Well, given all that’s been going on in the world, who can blame you?
If you are feeling a bit low, or worse, it’s worth noting that you’re certainly not alone. Prescriptions for antidepressants in the UK rose by 173% (and the cost rose by 700%) between 1991 and 2001. That’s one heck of a lot of tablets!
When talking about depression, we’re not talking about a low mood for a few days, but an ongoing issue that causes sleep disruption, change in appetite, no enjoyment of life whatsoever, etc, and for a long period of time. This could, possibly, be depression.
Now there’s no need to get down if you think you, or a loved one, has depression! What if we start considering depression as a natural, and even a healthy response, to an inability to cope with certain life circumstances? What if the brain is working correctly in sending signals to alert us to the fact that things in life are not good right now? If we’re experiencing challenging times, should we expect a person to be all light and life itself with a big grin on their face?
What if depression might be considered ‘normal’ or ‘natural’ given certain circumstances? It might allow us to get rid of it a bit quicker if we felt it was something we had more control over. We know there’s a saying ‘It’s 10% the situation and 90% how we deal with it’. Well, we can certainly take control of a number of things depending upon our mindset. But how do we change that mindset?
Well, there was a clever chap called Assen Alladin at the University of Calgary Medical School (Canada) who wrote:
“Hypnotherapy is a vital part of treatment for depression, based on the individual variance in the experience of this mental health problem and the adaptability of hypnotherapy, above and beyond the pharmaceutical treatments in offering an individualised therapeutic service”
The Lecturers at CPHT are Clinical Hypnotherapists with busy private practices and have some considerable experience to their names. They are great advocates for hypnotherapy for depression and anxiety as they’ve seen the results. They share this knowledge with the students in our courses and explain not only how the brain works when in a depressed mode, but they also teach the students how to help their clients to improve their mindset and thereby their mood by taking positive action. Of course, they have the added benefit of being able to use the gentle but powerful therapy of hypnosis which helps the whole process along nicely!
It makes the job of a Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapist a very rewarding one when you can help people overcome the negativity of depression!