Everyone feels a bit "down" from time to time. It's part of life. Clinical depression, however, is a lot different to having the occasional "blue" day. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness become dominant, and physical symptoms can occur in addition to emotional or psychological ones. The standard medical treatment is usually anti-depressant medication, typically selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI's) such as Prozac and Seroxat and Lexapro. These act by "rebalancing" the brain chemistry to become more like that of a non-depressed person.
Of course this is a good thing, but it does nothing to address the reasons for that chemistry being out of balance in the first place. This means the depression is being managed rather than treated. If the medication is taken away, then symptoms tend to return. Depression is only defeated by dealing with the cause, which is the thought pattern of depression itself. This is most easily done using hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a really potent tool in the treatment of depression. It is inherently relaxing, which is a good start. It also separates conscious, logical, interference from the therapeutic process and allows the therapist to address the illogical, subconscious part of the mind. This is where thought patterns change, behaviours are altered and symptoms begin to lift. The process is relatively brief - usually 8-10 sessions, which compares favourably with CBT and conventional drug therapy. A lot of suggestion work is recorded onto CD for the client to use at home, which speeds up things quite a lot.
The process aims to do the following:
- Silence the "rumination" process and allowing sleep to happen naturally
- Break the pattern of hopelessness and negative expectation
- Break the pattern of feeling stuck, helpless, and hopeless
- Teach a clear sense of personal boundaries and how to maintain them
- Transform guilt into liberation
- Prevent life's stressors from controlling the ability to cope
- Enable empowerment and foresight
There is more information on my website; but to get the full picture, please feel free to avail of an introductory consultation (free of charge and of obligation) to find out how this could benefit you, or someone you care about. It's much easier when you talk about it.......
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