Can Hypnosis be effective in treating clinical Depression?

Millions of Americans suffer from Depression every year. For some it’s something that only occurs once in a brief while. For others however, it is a chronic or recurrent thing. Depression can significantly impact the lives of those who are afflicted by it. It can grow into a debilitating condition where a person’s self-esteem has worn so thin that it even leads to death. Pharmaceutical companies brag about the effectiveness of the latest prescription pill, but medication is not always the most effective or most desirable approach. Medication can cause adverse side effects and is expensive.

Many have discovered the potential of Hypnotherapy in being effective in treating individuals who suffer from depression. Studies have shown that hypnosis can be more effective than cognitive-behavioral-therapy which is the method most commonly used to treat clinical depression. Hypnosis provides relief from depression for those who have previously failed with other methods.

Hypnosis for depression can help to get at the underlying triggers that cause individuals to struggle; such as poor coping skills. It can increase the mood and general happiness of a person by dispelling pessimism. From the standpoint of clinical hypnosis, Depression is caused by a negative pattern of thinking you have developed over time due to poor coping skills. Regardless of what you may be dwelling on, or what set this whole destructive plan in motion, somewhere along the lines you convinced yourself you need to be depressed as a defense mechanism. Hypnotherapy aims to unravel this web and get you feeling great! By using hypnotherapy to treat your depression you will experience a new lease on life and a new freedom to make choices with confidence.

Hypnotherapy helps with more than depression

Anxiety often goes hand and hand with depression. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat acute anxiety as hypnotherapy has a long history of alleviating anxious thoughts and feelings. Don’t get caught in the vicious cycle of painful thoughts with feelings of guild and worthlessness. Hypnotherapy will help you to develop a more positive outlook on life through “nudges” set up by you and your hypnotist to serve as anchor points when you are faced with the situations that trigger your depression and anxiety.

The hypnosis practitioner will use breathing techniques and positive affirmations to coax you into a hypnotic, state where the subconscious mind is highly receptive to suggestion. During this process you will be fully aware of your surroundings and you will not be forced to do anything that goes against your free will.

Hypnotherapy helps with depression associated with traumatic events

Although, not all depression is triggered by a painful trauma in the past, hypnotherapy is a useful method to help people to learn new responses to painful triggers such as these traumatic events and distressful memories. Hypnosis can be used to bring a conscious awareness to help a person let go of painful emotions caused by past trauma. Moving forward, the individual will be less susceptible to situations like this in the future.

Hypnosis works for everyone

Just about anyone can be put into a hypnotic state, but hypnotherapy is most effective if the individual feels comfortable and secure. Your hypnotherapist will work with you to make you feel comfortable and understand the hypnotic process.