Suicide is the leading cause of premature mortality in Australia. Some of the highest suicide rates are recorded in Tasmania. Research suggests that mental health disorders for example depression play a significant role.
Supporting someone with depression is important. There are many possible treatments available. However, an effective solution that works in the long term is hypnotherapy Tasmania–based or otherwise.
Hypnotherapy, a word often confused with hypnosis, is a method of therapy which involves hypnosis.
When discussing hypnosis, the first image that may flash in your mind is that of a stage hypnosis which is very different from clinical hypnosis. While one is based on pure entertainment, clinical hypnosis is a way of treating underlying symptoms of various disorders like insomnia, overeating, depression, etc.
How hypnotherapy works?
Hypnotherapy explores the subconscious mind. By doing so, the information that may not otherwise be accessible becomes known and is used in dealing with disorders.
Hypnotherapy sessions involve achieving a hypnotic state of mind with the help of a trained hypnotherapist. The body is aware and conscious in this state. It just becomes more relaxed and more responsive to the treatment. It helps you deal with unhealthy problems and damaging behavioural issues.
The length of the treatment depends on a number of factors: the person involved, symptoms, the extent of the problem, etc.
Hypnotherapy offers a way of therapy that is not invasive and has no side-effects. However, people who suffer from delusions and hallucinations are not good candidates for hypnotherapy.
Also, hypnotherapy cannot happen without consent. You will not be hypnotised against your will.
Hypnotherapy and depression
Let’s see how hypnotherapy can be effective in treating depression:
- It helps to identify the thoughts that are troubling you
Often depression is associated with ideas that have rooted themselves deeply in your mind.
These ideas could be anything. It can be the death of a loved one, a childhood trauma, guilt, anger, resentment.
Hypnotherapy helps you identify the feeling that is causing all the trouble. The purpose of hypnotherapy is to target the root cause and remove it rather than dealing with it superficially.
It replaces negative with positive
Repetitive negative feelings of worry or anxiety cause a vicious cycle of negative thinking. With hypnotherapy, these negative feelings can be replaced with positive thoughts. Once the emotions related to a past trauma are released, the inlet for positivity is open. It helps you get rid of problems that you may have been battling with for a very long time.
Hypnotherapy is a long-term solution
While there are many ways to treat depression, most of them are not long-term solutions and only help the concerned person for a short amount of time after which there is a high chance that depression returns. Hypnotherapy is different. It is a long-term solution that deals with the underlying cause of the problem. It may or may not be very effective alone but works better with some other form of treatment.
While hypnotherapy was a rarely practised form of treatment, the continuous research and advancement has made it a regularly used form of therapy. It helps people suffering from anxiety, insomnia or those with unhealthy eating problems.
A word of advice
When considering hypnotherapy, always consult a trained and certified hypnotherapist.