Depression is a common problem within modern society. The condition affects millions of people each and every year, and thankfully one can use hypnosis for depression in order to help treat this condition. One of the problems that many people with depression face is finding an answer that they’re looking for.
Some people looking for a depression cure, however, such things often just don’t exist. It’s important that if one plans on using hypnosis to overcome depression, that they put things into perspective, and expect to see realistic results, not unimaginable ones.
First of all, what is depression exactly? Depression has been around ever since modern society developed, and perhaps it’s only in more recent times that it’s received such medical significance. Many people can suffer from depression, but some suffer from what’s known as clinical depression, which is a form of depression that is actually considered a mental illness of sorts. Whilst it’s undesirable to use the word ‘cure’, hypnosis can help just about anyone who suffers from any form of depression help treat and manage their condition through the use of positive, subconscious suggestions.
Another serious form of major depression is that of Melancholic Depression. This form of depression usually affects about 10% of people suffering from major depression, and can easily lead a person to feel down and lethargic in their lives. The way self-hypnosis works to treat these types of depression is by getting the subject, being you, into a relaxed mental state of mind where they’re open to persuasion and suggestions from either themselves or that of an appropriately trained hypnotherapist, who specialises in some form of clinical hypnotherapy.
The hypnotherapist will be able to guide you through aspects of your life that you find depressing and will try and find out what causes you a lack of motivation and energy. It’s by identifying the fundamental causes of a lack of routine and then applying hypnosis to get that routine back, that will allow you to look at life in a more optimistic and positive manner.
You’ve probably heard the expression before, that our mind can determine reality, and this is quite true and is one of the fundamental principles of hypnosis. If we can change enough, right down to the level of our subconscious roots, then change will occur. In order to use hypnosis for depression, the first thing you’ll want to do is find a nice quite and relaxing spot that you can use to guide yourself into a hypnotic state. Once you’ve found this spot, you’ll want to bring yourself into a hypnotic trance. If you don’t know how to do this, it is recommended you follow the Learn Self Hypnosis series located to the right, as these will teach you how to learn hypnosis that you can apply to yourself.
When you’re in a trance, the suggestions that you want to give yourself will consist of something similar to the following: ‘I will feel an energy and motivation towards all the tasks in my life, I will enjoy doing them’ and ‘I will not find any task too difficult, I can achieve anything’ and ‘I will stick to my goals and meet them’. Such suggestions are powerful and will drive your subconscious into a new mental state of positivity. Whilst people don’t always notice changes the moment they finish their hypnosis, they do notice changes sometime in the future, and you must understand that it may take a few sessions, and a bit of time before you start really noticing some differences in your life.
You may even notice positive changes immediately after your first session. The thing to keep in mind with self-hypnosis and depression is that it’s not like you’re suddenly going to acknowledge that hypnosis was the reason you feel more confident in your life. It may well be that hypnosis helps you overcome your depression, however, you may think at the time that it was true purely to your own psychological will that you overcame it, or you may not even be thinking that you’ve overcome it, it will just seem like a natural occurrence. For this reason it can be hard to tell whether or not hypnosis worked, however if in a couple of weeks time after you finish a couple of hypnosis sessions you start to notice yourself being more positive and happier in general, and less depressed, then it could well be that hypnosis was the reason for this. Just remember, though, that when hypnosis works, it isn’t necessarily obvious, the progression seems so natural because hypnosis changes the fundamental thought patterns of your behaviour, it doesn’t make its results obvious.
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There really isn’t any bad news when it comes to applying hypnosis for depression. Many people go on living their lives with their depression, some unaware as to what their problem is exactly, and some taking an excessively large amount of drugs. Whilst medication is of course needed for some forms of depression, it is recommended that you seek the services of a psychologist and find out whether or not your depression can be treated via other means. Hypnosis is one viable option that not many people are aware of, mainly because the field seems to hold so many mysteries for a lot of people, included trained professionals. As hypnosis gains greater acceptance within the medical community, its use in treating depression may become more widespread. At the moment, find a hypnotherapist whom you’re comfortable with, or alternatively, you can use some self-hypnosis audio tapes and cd’s which should have the same desired effect.
Many people ask what is better when it comes to practising self-hypnosis, attending a clinic or doing it from home? In order to answer that question, let’s look at both sides of the story. If you attend a clinic, there you’ll have a trained hypnotherapy practitioner who will be able to look and watch over you and ensure that the hypnotic suggestions which seep into your subconscious are worded specifically for you. They’ll be able to react to anything that occurs during the session and takes appropriate precautions to ensure that the session goes as smoothly as possible. Now if you were trying to cure your depression by practising hypnosis from the comfort of your own home, then, of course, you’ll have that extra element of privacy, quietness and won’t feel worried that anyone is looking for you. Now on the same token, you won’t be able to take appropriate measures to cater for anything that may not go as planned during the session. This isn’t to say anything bad might happen, it’s more about the session not being as effective as it could be if the hypnosis audio tape you’re listening to doesn’t contain appropriate suggestions that seep into your subconscious.
So to sum it up, going to a hypnotherapist means they’ll be able to make sure that you do in fact become hypnotised, whilst at home, through self-hypnosis, you’ll have to ensure this yourself.
The important thing to understand is that consistency in treating your depression with hypnosis is important. Don’t just do it once, and think that that’s all that is required. Perhaps start by doing it once a day and progress from there as needed. If you don’t notice any results, perhaps try changing the method you use to conduct self-hypnosis. If you do notice positive changes, then try and stick to the same regimen, as something is most likely being done right. If even in doubt, know that you can always speak to your psychologist, or an appropriately trained hypnotherapist, in order to seek further advice.
We hope you found this explanation of what depression is, and how hypnosis can be used to treat it, to be effective. Know that using hypnosis for depression isn’t as difficult as it may seem, and after just a couple of sessions, you may already start to notice powerful results.