Hypnosis for Depression
Look Positively Into The Future
Depression is accompanied by a high level of suffering and has an impact on the overall well-being and quality of life of those affected. Hypnosis can positively support people in recovery and help to overcome the reasons that led to the suffering. Worries are part of life, that is quite normal. However, there are also episodes in life when sorrow takes over and dejection turns into grief and a deep sometimes even inexplicable pain. People who suffer from depression often describe that everything seems to be fine in their lives and that, at least on a conscious level, there is "no reason" for this unbalanced condition. And yet there is something that those affected feel: this deep, emotional pain can become a self-perpetuating condition that is no longer controllable - with a trigger (this is what is known as reactive depression) or without a trigger.
How to recognize depression and depressive moods
If the level of natural, psychological and physical pain and sadness is exceeded, one speaks of depression. Affected persons see themselves at this point as no longer capable of acting and in a way no longer self-effective. That is why well-intentioned advice from relatives or friends is often well-intentioned but still does not get through. Much worse - those affected are suffering and have often done so much by this point to extricate themselves from this situation - so that advice is sometimes tantamount to an actual blow in the truest sense of the word. Depression is one of the most common illnesses and is usually underestimated in terms of its severity. In Germany, about 4 million people are affected by it. In my practice, it is important for me to perceive you in your life situation and to accompany you a bit on your way. Hypnosis uses the power of the subconscious and makes it possible to reconnect with resources that may seem so unattainable during a depressive episode, and brings them closer again.
Depression manifests itself in people through different symptoms and reactions on a physical and psychological level:
There are also physical symptoms associated with depression. These include decreased drive and activity, fatigue, exhaustion, usually disturbed sleep: not being able to fall asleep or sleep through the night, disturbed sleep
, sleep problems, chronic fatigue, loss of libido, decreased appetite with weight loss or cravings, waking early in the morning and not being able to fall asleep, often associated with a morning low and depressed mood.
Psychologically, sufferers also experience depression with a high level of suffering with various symptoms: inner-restlessness
and tension, depressed mood, persistent permanent depression, diminished capacity for joy, diminished interest in things and situations, increasing difficulty in concentrating, mostly impaired self-esteem and self-confidence, frequent feelings of guilt, frequent thoughts about one's own worthlessness and meaninglessness of one's own life, bad and depressed mood in the morning hours, negative, inner perspective of the future, suicidal thoughts.
An example from a former client with depression
I suffered from depression with panic attacks for three years. After numerous psychotherapy sessions and multiple medication changes, I found Isabella from the internet.... I am very grateful to her for the kind and very compassionate care.... I am finally feeling well again for a long time. I have no more fears now and can look positively into the future.... The depressive mood was almost gone after the 2nd session. Once again, many, many thanks Isabella.
Do I suffer from depressive moods or depression?
The following questions may be the first clues as to whether you are suffering from depression:
Do you experience yourself as depressed with depressed mood and increased worry about the future?
Do you experience any of the following symptoms: Low drive, tired, exhausted, less sexual interest, low mood.
Do you feel like even sleep doesn't give you the energy you need?
Do you feel overwhelmed, guilty, or irritable?
Do you feel like you are withdrawing or avoiding family and friends?
Do you find it difficult to feel joy in the things that once meant something to you?
If you can answer yes to one or more of these questions and feel restricted in your daily life, you should seek medical or therapeutic advice. You may be experiencing depression. Please note that questions are always asked broadly, so it is possible that even people who are not depressed will get a positive result. Not everyone who is tired more often suffers from depression.
Depression in Germany - Epidemiology
Depressive disorders are among the most common mental illnesses today, and yet they are still underestimated for a long time. 10% of women suffer from depression in 2013, compared with 8% of men. These are alarming figures. Because the economic and psychological consequences are immense in the population. The following graphics in their own presentation give a little insight about this. Below you will find the respective sources.
Own representation, data source: https://de.statista.com/ Question/title: prevalence of depression in Germany by sex, age and social status in 2011, source Robert Koch Institute, survey by Robert Koch Institute, published by Robert Koch Institute, origin reference rki.de, publication date, June 2013
, accessed 2020-10-29
Own representation, data source: https://de.statista.com/ Question/title: 12-month prevalence of depression in women 2009 by age and education level, Source Robert Koch Institute, Survey by Robert Koch Institute, Published by Robert Koch Institute, Reference to source Facts and figures: Results of the study "Gesundheit in Deutschland aktuell 2009," page 51, publication date September 2010
, accessed 2020-10-29
This is how depression develops
An injury to an arm or leg can quickly be traced back to a cause, but it is different with depression: usually it cannot be said that there is a cause for the development of depression. In psychology today, one assumes a multifactorial event, i.e. an interaction of many multiple factors that have an effect on a person. While on the one hand there is a predisposition to develop depression, there are numerous triggers that can cause a person to develop depression. More specifically, there are psychological and biological factors.
Psychological factors can be psychosocial stress such as a permanent overload or difficulties at work or in the partnership, overload by so-called the life time events (life events) such as loss of a loved one or a traumatic experience. In addition, psychological factors also include, for example, joylessness or dissatisfaction in life, which in the long run can lead to depression in some people. So there does not always have to be a particular trigger situation for depression.
