ROBERT MATTHEWS HYPNOTHERAPY

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Brief comments about treatment of selected problems and conditions
 
Depression

Depression is usually a reaction to some kind of loss or series of losses such as beravement, seperation, break-up, a set back, failure, loss of opportunity, even loss of hope. Sometimes such losses happen suddenly, but they are equally likely to creep up on us slowly, such as the loss of youth and looks, and opportunity.

The sufferer is sometimes unaware of the reasons for depression or even unaware of what is really causing problems deep down. There are well known therapies, eg cognitive behavioural therapy, that try their best to reason with the depressive's negative feelings, thoughts and beliefs, but though they can be helpful, they are only dealing with the tip of the iceberg (see my page on hypnotherapy).

 

Sometimes depression is a natural, instinctive period of mourning, or nursing of pain, the 'comfort zone' of inactivity seeming preferable to the world of action, to the effort of action. Things seem pointless, hopeless and in deeper depression nothing seems interesting or inspiring except for the gratification of basic animal functions such as desire for food - even these can be affected. Imagine life as a game of tug-of-war, where two teams try to pull the rope over a white line. Lets say the game represents your life, a reflection of your life's own progress of ups and downs, setbacks versus achievements. When you are winning it feels great, but when things go the other way, the opposition forces keep pulling the rope away from you, it may get so bad that you just want to let go of the rope, leave the field (ie stop playing the game of life) and take no active part for a while. You just want to sit on the grass and recoup, maybe watch the others or, more likely, take no interest. Some people even take their own lives because there is so much pain or loss they dont want to take part permenantly.

 

The good news is that through hypnotherapy, the parts of the mind that are causing the depresion can be helped to come to terms with things and can be persuaded to release all the old feelings of wellbeing, contentment and enthusiasm - they are still there, deep down, blocked by what has happened, or by disappointment, wating to be released. Take heart, there is a way out. I have seen dramatic transformations take place after just one session of hynotherapy on several occasions. However quickly you respond, I urge you to give it a go. Many of my depression clients go on to become a source of new referals. Remember, If the mind can get you into this situation, it can get you out.

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