Depression and Hypnosis

 

 

 

At one time, depression and hypnosis were thought to be incompatible, but recent depression hypnosis techniques have proven highly effective in the treatment of depressive illness.

 

Depression can creep up on you or hit you suddenly.  You may have had a depressed mood that felt as if it would never go and lasted most of the day.  You may have lost interest or pleasure in something that previously really important for you.

 

You probably experience sleep disturbances and feel fatigued much of the time.  You might also experience weight changes, agitation, feelings of worthlessness, excessive or inappropriate guilt, poor concentration, even thoughts about death and suicide.

 

Most of us experience loss, disappointment, rejection, humiliation and many other painful experiences over a lifetime.  It is how your mind interprets these events that affects your overall mental health.

 

If you suffer from depression then your outlook on life may be somewhat different.  Typically events are:

 

  • Taken very personally
  • Considered permanent and not temporary
  • Affect all of your life and not just a small part of it.

 

The thoughts that go behind these ideas are built deeply into the unconscious mind but they can be changed. 

 

You can learn to not take things personally, that it is not your fault.  You can realize that events just happen beyond your control and that they pass and are not so important.  You can understand that events in life do not affect your whole life just one area of it and only for a short while.

 

Under hypnosis cognitive, behavioral and psychotherapeutic techniques can be used to teach new skills to interpret life's events in a more empowering way.

 

The greatest risks to depression are:

 

  • Stressful life
  • Marital conflict
  • Physical or sexual abuse (past or present)
  • Economic deprivation
  • Inadequate social skills
  • Inadequate problem solving skills
  • Inadequate self management skills
  • Dysfunctional ways of thinking
  • Other coexisting conditions (anxiety, drug dependence, alcoholism etc.)

 

 

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Depression Hypnosis

Depression CD #1

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This CD willl help you to overcome these ways of thinking and open you up to the possibilities:

 

Learn how to recognise ambiguous events. Be careful of your own tendency to take everything personally and not objectively.Allow you to be comfortable not knowing something, not having to know something for certain, to tolerate ambiguity.

 

The first session is designed to help you change your old patterns of thinking and eliminate ambiguous thoughts. Depressive thinking has three characteristics when a bad event occurs:

 

1. You can take bad events very personally. You are not responsible, bad things just happen. No-one is to blame.

 

2. You might think that the same things will happen over and over, that they apply to you generally and affect all parts of your life. Mistaken thinking. Events are often random, they occur as a result of many complicated circumstances that may never happen again.

 

3. It may seem that the bad stuff will always keep happening as things don't change. In reality, everything changes with time and more quickly than you might think.

 

This CD session has been designed to deal with these three mistaken beliefs.

 

The second session builds positive expectation for the future; that life is really going to turn out well.

 

The therapeutic approach encourages you to explore your own experiences so each time you listen you may well uncover something new.

 

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Designed to quickly relax your mind and body, 40 minutes of deep hypnotic relaxation can feel like the equivalent of several hours of quality sleep.

The main hypnotic recording teaches you to use relaxing memories, progressive muscle relaxation and breathing techniques to help you reduce stress at any time.

 

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Types, Causes and Symptoms of Depression

12 Ways To Combat Depression

Certainly dealing with sleep disturbances will be important and this should reduce fatigue problems as well.   There are many therapies that can be used to treat depression and hypnosis, especially, can be used very effectively with cognitive, behavioral and psychotherapeutic techniques.  In addition there are other environmental, biological and psychological changes that may be vital in individual cases.

  1.    Therapy - Hypnosis
  2.    Omega 3 Supplements
  3.    Weather - Ion Generators
  4.    Exercise
  5.    Bright Light Boxes
  6.    Your Internal Voice
  7.    Allergies
  8.    Stop Smoking
  9.    Reduce Worry
  10.    Dominant Thoughts
  11.    Brain Wave Training
  12.    Spiritual Values

It is one of those days when the mind turns inwards and a black cloud descends. The more you fight it the more you sink. Any conscious fight just reinforces this by focusing your attention on it.

 

This is the time when you need to turn your focus of attention to something positive and uplifting. You can prepare your mind in a number of ways, so that it does not get caught in this downward spiral.

