Depression affects millions of people each year around the world. For many it is a brief depressed episode which occurs once or twice in their lifetime, which is often triggered by an event, where a person may feel a prolonged period of sadness. However, for many it can become recurring part of their life which leaves an unhelpful and often negative impact on their daily lifestyles, including their relationships. Depression can become a serious medical condition which affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts. If not treated properly, depression and stress can result in life threatening situations. Some common symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling helpless
- Feeling hopeless
- Loss of appetite or significant weight loss/gain
- Inability to sleep
- Lack of interest in daily activities
- Lack of energy
- Ability to cry at the smallest misfortune
- Consuming excessive alcohol
- Talking about killing or harming oneself
However common it is – depression is treatable. There are many ways to treat depression. Often clients are prescribed anti-depressants and sleep medication, , however sometimes, these methods of treatment simply Band-Aid the issue and don’t actually work or get to the core of the issue for everyone. The medicines prescribed by many psychiatrists often have unpleasant side effects which may make the condition of clients worse than it already is in some instances.
Hypnosis to reduce depression and stress
Hypnosis, in some cases has been shown to be effective in treating many clients suffering from depression and stress. Of course, generally speaking hypnosis does not work for everyone however it is definitely worth considering, especially if other treatment methods are not working out for you and your depressive state is seriously impacting your life.
Hypnosis can help to identify the underlying cause of depression and stress. The hypnotherapists also helps the client find various ways to cope better with behavioural changes. Rather than keeping the clients stuck in the cycle of unhelpful feelings and thoughts – hypnosis may help them in achieving a positive outlook of life by using the methods of self-suggestions.
How does it work?
Once the client has reached a state of deep relaxation, the hypnotherapists makes positive suggestions by utilising keywords and imagery. Some examples of positive statements used by the hypnotherapist include, “I feel happy and optimistic” or “I am a worthy person and can offer a lot to others”.
Many conditions of depression are triggered by a trauma or tragedy such as death of a loved one, divorce, miscarriage, losing a job, or one of many other possible traumas. Depression can set in when the individual does not feel they have time to fully grieve the loss he or she has faced. Hypnosis can allow the client to let go of the painful emotions associated with the loss. The unhelpful thoughts are replaced with ones that are more helpful and accepting of their situation, that allow the clients to live their lives to the fullest.
Will hypnosis cure depression and stress?
The answer to this direct question is “NO”. The solution and the cure for depression and stress comes from within, after all, that is where it began. What hypnosis or any treatment does, is help guide the client to find the solution they need from within. This is why hypnosis can be often hailed as “The Cure”.
The effectiveness of hypnosis varies from person to person as well as their conditions. Some people especially children feel positive outcomes from only a few sessions of hypnosis while others may need several hypnotherapy sessions to reduce the symptoms of their depression and stress depending on the severity of their condition.
Hypnosis is definitely worth considering for those who have not found benefit from medication or other types of psychotherapy. The alternative method of treatment has helped many from undesirable habits or disorders. Basically, if you are continuing to suffer from any type of issue, it is in your best interests not to give up. What is best for you may just be the very next treatment you hear about, you just never know. And what is good for you, may not be the solution for others, however if your issue continues to impact upon your life, then it really is in your best interests to keep looking.