With regard to biological factors, it has been found that messenger substances in the brain are imbalanced during depression. Who would like to deal with it more near, it is said, it refers particularly to the messenger substances Serotonin and only Adrenalin. In addition, stress hormones in the body also have an effect, in particular the stress hormone cortisone is mentioned here, which can be detected in the blood and urine. Studies have shown that an increase in the stress hormone cortisone affects sleep and appetite, making people more anxious. The two areas - psychosocial and neurobiological - are not mutually exclusive, but rather complementary. This means that depression does not have either physical (neurobiological) or psychosocial causes, but rather causes can always be sought on both sides and therapeutic intervention can be provided. This is similar to a medal, which can also always be viewed from two sides.
What consequences can depression have?
The longer depression lasts and remains untreated, the greater the suffering of those affected. Confidence and joy decrease, those affected feel increasingly joyless and less and less able to change anything.
The consequences of depression include:
Joylessness and meaninglessness increase.
Those affected find themselves in a vicious circle of negative thoughts and hopelessness.
Increasing difficulties arise in private and professional life: psychosocial, somatic and economic consequences.
Problems in the professional environment due to increasing inability to pay attention or to concentrate - up to loss of work.
Avoidance behavior and social and emotional withdrawal from friendships and relationships.
Suicide risk increases with continued duration of depression.
Increased risk from "self-therapy or self-medication" and ingestion from alcohol and/or drugs.
Physical symptoms increase such as sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, breathing difficulties or gastrointestinal complaints.
Depression and secondary conditions
Depression can cause serious problems in the long term. What hardly anyone talks about is that in depression everything that makes a person special can actually break away and lead to an identity crisis. When everything that is dear to one seems to become worthless, the social environment breaks apart due to one's own withdrawal, and the loss of one's job is on the line due to a lack of performance or the ability to concentrate, the suffering pressure of those affected becomes very high. Many sufferers complain of feelings of guilt and are ashamed of their "self-inflicted" situation. Lack of understanding among acquaintances and family members further intensifies feelings of guilt, which can lead to increased frustration. It is not uncommon for those affected by a severe depressive episode to be suicidal.
Different types of depression
What kinds of depression can be treated with hypnotherapy?
Those affected often describe the state of depression as unchangeable and difficult to bear. Many depressives feel powerless and exposed to the negative feelings. Hypnosis allows people to regain a self-effective access to themselves and their own resources and potentials. One's own potentials that have helped him or her in many situations in the past to cope with difficult and challenging times. These are natural resources and potentials to which the affected person may not have such good access at the moment of depression. Hypnosis can open up this access again. It is often only small changes in thinking and habits until we realize that a negative emotion can be transformed. From this, not only the thinking, but also the feeling, the posture of the person in its entire physiognomy and appearance can change. Ultimately, it is also the well-being what can lead to more peace, relaxation and balance. Depending on the degree and type of depression, one speaks of mild, moderate or severe depression, also the following types are helpful to describe the experienced state:
Hypnosis for chronic depression
Chronic depression means a permanent depression, people often suffer from depression since childhood, even medication does not help much. Affected people describe feeling sadness for years, inner restlessness and listlessness often makes it difficult to participate in life for many years, the quality of life suffers, affected people and their relatives are restricted. Chronic depression often remains undetected for a long time and is not treated. The medical term for a mild form of depression is dysthymia. This form is weaker than a depressive episode. Sad for years - chronic depressive moods inwardly restless, sad, listless - and this for years. It is often not recognized for a long time and therefore remains untreated: dysthymia. This is a mild, creeping depression that can be very demoralizing.
Hypnosis for somatic types of depression
In somatic types of depression, physical symptoms are in the foreground. Affected individuals might describe back pain, headaches, dizziness, breathing complaints, loss of appetite or sleep disturbances. Nowadays, this type of depression is usually diagnosed as somatic symptom disorder.
Depression hypnosis treatment
Hypnosis for depression and depressive moods
Those who have suffered from depression know the sometimes very strong feelings, which on the one hand seem irrational and on the other hand can almost completely determine the life and feelings in everyday life during the time of depression. hypnotherapy enables to change the difficulties caused by the depression, to let them become less and even to overcome them. So that life can become worth living again and those affected can once again be positive in their development, both mentally and in their behavior. The work with trance and hypnosis is a very individual work and I adjust the approach in hypnosis very personally to the person I accompany in hypnosis.
How hypnotherapy can lift you out of depression
Hypnosis can help people to regain access to their inner resources and potentials and to overcome patterns of thinking and behavior. Time and again, it has been shown that inner blockages can be broken in a relatively short time, which can lead to an increase in well-being. Through hypnosis, people gain access to their own inner stabilizing resources, which serve to break the negative cycle of depression and give life a new direction again. Hypnosis connects to supportive mechanisms and allows people in the trance to follow new paths, which seem to be hardly possible in the waking consciousness during the time of depression for those affected. My experience shows that change does not have to go through consciousness. In hypnosis we are much closer to ourselves and thus more easily able to realign life. For me, working with hypnosis is a gift: Seeing how people change in a short time and are able to cope with their everyday life again more easily and with more energy fills me with great gratitude and lets me accompany people with great joy. And therefore I am also happy when I can support and accompany you in your change.