Hypnotherapy for Depression
ABOUT HYPNOTHERAPY FOR DEPRESSION
Cognitive hypnotherapy provides a variety of treatment interventions for depression from which the hypnotherapist can choose the “best-fit” strategies for a particular depressed client. Depression is characterized by feelings of despondency and dejection, typically, also with feelings of inadequacy and guilt, often accompanied by lack of energy and disturbances of appetite and sleep. The following are 10 signs of depression:
- Persistent Sadness – Difficulties in seeing the good in life. May experience a sense of hopelessness. Minor things seem like enormous obstacles that can’t be overcome. This feeling may make it hard to complete daily activities.
- Self Loathing – Turning your misery inward. Becoming overly critical of self. This can lead to frustration and a repetitive cycle of negative thoughts.
- Loss of Interest in All Activities – Loss of interest in favorite activities often affects people with depression. Lack of focus can make tasks difficult, this can affect performance which brings the person back to self sabotage through negative thoughts. Loss of libido can hinder intimacy or render it nonexistent, impacting personal relationships.
- Irritability and Isolation – Feelings of not being able to act in a socially appropriate manner. Irritability can make them difficult to be around. Avoidance of other people. This can cause others to interpret their lack of interest in continued friendship. This can worsen the symptoms.
- Anxiety – Feelings of low self-worth can lead to anxiety. Half of people with depression experience anxiety. Worries of personal and professional future. Feelings of failure.
- Loss of Energy – Lack of energy can occur due to sadness and other factors such as lack of sleep caused by anxiety. This can cause fatigue in severe cases. Poor concentration can lead to problems at work and have a snowball effect.
- Disruption in Sleep Patterns – Struggle with Insomnia and frequent awakening throughout the night. This can exacerbate other symptoms or make them seem worse. Increased sleep or staying in bed for an unhealthy amount of time. Lethargy and lack of hope make it difficult to get out of bed.
- Changes in Appetite and Body Weight – Change in appetite is common in someone with depression. Binge eating or loss of appetite all together is also common. This can result in considerable weight gain or weight loss. These symptoms can exacerbate the feelings of self-loathing.
- Reckless Behavior – Engaging in high risk behavior as a way to escape mental anguish. Spending money carelessly or partaking in dangerous activities such as multiple partners or substance abuse.
- Self Harm – Thinking about self-harm or death. This could increase the likelihood of deliberate or accidental self-harm. People who are occupied with these thoughts should seek professional help.
Clinical Hypnotherapy, which is based on the Circular Feedback Model of Depression (CFMD), embraces the rationale for combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with hypnotherapy in the management of depression. A case formulation approach guides the clinician to select the most effective and efficient treatment strategies for his or her patient. However, the number of sessions and the sequence of the stages of Cognitive Hypnotherapy are determined by the clinical needs of each individual patient.
The Hypnotherapy component of Cognitive Hypnotherapy is introduced to provide leverage to the psychological treatment of depression and to prevent relapses. The hypnotherapy sessions generally focus on:
- Relaxation Training
- Producing Somatosensory Changes
- Demonstration of the Power of the Mind
- Expansion of Awareness
- Ego Strengthening
- Posthypnotic Suggestions
- Self Hypnosis Training
These sessions will help you regain your sense of control back in a gentle but empowering way. All you need is to be open and willing.