 

This is very difficult to do consciously.

 

The idea with hypnotherapy is to build in a number of new unconscious habits and ways of thinking. You then just leave it to your unconscious mind and focus your conscious thoughts elsewhere. 

Depression and Hypnosis

Modern Hypnotherapy techniques have proven to be very effective in helping to treat depressive illness.

 

  • You need to remember and focus on the good events in your past, not the bad ones. If you can't remember any particularly good moments then manufacture some. For example, take a scene from a film and turn it into a personal memory as if you were daydreaming. Recalling a manufactured daydream is as powerful as recalling an actual memory.

     

  • You must focus your mind on what you can look forward to in life. Anything that you hold predominantly in your mind will begin to direct your mind to fulfill it (The Law of Concentrated Attention). Maintaining your focus on the future and certainly not the past

     

  • You can push a negative, unhappy thought out of your mind and pull in a more positive one. This works on the Principle of Substitution. Your conscious mind can only really focus on one thing at a time.

    So, by having a number of good positive pre-prepared thoughts or images, you can concentrate on these and prevent negative thoughts taking control. It may sound strange but basically you are installing a happy switch that you can imagine and use when you need it.

     

  • You have to break out of the old ritual pattern of behaviour. You need to create a new habitual way of thinking so that every time the circumstances occur that would normally trigger a deepening depression, you behave differently.

     

  • You can learn to relax your whole body and switch off that busy inner voice that loops round and round and keeps you fixed on the one thing you are trying to escape.

     

  • Banish anything depressing or upsetting from your life.  We encourage people to stop watching the news on television.

 

Hypnosis can help you develop ways to integrate this new behavior into your unconscious, so that you are not continually struggling to escape the depression. Many clients don't realize that hypnotherapy has made any changes, until they look back many months or years later. This is the way it should be, well away from your conscious mind.

 

The key point is that escaping depressive thoughts are difficult for your conscious mind to do, but, easy for your unconscious. It is a matter of preparing your unconscious and then releasing control.

Omega 3 Supplements

Depression and Hypnosis supplementsTake Omega 3 supplements. For some people this can make a big difference but you need to take quite a high dose over a significant period of time. The active ingredient you are looking for on the label is EPA. About 1000mg per day or higher. Make sure you take it regularly every day. It takes 2-3 months before it begins to take effect.

If you want to read the research then take a look at this site for information on using and sourcing Omega 3 oils.
 

 

 

 

Control The Weather

Some people find their depression is affected by the weather. I've read several accounts by people who have noticed this link in themselves and it's not just to do with sunshine. There is a lot of supporting research to show that 'weather depression' is caused by the levels of electrical charge in the atmosphere.

 

Moving air, especially dry winds, pick up a positive charge as they travel across land. They become ionized. Our central nervous system runs on electrical charges so it is no surprise that we are affected by this.

 

A lot of behavior is affected by these electrical charges. Very windy locations have very high suicide rates. Tarifa in Southern Spain, home of the world wind surfing championships and a huge wind farm has the highest recorded suicide rate, per capita, in Europe. In some Arabic law, crimes of passion committed while particular winds were blowing are dealt with more leniently by the courts.

 

This phenomena is so well documented that in the United States there is a site run for the emergency services that advises on work rosters when high levels of positive ions are active in the atmosphere. Click here.

Air conditioning also produces high levels of positive ions. In Eastern Europe, especially in Germany, there is legislation that requires the installation of negative ion generators in air conditioning units.

 

Buy a negative ion generator, they are relatively inexpensive. Install it by your bedside or in your office environment.

 

Many years ago I worked in an open plan office and had one on my desk. After a few days my co-workers congregated more and more around my desk. I was sure after a while that they were unconsciously seeking out the negative ions in the air. One of the reasons fountains are so popular; flowing water produces negative ions in the surrounding air.

 

If you want to know more then there is a book by Fred Soyka called 'The Ion Effect'.
 

Exercise and Your Body

depression and hypnosisIt is well established now that sustained exercise can be very beneficial for depression. You should be aiming for around half an hour a day. 

