Hypnotherapy for depression
31st March, 20150 Comments
Written by: Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
People enduring an ongoing feeling of sadness are said to be suffering from depression. The sadness these people feel is very real and there is always a good reason for feeling this way. It is usually generated in response to an event or a series of related events.
Because the event that caused this sad feeling is seen as unpleasant, its often suppressed until its consciously forgotten. Unfortunately, forgetting the event will not remove the associated feeling of sadness. It’s easy to forget an event at the conscious level, but it's impossible for the subconscious mind to forget anything. This enduring feeling of sadness is the subconscious mind’s voice and the sad feeling will continue, and even grow until it has been properly dealt with.
There are many modern approaches to dealing with depression. The most popular method today is perhaps the use chemicals to further suppress the enduring sad feeling. The problem with this method is that as the feeling grows stronger - as it’s continually avoided - more of the chemical substance is required to suppress the feeling. There are also the potential adverse side effects associated with using a chemical substance. Also to be considered is the issue of potential loss of self-esteem for the depressed person due to possibly becoming dependent on a chemical substance.
Perhaps a healthier and more mature approach to dealing with this problem would be to address the problem at its source; the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is the source of all feelings including sadness. Hypnotherapy is the most direct route for communication with the subconscious mind and goes to the heart of the problem very quickly. Hypnotherapy makes it possible to turn the situation around at a subconscious level by reframing the event differently. Its not the event that created the feeling of sadness but what the depressed person “thinks” about the event. This “thinking” is easy to adjust to a more positive frame of mind at the subconscious level. This approach is very quick compared to a lifetime of using chemical substances to suppress one’s feelings.
Hypnotherapy is non-invasive and has no side effects. Unlike using chemical substances to suppress feelings over the course of a life-time, hypnotherapy strives to help people achieve independence, self mastery and improved self-esteem. Hypnotherapy instills relaxation which removes stress and lowers blood pressure too. Hypnotherapy offers a very healthy method of treating depression.
About the author
Troy Robins is a highly experienced Clinical Hypnotherapist who has helped many thousands of people over many years of professional practice. Troy works at the Oxford Hypnotherapy Clinic in Oxford.
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