How can Hypnosis help Depression?
Depression affects around 19 million Americans every year. Depression has many causes, but many times, it is caused by a traumatic or distressing event. Depression can be treated in many ways, but the right treatment depends greatly on the person and what caused the onset of the depression.
Hypnotherapy and Self-Hypnosis have become more popular treatment options because there are no side effects. Self-hypnosis can also be used at home and without needing to speak with a doctor. Here are just a few of the ways that hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis can help with depression.
Treats the Depression Subconsciously
Depression is a mental illness that affects many people each year. However, the number of people affected is believed to be higher than recorded because not everyone with depression is diagnosed. Depression affects the way that we think on a subconscious level, and hypnotherapy treats depression on the subconscious level. This can help us adjust the way that we think about ourselves and the world around us. Hypnotherapy does not only treat the symptoms but addresses the cause of the depression for many people.
Helps You Finish Any Unfinished Business
Unfinished business can cause a huge amount of stress and emotional buildup, which can cause depression. Hypnotherapy can help you deal with the traumatic experiences and the stored emotions in a healthy way.
Many people who have used hypnotherapy have reported that they stopped compulsive behaviors and thoughts within a few treatments. Their depression was improved, and they could return to normal life, which is why hypnotherapy is becoming a recommended treatment option.
Many treatments for depression are meant to help in the short-term, which means that many people with depression do not fully recover. However, self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be used for long-term treatments because it changes the way that you think on the sub-conscious level. Most times, changing the way that you think can improve your daily life.
Unlike medications, self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be used for years and still have high levels of effectiveness. This is important for people who have chronic depression. Chronic depression is hard to treat with medications because the body builds up a tolerance when medications are overused.
Helps Replace the Trauma with Positivity
Replacing the trauma with positivity is an important part of treating depression. Many people who suffer from depression think about the trauma as something that is horrible. However, most times, thinking in this way makes the depression worse.
Replacing the negative thoughts about the trauma with positive thoughts is a difficult task for many people. Self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy help people think about the positive things in their life, instead of the past trauma. Even when the trauma is brought up after self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy people can speak about it without feeling depressed or relapsing into their depression.
This is important for people with depression because it can help them continue with their everyday life. Hypnotherapy and Self-Hypnosis has helped many people with their depression. It is a great option for people who have tried other treatments without them working. If you want to try self-hypnosis, you can download our self-hypnosis program here.
Using Hypnosis to Help Manage Depression
Depression is becoming more and more widespread around the world, with prescriptions for anti-depression medications on the rise. In fact, 350 million people worldwide have some form of depression, and in 2015, about 16.1 million US adults had at least one major depressive episode in the previous year, this equates to 6.7% of all U.S. adults.
Medication for depression has improved greatly over the decades and, while helpful for many people, it is not always a “cure-all” and may not help with all the symptoms of depression. Besides that, anti-depressant medicine can have some unpleasant side effects (such as weight gain, constipation and, in extreme cases, may even be the cause of suicidal ideation) and can in some instances lead to tolerance and dependence.
Coming off the medications can be very tricky and finding an effective medication in the first place may involve lots of trial and error and can be disruptive to the emotional and psychological state of the individual seeking help. Not an easy road to take, but an option for more and more it seems.
Hypnosis for the Treatment of Depression
As clinical psychologist and hypnosis expert Dr. Yapko explains, hypnosis by itself is not in fact a therapy, but when it is combined with a treatment method such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), it can help to enhance the outcome of said therapy. Hypnosis in combination with CBT and medication has been found to be efficacious in combatting symptoms of depression and increasing quality of life for clients who choose to use this approach.
Many neuroscientific studies are now being undertaken on the topic of hypnosis, but many more are needed to really understand how hypnosis affects the brain and how it can have such astounding results. It seems that hypnosis can increase the capacity of the brain and the subconscious mind to respond to the therapist’s suggestions.
This in turn can bring about positive change or enhance success in an individual. With depression, the negative thoughts about the self, and the world that underlay the experience of the symptoms, are targeted and can be transformed with the aid of hypnotherapy, so that more positive thoughts replace the old, detrimental, and non-factual beliefs.
One of the common fears around undergoing hypnosis is that the client will lose their autonomy and be left vulnerable. On the contrary, throughout hypnosis the client is conscious and is in control of themselves and the session. Dr. Yapko does emphasize that anyone considering visiting a hypnotherapist should ensure that the practitioner is also qualified to conduct therapy.
Hypnosis is Nothing to be Afraid Of
Hypnosis is nothing to be afraid of, it is a simple tool for inducing a deeply relaxed state where focused attention is increased, allowing the client to absorb powerful suggestions from the therapist more easily and more deeply, in order to enhance their well-being and help them function at a more optimum level.
Symptoms of Depression that Hypnosis Help With
Some of the common symptoms of depression that hypnosis, alongside medication and therapy can help with include:
Each client is different and the hypnotherapist will tailor sessions to meet his or her individual needs. Some of the areas that may be addressed through hypnotherapy include changing core beliefs, replacing negative automatic thoughts with more helpful thoughts, increasing a sense of self-efficacy, a more positive outlook, and a capacity to respond realistically and effectively to inevitable life events.
All of these areas can be addressed using CBT alone, but adding in hypnosis increases successful outcomes. As to how many sessions you might need, it depends on a number of factors such as your belief in hypnosis, your capacity to receive and be affected by it, the severity of your symptoms and your ability to become relaxed. It is best to discuss this question with a trained therapist who uses hypnosis.
Hypnosis with a qualified therapist is a real option for treating depression and is most effective when used alongside medication and therapy. While more scientific studies are needed to evaluate and understand, just how effective hypnosis is in treating depression and to understand how hypnosis actually works, it is becoming apparent that hypnosis can benefit people with symptoms of depression when used in conjunction with therapy and also medication.