Hypnosis for Depression

When thinking of treatments to combat depression, usinghypnosis for depression may not immediately spring to mind, but it can be a very effective depression treatment.

There are many misconceptions about hypnosis, so before we look closely at hypnosis for depressiontreatment, let us take a look at what hypnosis really is and try to debunk a few myths in theprocess.

Did you know that all of us at one time or another will experience a sort of hypnosis?

No?

Have you ever daydreamed?

I suspect the answer is likely to be ‘Yes’ and if so then you have experienced a kind of hypnosis.Thinking of hypnosis like a kind of daydreaming, you can see that it is an altered state of consciousness but at the same time it is perfectly natural, and can occur often in normal people on a regular basis.

Hypnosis is nothing like the exaggerated forms we might see on television or films in which the subject is under the ‘control’ of the hypnotist. When a person undergoes hypnosis, they are in an altered state of awareness but are still FULLY aware of their actions and what is going on. You are not unconscious or asleep, or not in control of your actions and feelings when you experience hypnosis.

Another common misconception is that hypnosis is a form of mind control or brainwashing. This is complete nonsense. The subject is fully aware of what is going on and cannot be ‘controlled’ and any suggestions, good or otherwise, which are put to a subject can be freely accepted or rejected.

Finally, contrary to popular belief, it is impossible to become ‘stuck’ in hypnosis. The relaxed state which hypnosis brings about is ultimately controlled by the subject who can freely choose to come out of the hypnotic state at will. Any stories of a person being hypnotised and not being able to get out of it are utter fabrication and are not helpful to the cause of bona fide hypnotists or hypnotherapists.

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By Dr. Deirdre Clark-Collett

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