Overcome Depression with this Self-Hypnosis session
This Hypnosis session is designed to fight the most common symptoms of depression and to lift that dark shadow of misery, anguish and gloom. The fact that you are looking at this means you are ready…you’ve got this far…you just need to take the next step!
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Self Help for Depression
Getting help to overcome depression is not a sign of weakness
Our Self-Help for Depression Hypnosis session, addresses the central source of depression, the mind; changing the way the unconscious mind works, which then changes how the conscious mind operates, lifting the mood and letting you to see a more positive outlook for the future.
...Getting help to overcome depression is not a sign of weakness...
There are no specific ‘personality types’ that are more at risk than others. However, some risk factors have been recognised; these include inherited (genetic) factors, such as having parents or grandparents who have suffered from depression and non-genetic factors such as the passing of someone close when you were young or suffering some kind of trauma…it is often impossible to recognise a ’cause’ in many people, and this can be disturbing for people who want to understand the reasons why they are not well. However depression, like any illness, can strike for no obvious reason.
There are medications available that can really help with depression, but many people are unwilling to take these, as the side effects can almost be as disagreeable as the depression, but there are other possibilities, and using Self-Hypnosis is one of them.
What you get in this self-hypnosis session to Overcome Depression:
- An introduction to Hypnotherapy.
- Deep relaxation of body and mind to prepare you for hypnosis.
- The “drift” technique for disassociation of the conscious and unconscious minds.
- Talking to the unconscious mind – the unwanted visitor.
- Banishing the unwelcome visitor with the use of guided imagery and visualisation techniques
- Self-esteem and confidence building.
- Looking at the future without depression.
- Post-Hypnotic tools for the future.
- Relaxing re-entry to the conscious world feeling relaxed, positive and motivated.
Note: Do not stop taking any prescribed medication for your Depression without consulting your medical or psychological practitioner.
It is often impossible to identify a ’cause’ in many people, and this can be distressing for people who want to understand the reasons why they are ill. However depression, like any illness, can strike for no apparent reason.
Only a qualified doctor or health practitioner can formally diagnose you with clinical depression, however, how they reach this diagnosis gives an incredibly important insight into how to overcome depression.
Depression Screening and Tests for Depression
Screening for depression is becoming more common, as we begin to realise how much is left undiagnosed. So let’s look now at how clinical depression is normally diagnosed.
Common Signs of Depression
The 5 most common signs of depression, according to research published in The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine (1998) are as follows:
These five signs of depression were reported by at least 90% of those in the study.
Reduced enjoyment from usual activities
Disappointment with self
If you are experiencing some or all of these, it still doesn’t mean that you would necessarily be diagnosed with depression. There are of course many more symptoms of depression, both physical and mental.
According to the definitions of most medical, psychological, and psychiatric bodies, there is a commonality in the diagnosis of depression. Most depression tests have a very similar framework. Almost without exception, clinical depression will be diagnosed if a certain number of feelings, that are signs of depression, are present over a certain period of time.
Below is the ‘official’ guide for diagnosing clinical depression:
A person can be diagnosed as suffering from clinical depression if:
(A) Five (or more) of the following symptoms have been present during the same 2-week period and represent a change from previous functioning; at least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure.
(1) Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful). Note: In children and adolescents, can be irritable mood.
(2) Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day (as indicated by either subjective account or observation made by others)
(3) Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. Note: In children, consider failure to make expected weight gains.
(4) Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day
(5) Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down)
(6) Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
(7) Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt (which may be delusional) nearly every day (not merely self-reproach or guilt about being sick)
(8) Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day (either by subjective account or as observed by others)
(9) Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.
(B) The symptoms do not meet criteria for a Mixed Episode.
(C) The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
(D) The symptoms are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition (e.g., hypothyroidism).
(E) The symptoms are not better accounted for by Bereavement, i.e., after the loss of a loved one, the symptoms persist for longer than 2 months or are characterized by marked functional impairment, morbid preoccupation with worthlessness, suicidal ideation, psychotic symptoms, or psycho motor retardation.
To even start to feel better, you have to muster up from the depths of despair, enough energy and motivation to take action, and once your subconscious mind starts this process for you, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to make all those positive, life-changing, decisions you need to make to turn your life around.
The fact that you are reading this means you are ready…you’ve got this far…now just take the next step!
Causes and symptoms of depression:
OK, so that’s what the doctors use but if we look at E), it raises some interesting questions.
It says that clinical depression can be diagnosed if the symptoms cannot be attributed to bereavement. So, since grieving is a natural response, we can see that depression is simply an out-of-place natural response. And of course it is. If it were not, we would have to take drugs to create it.
So what about the incredibly popular idea that depression is due to some unnatural chemical imbalance in the brain. That this ‘imbalance’ is the source and root cause of depression?
It’s possible, but it just doesn’t make sense for the majority of cases. And when we look at the increase in depression over the last 50 years or so, we will see that our brain chemistry just can’t change that quickly. Understanding this is one of the keys to understanding depression itself.
Typical Symptoms of Depression:
ALTHOUGH it is often classed as ‘mental illness’, clinical depression often has as many physical symptoms as mental. The feelings or emotions that are depression symptoms, actually begin to cause the physical effects. How this happens is a vital part of understanding depression and the symptoms that come with it.
