HYPNOTHERAPY FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Anxiety and depression are both fed and nourished by negative thinking. The more you think negative thoughts or repeat worries, the more negative you feel and the more bleak the world looks to you.
You can be anxious with or without also having depression. And you can be depressed without having anxiety. However, it’s not uncommon to have the two together. Feeling anxious or worried most of the time takes its toll on your mind and body and can rob the joy out of life. It take various forms: sweating, rapid heart beat, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, feelings of panic and a strong desire to flee. It can show itself as obsessive, ruminating thoughts and worries and interfere with your sleep. It can lead to other fears, like not wanting to drive on highways or leave your house.
Yes, anxiety can start with some negative thinking. When you repeat that negative thinking over time, it becomes a belief. When emotions are attached to the thoughts, the beliefs just become stronger. And the thoughts are most often based on false perceptions.
Well, if you know it’s illogical or not true, why can’t you just change your thoughts? Why can’t you just ‘reason’ it out?
Because the thoughts are stored in your subconscious mind. Reasoning and rational thought is the work of your conscious mind. Both positive and negative thoughts and experiences are stored in your subconscious mind. In the conscious state of mind, you don’t typically have access to the very powerful subconscious mind where you have the resources to change these thoughts.
That’s where hypnosis treatment comes in. Hypnotherapy allows you access to your subconscious mind where these thoughts, emotions, perceptions and beliefs are stored: that’s where they need to be changed.
Depression is defined as being in a state of negative thinking. Your mind sees negative everywhere you look. You can feel hopeless and find it difficult to see any positives in your life. Maybe you’ve even said to yourself: what do I have to complain about? There are people who have it worse than me? I have a home, a job, a spouse, good kids…..so why do I feel like this? This is a classic statement of a person with depression.
So you know it’s not ‘rational’ thinking, but you can’t seem to change it. That’s where your subconscious mind can be the source of changing the negativity that is feeding on itself. By gaining access to your subconscious mind, you can get to the resources you already have to change your thinking and your perceptions to be the positive ones you want to have.
Yes, sometimes medication is an option for you. For some people, medication gives them the foundation they need to make good use of psychotherapy or hypnotherapy. Often, people can make changes in therapy and not need the medication in the future.