Hypnosis Meets Depression Specialized Training Certification

Brain training for creating Joy and Happiness

So,  what exactly is depression?  Depression major depressive disorder or clinical depression is a common but serious mood disorder.  It can cause severe symptoms that affect how you may feel, think, handle everyday activities such as sleeping, eating or working.

Some forms of depression are slightly different (also called dysthymis) is a depressed mood that lasts for at least two years.  A person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms, but symptoms must last for two years to be considered persistent depressive disorder.

Postpartum depression is much more serious than the “baby blues”  (relatively mild depressive and anxiety symptoms that typically clear within two weeks after delivery) that many women experience after giving birth.  Women with postpartum depression experience full-blown major depression during pregnancy or after delivery.  The feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that accompany postpartum depression may make it difficult for these new mothers to complete daily care activities for themselves and/or their babies.

There is also Psychotic Depression, Seasonal Effective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder to name a few types of depression states.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression may include from an indication prospective, if someone has been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly everyday, for at least two weeks, they may be suffering from depression

Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood

Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism


Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies or activities

Decreased energy or fatigue

Moving or talking more slowly

Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still

Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions

Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleepying

Appetite and/or weight changes

Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts

Aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom.  Some people experience only a few symptoms while others may experience many.  Several persistent symptoms in addition to low mood are required for a diagnosis of major depression.  The severity and frequency of symptoms and how long they last will vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.  Symptoms may also vary depending on the stage of the illness.

No two people are affected the same way by depression and there is no “one-size-fits-all for treatment.

Depression is a serious mental illness, and it’s many sufferers – up to 16 million adults in the US alone – experience daily bouts of hopelessness, fatigue, a racing mind, aches and pains.  In other words,  it’s much deeper than just sadness – depression hijacks the mind and body.

What does Hypnosis have to do with depression?  Can something as simple as hypnosis really offer relief for depression?

To answer the question we have to dig a little deeper into the subconscious mind.

Knowing how the subconscious works can help us understand why hypnosis is effective for depression and depression’s underlying causes.

Many of our beliefs, emotions and memories reside in the subconscious.  In fact, everything we experience gets filtered through this repository of information.

Most of the time, the subconscious mind is helpful.

We see a butterfly or a bird at a park and we are able to identify it instantly.  That’s because buried in the subconscious mind is a lot of useful information.  We filter our experiences though this database, and in a fraction of a second the subconscious helps us make sense of the world around us.

But the subconscious can hold a lot of unhelpful information as well.  Negative filters can become deeply embedded in the subconscious.  These filters can then influence our moment to moment throughts and feelings.

How we respond to stress, for example is controlled almost entirely and automatically by the subconscious.  If a stressful even drives you to anxiousness, ander or frustation – that’s probably how your mind told you to feel.

The good new is we can train our subconscious mind to be more supportive, more helpful and a better friend.

For depression we can reprogram the subconscious to better manage and release many of the underlying causes of depression, like drug addiction, stress and worry or negative self talk.

In a nutshell, hypnosis for depression helps to release many of the negative thinking patters, bad habits and suppressed memories that negatively limit the mind.  At the same time, hypnosis can improve our coping abilities, help us get in touch with past positive memories and enhance the effectivesss for traditional depression treatments, like cognitive behavior therapy.

Hypnosis is a highly relaxed, focused state of mind that we the majority of people can reach by following a few relaxation and focusing techniques.  In fact, all hypnosis is self hypnosis it’s alot like practicing meditation.

But there is one key difference.  Hypnosis has a goal!

This highly relaxed state allows one to shed the conscious, critical mind.  And when we’re in hypnosis, we can speak directly to the subconscious.  In fact,  brain research suggests that under hypnosis the mind becomes highly susceptible to new information and new ways of thinking.

That means we can feed the subconscious mind information during hypnosis – like suggestions and positive affirmations and they stick.  We can reteach the subconscious how to make sense of the world around us.

That’s why we say Hypnosis is like meditation but with a goal.  We’re entering this state not to just relax the mind and body but also to reshape our unconscious thoughts and promote positive thinking.

For depression specifically,  Hypnosis  offers a few key benefits.

Hypnotherapy  can help with mild to moderate depression. Hypnosis can help you uncover the cause of your depression and help you overcome the negative feelings and emotions.

Hypnosis can give you better ways to cope with the causes of your depression. Some people learn to suppress difficult and unpleasant memories and feelings on a conscious level. But those memories and feelings are still there on an unconscious level.

Hypnosis allows you to connect with the events stored in your unconscious mind. You can then gain a new perspective for those memories which allows you to be free of the symptoms of your depression. Hypnotherapy can help you process these unconscious memories so you can gain new learning from the memories and move on.

The goal of hypnotherapy is to help you readjust your perception of the events that cause your depression so you can live a normal and happy life. If you would like help dealing with your depression, please feel free to contact me.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 704-287-1738


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