Hypnotherapy For Depression

Depression is more than simply feeling sad, unhappy or fed up for a short period of time. At times we all have days when we are feeling down. However, when you have depression you feel persistently unhappy for weeks or even months.

Depression can affect people in a variety of ways. Most people experience feeling hopeless and very tearful. Others lose interest in things that they used to enjoy. More symptoms include feeling tired constantly, loss of appetite, low sex drive and in cases of severe depression, thoughts of suicide. Luckily, with the right treatment, help and support, most people recovery from depression.

Treatment for depression usually involves medication and talking therapies or a combination of both.

Mild depression can be helped by increasing the amount of exercise that you do. Some people find that attending self-help groups can be useful. Your GP will advise on what would be best and arrange to see him again in a couple of weeks to check your progress.

Mild to moderate depression can be treating using talking therapies. This method maybe used when mild depression isn’t showing any signs of improvement or moderate depression.

Moderate to severe depression would require either antidepressants and or talking therapies. Some people prefer not to take medication for depression and opt for the alternative therapy method. Hypnotherapy is one of these therapies.

How Can Hypnotherapy Help With Depression

Hypnotherapy for depression is a popular talking therapy used to treat the illness. Hypnotherapy is a combination of CBT and NLP with hypnosis.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a technique used by therapists. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we react in that situation. In turn our actions can affect how we think and how we feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours and their thinking patterns.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is made up of neurology, language and programming. These components are involved in producing human experience. The neurological system regulates how our bodies function, language determines how we communicate with other people and our programming determines the kinds of models of the world we create.

Hypnosis allows the client to enter a trance state of mind. They are conscious of the world around them but the trance state allows the client to have heightened focus and concentrate. The client also shows an increased response to suggestion. Hypnotherapists do not practice in the same way as stage hypnotists that practise the art form of mentalism.

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