How Hypnotherapy Can Beat Depression
Depression has been hitting many people hard for many years and it seems that this epidemic is on the rise.
Modern lifestyles should be improving, not degrading as technology and systems help almost every aspect of our lives. How can this be?
What this can mean is that the issue of depression in this group of people is that they have become a victim to the dark terror of their own thoughts. The thoughts become monsters of the mind that torment its helpless host.
Depression can seriously hamper a persons lifestyle, their eating habits, their ability to work effectively and can serious issues with family & friends. To an outsider, depression may seem like something that "you must get over" or "snap out of". The truth of the matter is rather that depression will hold you down, beat you up and repeat the process day after day. It's as if a part of them has fallen into a dark hole of which there seems no escape. A darkness where the only way out, the only relief from the pain of life is often to end one's own life. It is crucial that individuals who are trapped in the cycle of depression seek assistance from a trained councellor or qualified hypnotherapist.
Thoughts Are True Creators
Once a thought is placed firmly in the mind, it can easily become a belief, and once that happens the person can become a slave to that belief. Beliefs are merely a figment of the imagination, but if it is honoured without question, it can be as real as anything else in life. In the case of someone suffering with depression, these beliefs can take the presence of low self-worth, not feeling good enough, the weight of the body feels very heavy, lack of self-love, consistent thoughts of suicide, lack of interest in most things, the need to be away from people, overwhelming sadness, no control over their life and many more.
It is almost impossible for the average person to try convince a depressed person of their good qualitities because their mindset is at such a low point that the power of the negative side will keep overwhelming them. Someone in the grip of depression can feel the anguish and frustration of being themself and having to watch & experience themself going through these depressive states.
The High Rate Of Suicide
"Can suicide really be a choice if its the only choice available?"
There are 23 suicides per day in South Africa (almost one per hour).
One in four teens have attempted suicide and one in three hospital admissions for suicide involve youth.
These are staggering and frightening statistics.
Being at the bottom of a depressive state can last between 2 days and 1 week. That is a long time to be in the pits of your own hell.
Feeling is more powerful than knowing, so even if you know that you shouldn't commit suicide, the feeling will compel you to want to attempt it.
Much more than the knowing will steer you away from it when you are in your darkness.
Suicide should not be looked at as though it is the "cowards way out" or "only something a selfish person would do". Far from it. It is an absolute desperate attempt to make the pain of being alive go away. It is always easy to consider ones own life and try make an assumption on how other people should conduct their lives. Unfortuntately this is a very narrow-minded and ignorant method which has yet to help anyone in dire straits. Assistance is what is required for such people. Assistance that is kind, compassionate and understands of the helpless situation such people find themselves in.
Different Types Of Depression
There are a few types of depression which are categorized according to the severity of their symptoms. A common criterion for depressive disorders is that they either cause significant distress or impair the individual’s functioning at school, work or at home.
Clinical depression. This is also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. Clinical depression is the most severe type of depression. This is because more of the symptoms are present at any one time compared with other types. Clinical depression is usually diagnosed when at least five of the symptoms are present at the same time for two weeks or more. The depressive period may only occur once in an individual’s life. However it can reoccur after the initial episode. To be diagnosed with clinical depression you must exhibit a depressed mood or a decreased sense of enjoyment in activities (especially ones you used to enjoy).
Dysthymic disorder. Dysthymic disorder, or dysthymia, isn’t as severe as clinical depression. However it occurs on a daily basis for a number of years. Dysthymia can develop at an early stage in your life and if this is the case, it is common that you might believe it is a normal way of feeling. The symptoms don’t tend to last more than two months at a single time. Typically this is described as having less severe symptoms of depression on a persistent basis.
Bipolar disorder/manic depression. Bipolar disorder (originally known as manic depression) causes your mood to alternate between intense highs and unbearable lows. These contrasting periods are known as episodes of mania and depression. A manic episode or depressive episode is diagnosed if three or more of the mood symptoms below occur nearly every day for at least a week.
Postnatal depression. Postnatal depression is a treatable disorder. It usually occurs two to five days after having a baby and it affects between 10 and 15% of mothers. The symptoms are similar to those of other depressive disorders and can range from very mild cases of 'baby blues' to a severe disorder called postnatal psychosis. Other symptoms may include frequently crying for no apparent reason and feelings of rejection from a partner, family, friends or even the baby.
Causes Of Depression
There doesn't seem to be one single thing that causes depression but more a collection of reasons and/or events which can bring on depression. Common issues include divorce, death in the family, retrenchment/un-employment, chronic stress, difficult financial situations etc.
How Hypnosis Helps With Depression
Hypnosis is fast becoming a reliable method to treat issues such as depression. The aim is to change behaviour, deal with unresolved issues relating to the depression and develop better coping mechanisms. This is all done using techniques that can easily access the subconscious mind. Once the hypnosis practitioner is able to bypass the limitations of the conscious mind, he/she will be able to also using the power of positive suggestion to create long-term improvement. If the mind sees something as true and contains no place for doubt, then it will believe it whole-heartedly. Therefore, once the hypnotherapist has used their techniques to create behaviour change, the client should see positive results in their thinking and their perception of the world around them.
How Many Sessions To Start With?
It is advised to start with a minimum of 4 sessions and measure the progress being made along the way. This ensures time for feedback, acknowledgement of successes, rectifying any setbacks and fine-tuning positive behavioural changes. If the presenting situation is more serious with complications that must be addressed and dealt with, then it will be essential to take a set package of 8 or 12 sessions.
Sessions are 1.5 hours in duration
Session Price = R550
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Hypnotherapy Directory - Depression
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