Depression is such a depressing thing!

Overcoming Depression with Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy & EFT

Depression is not always easy to diagnose and many people suffer this life limiting condition without ever seeking treatment (or sometimes even knowing it is the problem). Those who do seek treatment may try one type of treatment and if unsuccessful, give up; resigning themselves to a life of misery!

In his excellent book ‘Treating Depression with Hypnosis’, Michael Yapko PhD, says “Hypnosis is not a therapy like psychoanalysis or behavioural therapy. Instead, it is a procedure that can be used to facilitate therapy”. First the Therapist guides the client into an Hypnotic state and therapy is then used to assist the client. The real work takes place in the client’s mind and continues to do so after the therapy session has finished.

Hypnosis is, in my opinion, the vital procedure that allows my clients to focus more fully and without distraction, upon the therapeutic strategies that I apply in treatment sessions for depression. In a sense it makes the modalities of Psychotherapy & EFT more meaningful; albeit in a sometimes meaningless world!

I continually find that clients presenting with depression, at any level, are struggling with the vagueness of life and its meaning for them.  Life is often ambiguous, in that we don’t really have the answers for most of life’s most challenging questions and this can leave anyone a little dizzy thinking about it, let alone looking for answers to give meaning to their existence. However, the real value in life is in its simplicity; I guess this is why someone came up with the KISS principle: Keep it simple sweetie!

In the masterful work of the late Dr. Victor E. Frankle (a Holocaust victim), this need for a meaning in life is made very clear.  More than this it shows that, the how, is far less important than the why in life! In his book, ‘Man’s Search for Meaning,’ Victor Frankle says “Life does not mean something vague, but something very real and very concrete, just as life’s tasks are very real and concrete.  They form mankind’s destiny, which is different and unique for each individual”.

In pursuit of one’s destiny, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and EFT can produce good results for many individuals suffering with depression. This is often not an easy or instant fix, but steady progress can be made with the individual truly wanting to overcome this life restricting condition. To a large part this is reflective of the neural changes that take place in our brain. The brain changes (neurogenesis) by making new cells as well as weakening or strengthening existing cells and networks of cells; this takes time!

From a clinical perspective there are some very effective medications that help counter the effects of depression. The key point however, is that they mostly deal with the symptomatic side of the condition and not the problem causing it! However, if you suffer from depression, relief of any kind is often a very welcome one!

The downside to medication is that it very often comes with unwanted, and sometimes very severe, side effects. My biggest concern, experientially, is that Doctors rarely alert their patients to these side effects and considering that some medications intensify the feelings of anxiety and or depression, clients can be left feeling even more helpless!

In consideration of an argument for medication, one has to look for evidence of a disturbance in the brain’s neuro electro-chemical function (the neurotransmission that is the mainstay of neural communication) and equally important, the many connections that are made in and across networks of brain cells (neurons) and brain regions. These connections determine the quality of life in both normal and abnormal situations. In fact the way we live at any point in time is a result of those very connections; because everything we do is consequential of brain activity.

Rarely, in my experience, do Doctors and Psychiatrists have the time to do extensive questioning that could lead them to the root cause(s) of their patient’s depression. However, if we find the cause, which is more often than not, a consequence of the patient’s life experience, we can treat the cause of the problem; no problem; no symptoms!

As well as the two forms of treatment for depression, therapeutic and clinical, both of which have a history of good results, there is a third option and that is a combined therapeutic and clinical approach. In this combined approach evidence suggests a higher rate of recovery and a decrease in the condition reoccurring. My own take on this is that the medication helps the client/patient stabilise their mental and emotional responses so that they can more readily accept the therapy. Very often the way into a client’s psyche is blocked by the disruption that high emotional states cause.

So, in conclusion, if you or someone you know suffer from any form of depression, or depressive type behaviour, seek the advice of your healthcare professional, but look for one who is willing to work, or already does, with complimentary healthcare professionals, e.g. Psychotherapists, Hypnotherapists, EFT or reiki practitioners.

Thom Bush

Important note:  If you think you might be suffering from depression, you should always visit your GP or Medical Advisor for advice and help in the first instance.


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