Feelings of depression can be a normal reaction to some events or stressors such as a bereavement, job loss, retirement, injury, illness or the termination of a relationship. Therefore depression can be triggered by a normal reaction to the traumatic events one encounters in life such as marital conflict, physical or sexual abuse, economic deprivation, social skills deficits, problem-solving skills deficits, self-management skills deficits, dysfunctional ways of thinking and perceiving the world. Anxiety disorders affect 60% of those who have depression and these include social phobias, agoraphobia, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety disorder etc.
Hypnotherapy for the seven basic pillars associated with depression
1. To quiet the rumination process and let sleep take over naturally. You should develop the ability to compartmentalise and to address boundary issues relating to the waking state and the ability to sleep. (rumination is a key factor in depression) Rumination is usually about either irresolvable issues or else issues that are very unlikely to occur. It is necessary to establish a boundary that separates one's waking activities from being able to both fall asleep and stay asleep. Need to create a separate time to analyse one’s life and to try and solve all of one's problems, for example, lying in bed while waiting to sleep is definitely the wrong place. Need to make the bedroom a stress-free place.
2. To break the pattern of hopelessness and negative expectation. You are helped to build positive expectation – to look at the future optimistically – that positive change is inevitable.
3.To break the patterns of feeling stuck, helpless and hopeless. You need to address issues of rigidity and to encourage flexibility. Control issues: - depressed people evaluate distortions of what is and aren't controllable in their life. They may feel like victims of life and circumstances leading to subjective feelings of helplessness (victim mentality). Alternatively, they may suffer from the illusion of control in which the client believes he/she can control things and make things happen that are in fact beyond the individuals actual range of powers.
4. To develop a clear sense of personal boundaries and how to maintain them. Depressed people complain about feeling overwhelmed. You may be globally aware of all the problems that are facing you in life, seemingly all at once, which would be overwhelming for anyone. Thus it becomes a specific goal in treatment to not only to identify all the problems but to achieve some sense of priority and establish a sensible sequence in which the problems are going to be addressed. You need to develop the skill of compartmentalisation which involves the ability to separate one aspect of experience from another – to discover ‘where to draw the line.’
5. To turn guilt into liberation. Excessive or inappropriate guilt is a typical and emotionally powerful component of the overall experience of depression. Guilt usually surfaces when the client does not live up to someone’s expectations or even their own expectations. Clients may feel personally responsible for how other people think, the choices that other people make, the things that others do and the things that other people do not do. You need to to know what you are and are not responsible for and let other people make their own choices responsibly.
6. Preventing life’s stressors controlling your coping ability. Everyone has problems, stressors, disappointments, rejections, humiliations, losses and other hardships and circumstances that are occasionally painful. You must realise that when bad things happen that they are usually transient, there are things you can bounce back from and move on from in your life and they represent only one portion of life, not all of life. The goal is to make life a satisfying one, an enjoyable one, where you are able to experience the kind of things that you want to be able to experience. There are lots of things that fall into the realm of your control and you can do a lot of things to prevent unnecessary stresses, and avoid potentially depressing circumstances.
7. To turn indecisiveness into empowerment. Empowerment means the ability to choose, to recognise that at any given moment of time you have the ability to choose whether you respond and how you respond to different people and different circumstances. It means have an orientation towards the future that allows you to be goal orientated and be clear and deliberate in your understandings of how the things that you do right now will impact on the events yet to come.
"After long years suffering from depression and having tried different medications and gone for counselling, I had run out of hope that I would find anything that would be helpful to me. I friend who had gone to Michael for anxiety and insomnia told me that the therapy had worked wonders for him, so I said that I would give it a try.
After short numbers of sessions I noticed that my sad feelings began to lift, I seemed to be tuning into pleasant feelings instead, as though I was re-learning how to feel good.I am not taking any medication now and I am able to get enjoyment out of my family life, my work and I am able to get a good night's sleep, something that I found difficult to do in the past.
I would definitely recommend that anyone suffering from depression should visit Michael. I am not saying that everyone might be as luckily as I was to see such an improvement, but unless you try you will never know.
Disclaimer: Causes for problems are unique to each individual whether genetic, environmental, experiential, etc. This means that results can vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as typical.