotions that have led to depression. Through the use of hypnosis, you can potentially obtain a stronger grasp of your thought patterns as well as your emotions in a calm and relaxed manor. Hypnosis is considered an effective means to reduce the sadness and anxiety associated with depression by encouraging positive affirmations and emotions.

Hypnosis can also be an excellent complement to antidepressant or non-medication based therapies. Many people experience depression but your feelings and experiences should be uniquely treated. With hypnotherapy, you can address your personal negative thought patterns and hopefully, replace your depression with joy and fulfilment.

Most treatable disorders

With appropriate hypnotherapy, depression is one of the most treatable disorders. It has a dramatically lower rate of relapse than with antidepressants alone and is now considered the most effective treatment, even in severe cases, enabling the client to focus on solving problems and engage fully in life again. Depression is perhaps the most common psychological disorder today and is often a significant factor in the break-up of relationships, career problems and lack of motivation. Sufferers of depression will often turn in on themselves and refuse to engage with others, pushing away friends and loved ones. People with depression usually also have a general feeling of despair or an inability to see how their situation could change for the better.

Don’t leave it too late

Depression often starts so gradually that you don’t realise anything is wrong, but over time notice that you start to withdraw more and more from living. Severity can range from being almost totally dysfunctional to having just a few symptoms, such as:

  • Depressed mood and sometimes fearfulness
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Loss of energy
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in usual activities
  • Difficulties in thinking, concentrating etc
  • Negative thinking or forecasting the future

Often depression is made worse, or even caused by, substance abuse including misuse of alcohol, drugs or cigarette smoking.

Some of the symptoms of depression can be treated specifically, including insomnia, eating disorders and lack of concentration, but best results come from removing the depression itself.

With appropriate hypnotherapy, depression is one of the most treatable disorders. Treatment with hypnotherapy has a dramatically lower rate of relapse than with anti-depressants alone and is now considered the most effective treatment, even in severe cases, enabling the client to focus on solving problems and engage fully in life again.