To understand how to treat depression we must first touch base on what Depression truly is.
Honestly, it is different for everyone.
Recently I finished reading a book by Jenny Lawson named Furiously Happy it really opened my eyes. This book explained to me many things that I have personally dealt with and what others struggle with even more than I ever have.
I realized that this illness isn’t like breast cancer or leukemia. It isn’t treated this way either. Once someone gets out of a depression spell no one is there to cheer them on or tell them what an inspiration they have been.
Then, just like that, the depression, numbness, feeling alone, anxiety and nervous feelings are back for round two. Making sure they lie to you to make you feel worthless and sometimes think of really horrible things to do to yourself.
Sometimes depression can be brought on because of a distressing or traumatic event. If this is the case, then it is more then likely that the people and situations who are associated become referred to as traumatic triggers.
A common example of this is when someone we love passes. The individual must take proper time to grieve their loss and to process unfinished feelings about the deceased. Depression may set in almost immediately.
Other traumatic triggers include losing a job, divorce, or financial reversals such as bankruptcy or home foreclosures.
There are so many symptoms (seriously, I am not sure how much I trust WebMD yet I linked it anyway) that can arise from depression’s clutches. As I stated above it honestly differs for everyone. Some of the symptoms that I am challenged with are
Not being able to wake up and get out of my bed
Anxious thoughts upon waking that put me in a whirlwind of depression
Body pains that occur daily and increase with my thoughts
Extreme emotions, mostly intense crying at everything
I have also had suicidal thoughts in high school.
A lot of people have used prescribed medications. Anti-depressants, sleep medications, maybe diets Yet, these are all just symptom relief.
Some go to counselors. They will talk about their feelings which may help for awhile. Other therapists may try relaxation techniques combined with positive affirmations.
Unfortunately, these still do not resolve the deeper underlying causes of depression.
So, How does clinical hypnotherapy treat depression, you ask?
1. It helps you enter your subconscious.
Well, that doesn’t sound like somewhere I want to go!
I’ll tell you this. It is extremely relaxing and enjoyable. The conscious mind is only 10% of the mind. By entering our subconscious we are addressing the whole person, 100% of our mind than just treating symptoms.
2.It helps identify the “unfinished business”
Man don’t we have a lot of that crap! There is unfinished business even in past lives (if you believe in that, I do.)
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. Otherwise they become deeply buried beneath the numbness, addictive behaviors, and the concurrent repression that occurs when trauma and grief go untreated.
Clinical hypnotherapy works for depression because it removes the underlying basis of depression and completes the unfinished business that continues to recycle as self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors. You know what I am talking about.
3. It helps you “finish” the “unfinished business” and release the stored emotions
You know it is easy at times to recognize what our “unfinished business” can be. Now finishing/closing it is a different story. Sometimes it can get to the point of no return in your head as you worry and wonder what to do.
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.
During this process, we feel the depression lift off of our shoulders. We have put and end to the compulsive thoughts or behaviors and able to begin living our lives fully.
4. It helps replace the trauma with a positive
With each hypnotherapy session, we can replace the fearful repetitive thoughts with positive ones. Affirmations can now work because the underlying emotional release has been achieved.
5. It helps you use the power of hypnotic suggestion to create LONG-TERM IMPROVEMENT
Hypnotherapy provides release within physical pain. Once self-sabotaging thoughts have been resolved, the individual can begin to use hypnotic suggestibility to improve the body’s functioning.
Hypnotherapy can be very helpful in correcting patterns of restless sleep, low energy or libido, headaches and chronic pain.
You can even use hypnotherapy to increase motivation in creativity, exercise and eating properly.
Consistent research has allowed hypnotherapy to progress as an advanced form of therapy. Seriously, psychologists use it more than anyone. It is regularly considered as a treatment option for depression.
Hypnotherapy can be highly successful, painless, and side effect free!
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