Hypnosis for Treating Depression

Empirical Support for Using Hypnosis in Depression is Growing.  Research is now suggesting that hypnosis is linked to positive changes in patients that are depressed.

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Hypnosis encourages a positive outlook and a sense of empowerment. The sense of increased personal choice influences the impact of therapy. This is an important factor in an illness that causes apathy, a lack of motivation and exhaustion.

 
Who Suffers From Depression
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada  8% of adults will experience depression at some time in their lives. Women are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression as men. Common symptoms of depression may include the following
· Apathy
· Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
· Appetite and weight change
· Change in sleeping patterns
· Exhaustion
· Lack of concentration

 
How Hypnosis Helps
Research has shown that hypnosis is effective in treating various conditions which generally accompany depression. Conditions such as anxiety, insomnia and pain respond rapidly to relaxation techniques and hypnotic suggestion.  Relief of these depressive symptoms allows the client to focus on regaining their personal empowerment.

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Hypnosis builds on the belief that human potential is unlimited. By reconnecting the client with their subconscious mind the hypnotherapist is able to assist in recovering lost skills and breaking down previously unknown barriers.
By being hypnotized the client can acquire tools which do not lead to pharmaceutical dependence. Clients gain creative stress management and coping skills, problem solving skills, social and behavioural skills as well as relaxation skills.
The client is then able to integrate all of these recovered abilities into a new and positive way of dealing with their day to day life. These skills are essential in recovering from depression.

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Healing With Hypnosis
Many people are under the mistaken impression that a single session of hypnosis can affect a miraculous turnaround. As with any form of counselling or treatment a number of sessions are required to achieve the full effect. The number of sessions required will vary on a case by case basis.
Sessions will consist of a variety of treatments. Hypnosis sessions will include educating the client in self hypnosis as well as development of the skills required to combat depressive symptoms. The ability to choose the skills required in any given situation increases the feeling of empowerment within the client. Increased feelings of empowerment combined with the positive benefits gained by using self hypnosis techniques create a much more optimistic outlook.
Although research into the therapeutic efficacy of using hypnosis in cases of depression has been less than overwhelming, the literature on the treatment of depression using hypnosis is growing.

References
‘HYPNOSIS & DEPRESSION’ Michael D. Yapko Solana Beach, California, USA on
http://bscw.rediris.es/pub/nj_bscw.cgi/d4438888/Yapko-Hypnosis_depression.pdf