Most people are suffering from one or the other type of depression, one acute, the other chronic. The condition is so controlling and so painful, and the depressed person so needful, that skilled help is essential. Most counsellors who use "talking out things" as their therapy are used to dealing with depression and anxiety. However, for many people, talk therapy can seem to take forever; and, often, even when the reasons for the depression are known, the depression symptoms remain." What is depression? How does it affect people? Depression is not "the blues." Feeling blue is a temporary condition. Depression seems like it will never end and if not treated can get worse. It can last for weeks or months--even many years. Long-term depression is insidious because it can give rise to other conditions and symptoms, some of which can be very serious even life thrusting.
Chronic depression can lead to loss of memory, loss of appetite (or a ravenous appetite), nutritional deficiencies and physical problems. It can lead to difficulty in thinking ahead, procrastination over even small tasks, feelings of great sadness that never lift and tremendous guilt: "How can I feel this way when I have everything -a good home, a good family, etc."
Depression can lead to daily suicidal thoughts. Depressed people often dislike being with other people, in part because they fear that the serious nature of their depression will be discovered. This can develop into full-blown agoraphobia, where the sufferer cannot stand to be outside at all and therefore becomes more and more isolated. The irony is that a depressed person needs the help of others, badly. Yet, they find it difficult to reach out for the help that could save them. The embarrassment and guilt, plus belief that others don’t understand what’s happening to them, sends out negative energy that repulses others, and, thus, increases the depressed person’s isolation. . Loved ones who must deal with a depressed spouse, parent or friend find themselves very frustrated. If they have never experienced depression themselves, they are inclined to make suggestions about exercising, getting out more, finding things to do, see a doctor, etc.
Sleep is one of the biggest problems for a depressed person. Some sleep all day and others become unable to sleep at all. A visit to the doctor will start will sleeping pills and then move into the taking of depression drugs. The question is when do you deal the tactual problem and how?
Treating depression with hypnotherapy.
More frequently than not, debilitating events, hurts or negative evaluations are absorbed by and buried in the subconscious memory. The victim is totally unaware of the sources of these troubled feelings, fears, self-doubt and depression. Other than temporary "blues," or depression due to being caught in the midst of what seems like an unending problem, the causes of most chronic depression lie hidden. They are like the center of an onion. Layers of denial and other experiences have grown one on top of the other over a period of time, obscuring the root causes of depression. This is where hypnotherapy comes into play and works the best.
To get to the heart of depression, these layers need to be peeled away, one by one, and each successive layer tenderly cared for until it is time to move on to the next. Peeling is healing. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy can help the "peeling" process move more quickly, and easily, than traditional talk therapy. Through hypnotherapy it is possible to set aside the conscious mind so that a person can seek, locate and uncover detrimental memories that adversely affect their personality. In discovering and understanding such problems, people are freed from the past and are helped to open new doors for opportunity and health. Hypnotherapy can help with many aspects of depression. It is not intended to replace counselling or medication, nor is it a "magic wand" that miraculously causes all symptoms to evaporate. Yet, it can be a very powerful therapy, for many reasons.
Hypnosis can help a person function with less medication or, possibly, do without medication, entirely. It can help speed the healing of physical issues. It can assist a person to find the motivation to take actions and to make decisions. It can change negative talk and cynicism into positive affirmations for a better life.
In summary, hypnosis, along with counselling, can be used, effectively, in releasing a person from acute and long-term depression. Hypnosis can be used to build self-esteem, encourage decisions and actions, and turn a negative life-approach to a positive one. It can help a person deal with fears and phobias, assist their body in becoming stronger, and help them toward building better personal relationships. Hypnotic methods can assist the client to deal with many other symptoms they may have exhibited. Most important of all, releasing the hold of the past over the person’s current life allows all of the above to fall into place, far more readily and easily.