Hypnotherapy for Depression
Depression affects 1 in 4 people at some time in their lives. It can be a reaction to a specific life event, such as an illness, a trauma, relationship problems or bereavement for example. It may also come about as a result of the environment in which we live and work, the people around us and our reaction to this. It has been described as a ‘feeling of hopelessness’, like ‘ a black shadow that follows me around’, or ‘low mood’. It can manifest in many ways and each person’s experience is unique to them. It can often be made worse by the very things we reach for to make us feel better, such as alcohol, drugs and smoking. Whilst we think these pastimes are helping, they are inhibiting our recovery and often making our anxiety and depression worse. Our natural levels of chemicals in the brain which support our mood and help us to cope become depleted and we can spiral into an even bigger hole of low mood, hopelessness and an inability to cope with everyday life.
Hypnotherapy works by helping to increase those levels of chemicals, serotonin, noradrenalin and dopamine. We feel more able to cope and more motivated to make positive changes in our lives. Hypnotherapy is an excellent way of enabling us to change our habits and enabling us to stop using alcohol, drugs and cigarettes as a means of coping and has been reported to be one of the most effective treatments currently used.