If you are depressed at the moment some of the following symptoms may sound familiar:
- You feel miserable and sad.
- You feel exhausted a lot of the time with no energy.
- You feel as if even the smallest tasks are sometimes impossible.
- You seldom enjoy the things that you used to enjoy-you may be off sex or food or may ‘comfort eat’ to excess.
- You feel very anxious sometimes.
- You don’t want to see people or are scared to be left alone. Social activity may feel hard or impossible.
- You find it difficult to think clearly.
- You feel like a failure and/or feel guilty a lot of the time.
- You feel a burden to others.
- You sometimes feel that life isn’t worth living.
- You can see no future.
- There is a loss of hope.
- You feel all you’ve ever done is make mistakes and that’s all that you ever will do.
- You feel irritable or angry more than usual.
- You feel you have no confidence.
- You spend a lot of time thinking about what has gone wrong, what will go wrong or what is wrong about yourself as a person.
- You may also feel guilty sometimes about being critical of others (or even thinking critically about them).
- You feel that life is unfair.
- You have difficulty sleeping or wake up very early in the morning and can’t sleep again.
- You seem to dream all night long and sometimes have disturbing dreams.
- You feel that life has/is ‘passing you by.’
- You may have physical aches and pains which appear to have no physical cause, such as back pain.
It’s this wealth of depression symptoms, and the broad scope that confuses many people as to what depression actually is. Explanations rarely cover all the symptoms, and everybody’s experience is different.
How to help yourself with depression:
1) Know about your condition – what you know about your depression has been shown to have an effect on how well you respond to treatment. Start helping yourself.
2) Get deep rest – It may not feel like it, but depression is a form of exhaustion, where over-dreaming caused by depressive thinking styles, doesn’t allow the body to recover properly. So it’s highly important to be able to relax properly and deeply. Getting back your energy and understanding how your body works are vitally important. Hypnotherapy is excellent for deep relaxation.
3) Find ways to lessen the impact of the outward emotions of depression, such as anxiety and anger. Along with getting proper rest, being able to relax is incredibly important. And a lot harder than it seems, and Self-Hypnosis can teach you have to establish a regular routine of relaxation both mentally and physically.
4) Find ways to assess and monitor your depressive episodes – The way depression makes us adopt all or nothing thinking, is a unique and crucial part of understanding depression. The way depression makes us generate seemingly hopeless outcomes to our situation, can make it almost impossible to see a way out of it.
5) Finding ways to gauge your depression can help to show the shades of grey that will ultimately defeat the black and white thinking on which depression thrives. This is often done in the form of a diary, where you grade how bad your days have been on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is the worst and 10 is the best. Then, after 2 weeks or so, you can look back and see how things have varied over that time.
6) Get exercise if you can. If you can increase the amount of physical exercise you get, it can be a great self-help for depression. The results of the physical exertion will lift your depression temporarily at least, in addition to the other benefits of exercise. (As always, consult your medical practitioner before starting any strenuous exercise regime.)
7) Cut down on rumination. Do whatever you can to decrease the amount of rumination you are doing. (Ruminating is ‘chewing over’ emotional issues in your mind without coming to any decision to act.) If possible, decide to put off difficult decisions for 1 or 2 weeks while you get your energy back.
Ways to cut down rumination are to:
a) Read novels when you have nothing to do, to occupy your mind. (Make them exciting novels, not romance or self-help books!)
b) Do exercise (see 5 above)
c) Work if you can.
Basically, anything that keeps your mind active and of your problems for a while. This is not ‘avoidance’; it is simply giving you a chance to recover.
8) Do What You Enjoy. Do what you used to enjoy doing, even if you don’t particularly feel like it. Even complete small tasks within the home if you don’t feel like meeting other people. Seemingly mundane tasks, if they have an end result, can result in a feeling of satisfaction, and actually increase your serotonin levels!
Relaxation therapies are effective in overcoming some of the other issues that can co-occur with depression. The effects of panic attacks, anxiety and anger, etc can be lessened and overcome with the ability to relax properly and deeply.
Remember, Self-Hypnosis is a powerful self-help tool for implementing change within your life. It is simple, effective, and non-invasive, produces long-term changes, and can be used by almost everyone.
A must try for anyone struggling with depression
I have sceptical about the whole idea of using Hypnotherapy for depression. My thoughts were that if the medical profession didn’t have all the answers, how would an alternative therapy work? I’m glad to say though, I was pleasantly surprised. The whole experience is very relaxing and the author certainly knows what depression feels like. The voice is soothing and easy to listen to, with no weird sound effects! After listening to the CD a few times, I really began to feel the changes – only slight things to begin with, almost unnoticed, but gradually the mist really did start to lift and my thoughts changed from negatives to positives. I now I use this CD whenever I feel things slipping back again. I feel this CD has really helped me and unless Hypnotherapy is just not for you, I can’t see any reason why it won’t work.
Relaxation and positive energy
I think this really helps with relaxing me. Mentally, I can re-charge and feel as though I have rested. Especially, helps with anxiety…..
M S Dadkhah Kandovan
Really works, have to use it regularly to reap benefits, this is the first cd that helped me, Sharon picks up on all the things that need addressing.