Updated: Nov 19, 2018
Can hypnotherapy help with depression and anxiety? Hypnosis can be very effective for both depression and anxiety. In particular it can be useful in that window when you are deciding whether you will try anti-depressants.
Hypnotherapy can help target unwanted or unhealthy habits and possibly replace them with healthier behaviours. Examples include being able to better control pain or anxiety or adjusting negative thought patterns that could be worsening depression symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
The following are some of the typical signs of depression:
“I can’t get out of bed in the morning. I just don’t have the same interest in things that I used to.”
"I can't see the point in living, I don't see the point in anything."
“I don't want to eat..." or "I can't stop eating."
“I’m having trouble sleeping at night and I have no energy."
“I can't stop crying and I don't know why."
"I feel numb."
"I don't really like the world and I don't want to be part of it."
"I just don't care about anything anymore."
"I don't want to live."
"I feel lethargic and sad."
"I feel irritated by everyone and everything."
How Does Clinical Hypnotherapy Treat Depression
1. It helps you enter the unconscious:
Hypnotherapy offers an effective way of calming the mind and body systems, introducing new messages and response patterns that support calm, strategies to help you change your thoughts and your experience. It will help you to change old patterns of thinking and being, introducing new ways that will help improve your mood as the neurotransmitters adjust in line with the thinking. It will help you switch off or disrupt the fight or flight pattern and bring in new patterns of peace and calm.
2. It helps you identify the "unfinished business". Unresolved feelings, such as resentments, regrets, blame, anger, guilt, jealousy, and fear are stored in the body and must be released as soon after the triggering event as possible. Clinical hypnotherapy works for depression because it removes the underlying basis of depression and completes the unfinished business that otherwise continues to recycle as self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviours.
3. It helps you replace the trauma with positivity. With each healing session of clinical hypnotherapy, we can replace the fearful repetitive thoughts that often haunt people following a traumatic experience. Positive affirmations now work because the underlying emotional release has been accomplished.
4. It helps you use the power of hypnotic suggestion to create long-term improvement. Hypnotherapy provides an effective way to access the individual’s ability to affect the physical body. Once self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors have been resolved, the individual can begin to use hypnotic suggestibility to improve the body’s functioning. Hypnotherapy can be very helpful in correcting patterns of restless sleep, low energy or libido, headaches or chronic pain. And one can use hypnotherapy to increase motivation to exercise and eat properly.
Diana Joy Hypnotherapist