Lift Your Mood Through Hypnosis For Depression

in Depression Treatment

Hypnosis For Depression

Depression has an effect on both the mind and the body. While the physical effects of depression cannot all be said to be rooted in the mind, many depression symptoms respond very well to changes in thinking.

That’s why it’s possible to use hypnosis to treat depression. Hypnosis and depression go hand-in-hand because hypnotherapy is rooted in the idea that changes your thoughts can change your emotions.

Hypnosis works much like meditation, which can also be used to treat depression. Trained mental health professionals can facilitate effective hypnosis sessions that are directed specifically to the kinds of thought patterns common in depression.

For example, people who are depressed often have thoughts of worthlessness or hopelessness. They may also ruminate on past events. With hypnosis, the thoughts and memories that cause depressive symptoms can be effectively changed or kept at bay.

Question ThinkWhat Is Hypnosis And What Is It Not?

Hypnosis is simply a form of relaxation. When you are hypnotized, thoughts that once triggered symptoms of depression can be reframed so that your reaction to those thoughts is less emotional.

You’ve probably had this experience without hypnosis. Think of something that once made you feel very sad that does not affect you emotionally any longer.

With hypnosis, you can purposely guide your mind to disconnect your thoughts from feelings like sadness, despair and hopelessness.

Hypnosis is not mind control. There is no need to worry that a hypnotherapist will be able to control you and make you do things against your will.

True hypnotherapy is not the kind of “hypnosis” that you have seen on television or at a stage show in which the entertainer has people chirping like birds or doing a silly dance.

Instead, it is a natural state of mind in which you are focused and best able to direct your own thoughts in a more positive way.

Since it can be difficult (but not impossible) to get into this state of mind on your own, a qualified hypnotherapist can teach you how to get there and guide you, at least in the beginning. With practice, you will be able to get there by yourself.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Mental Health

Hypnosis harnesses the power of the subconscious mind. We are all able to attain this state of natural relaxation, but most of us have lost touch with our innate ability to do so.

The hypnotic state is the state that you are in when you are so focused on something that you lose track of what is going on around you. Once you are in this state, you can make changes in the way you think and react thoughts.

Changes made in the focused, hypnotic state last longer and can even become permanent. The idea is to repeat the process over and over until it becomes second nature.

After a series hypnotherapy for depression sessions, you will begin to have more positive thoughts naturally and will not need to be hypnotized again.

Hypnosis For Depression

Think Positive

It’s well-known that positive thinking often precedes positive experiences and that chronic negativity can sabotage your chances of feeling good about your life.

Many mental health practitioners recommend hypnosis to treat depression because it can help you train your mind to trigger the feelings that are most likely to set you up for success and more joy in the immediate future.

The most effective way to use hypnosis for depression is to target your specific thought patterns. For example, is your mind cluttered with a lot of negative self-talk?

Do you find yourself often thinking things like:

  • Nothing good ever happens to me.
  • I’m a loser.
  • There is no hope.
  • What’s the use?

If so, you will need to change these thoughts to more positive statements, like:

  • I deserve good experiences.
  • I have done a lot of good things in my life.
  • I have faith in the future.
  • Life is good.

On the other hand, if your thoughts are more often in the form of ruminating on past events that make you sad, a more effective hypnotherapy session for you might be targeted at keeping your attention in the present moment.

What Will A Depression Hypnosis Session Be Like?

You can experience a session of hypnotherapy for depression either in person with a hypnotherapist or by listening to a recording. The therapist will probably start with prompts designed to get you into a calm, relaxed state.

This is often aided by relaxing music and cues to help you visualize yourself in a peaceful setting, such as a lake in the mountains. Alternatively, the session might be designed to address your insecurities and negative thoughts about yourself.

You might be asked to envision yourself in a successful job or engaged in a social activity that you feel great about.

Depression bookThe idea is to harness the emotions that are connected to these positive experiences so that you can access them whenever you think about your life.

Hypnosis is just one of many tools that can help you beat depression.

More ideas on how to manage the condition can be found in the ebook End Your Depression.

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

Previous post: