Depression

To book a hypnotherapy session, or if you have any questions, please contact me, or phone:
077199 58726
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Different kinds of depression

There are various different forms of depression. In my experience, hypnotherapy can help you with many of them, especially if your condition is due to previous traumatic or stressful experiences in your life, or unhelpful thought patterns. In a way this is a form of learned helplessness which becomes a long-term habit. Results can be remarkable and rapid using hypnotherapy for this kind of depression. Nor is depression always a passive state, since there is also anxious depression, which has a different symptom picture.

Bipolar depression

If your depression is due to a chemical imbalance, as for example in the case of bipolar depression, obviously hypnotherapy is less likely to be helpful for you, though it can often make a difference especially when used in combination with other approaches. We may be able to improve your quality of life and smooth out the ups and downs to a certain extent. There is usually a physical component to depression in general, such as low energy, shallow breathing and a lack of desire to move.

Depression, hypnotherapy and medication

I have no objection whatsoever in working with you if you are already on medication to manage your condition, in fact in some ways it can make it easier to work with you. Coming off medication is a matter which you need to take up with your doctor, once you are ready to do that. My job is to help you to get to that stage!

Medication for depression (SSRIs etc.) has been shown in trials and meta-analyses (analytical surveys of the best medical trials) to be largely ineffective for mild and moderate depression (beyond the placebo effect, which is just as active in pretty much any form of treatment).

Alternatives to medication for depression

Currently available medication has been shown to work best in severe depression. Prescribing guidelines in any case usually suggest that they are for short-term use, but they often end up being prescribed for far longer than this, due to a perceived lack of any more effective alternative.

In fact, various simple approaches such as exercise, and diet or supplements (for example EPA, eicosapentanoic acid, which is one of the ingredients of Omega-3 oils) have been shown to be as effective, if not more so, in addressing some forms of depression, and don’t usually offer any negative side-effects (Omega-3 oils have a blood-thinning effect, which may be a good or bad thing depending on your body state and any other medication you’re taking.) However, most prescribed anti-depressant medication has to be reduced gradually to avoid a rebound effect, so it is vital to work with your doctor or medical professional to do this safely.

Hypnotherapy for depression

Depression is a condition which I enjoy working with, partly because results can be so encouraging and so clear-cut. As expressed above, hypnotherapy works better for some kinds of depression than others, but we can usually make at least enough difference to make it worthwhile coming for a few sessions.

How I tackle depression with hypnotherapy

What I usually find to be the most effective approach is to trace the depression back to when it started and why. Often the two are closely linked even if there is no conscious awareness of reasons why it is there.

Having said that, people are usually aware of most or all of the reasons for their condition with this particular issue. Because depression is so intimately connected with your perception of your situation and your life in general, anything which changes that perception is probably going to create a positive change.

One by one, we tackle the events, thoughts and emotions which appear to have led to the depression, and in so doing, we dismantle the cage which is holding you back. It’s usually a very systematic process and often an encouraging one. With a few people this approach doesn’t work as well and we need to try different methods to see what will produce a shift. The important thing is to get you moving, whichever way we find to be effective in doing that.

Please contact me to discuss how hypnotherapy may be able to help you with depression

As depression can take many forms and is therefore a complex issue, I would rather you got in touch in order to address any questions in more detail than I can go into here.

To book a hypnotherapy session, or if you have any questions, please contact me, or phone:
077199 58726
(+44 77199 58726 if calling from outside the UK)

A study showing that one session of hypnotherapy improved depression and anxiety in haemodialysis patients:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23957264

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