The problem though will be motivation.  Exercise is not the first thing that comes to mind when you are feeling depressed.

 

The way you move and use your body can have a profound effect on your mood. Adopting the posture of a confident and happy person (head tilted up, hands on hips, legs astride, straight back) can change your mood, even jumping about for a few minutes. 

 

These all produce chemical changes within the brain. It might feel silly and you may not feel in the mood to do it, but this is precisely why you should do it. Get yourself 'acting' out being happy, confident and moving your body as much as possible. Every little helps. If you are feeling manic then the converse applies. Get out that relaxation tape and lie down, if you can. You are taking control of your depression, not letting your depression control you.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Your levels of exposure to direct sunlight could be a factor for you to consider. Sunlight falling on the retinas of our eyes stimulates the production of various chemicals that control our behavior. Best known is melatonin that helps control our sleeping patterns.

 

Some people are very sensitive to the amount of sunlight they are exposed to and can become very depressed by low levels of natural light. A simple cure is to purchase a Bright Light Box, which is basically a lamp that produces light similar to daylight. Sitting next to one of these for a couple of hours per day prevents their particular form of depression.

 

See the excellent site run by the SAD association.

Internal Voice

Your thoughts are controlled by the questions you ask yourself. You can empower yourself and change your outlook by asking the right questions. Some people wake up in the morning thinking 'Why do I have to work today?', 'Why do I feel so bad?', 'Couldn't I just stay in bed?'. if you are one of those people, then change is simple. Ask new questions. That's it.

 

It takes 21 days to make a habit. Write down four or five positive questions that you can ask yourself every day when you wake up. Write them down and stick them beside your bed so they are the first thing that you see when you awake. Try questions like 'Who loves me?', 'Who do I love?, 'What I am proud of in my life?', 'What can I do today that will make the day new and exciting?'. Anything along these lines that will generate a positive and uplifting answer.

 

Keep at this for at least 21 days. After that, these questions should be on automatic. You will start to look forward to the day and want to get out of bed a whole lot faster.

Allergies and Allergenics

Have a long hard look at your diet. Allergic and allergenic reactions can produce depression symptoms. (NOTE: 'allergenic' is not as immediate as an allergy. It is a food that through overuse or sickness produces negative symptoms when consumed).

Smoking

Stop smoking. Nicotine and the other chemicals found in cigarettes can deepen feelings of depression. Easy to say, I know, but take a look at the Stop Smoking pages at this site for help.

Worry

If you are worrying about anything, there is a simple technique to help you to reduce its effects. Take out a pen and a sheet of paper and draw a line down the centre of the page. On the left hand side write down all of the things that you are worrying about at this point in your life. Then, on the right hand side, write down the very worst thing that could happen if your nightmares should be realized.

 

Sit back and resolve to accept the very worst possible thing happening. Agree with yourself to come to terms with it.

 

Then, you are prepared for anything that actually happens. What actually happens will probably be an improvement on your worst fears. As you have already resolved to accept the worst if it should happen, there is nothing to worry about. This is almost an argument for having a pessimistic outlook on life. Well, if your worries are interfering with your life (anxiety, insomnia), this does work and is worth the change.

Dominant Thoughts

You can only really think about one thing at a time in your conscious mind. So, if you have to have something to think about all the time, then make it a good thought. If you find yourself constantly thinking about depressing events or possibilities in your life this is a good way to stop this habit. If necessary write down a list of the fun times in your life or your positive hopes for the future. Whenever you catch yourself slipping into a thought that is taking you down into depression, then focus on one of your good thoughts and push the bad one out of the way. This is something that can be reinforced through hypnosis.

Brain Wave Training

An area of research that has been growing over the past 40 years has been looking at training the patterns of waves produced by your brain. Certain conditions, like depression, can exhibit a characteristic profile of brain waves. These profiles can be changed.

 

Particular sounds played through headphones can artificially induce new patterns of brain waves, change the old profile and alleviate depression. To know more about this see the Brain waves page.  

Spiritual Values

Statistically, people with strong spiritual beliefs suffer far less from depression. The causes are unclear but there is certainly a relationship between depression and spirituality.

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