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Depression And How To Break Yourself Out Of It With Self-Hypnosis

by Alan B. Densky, CH

Some people call it the 'pits' and some people call it the 'blues' and some just call it 'feeling down in the dumps'. But whatever you may call it, being depressed is a horrible feeling. The most common types of depression are:

Major Depression, which is characterized by a sad mood, Insomnia, and the lack of desire for food. Often when a person is in a state of major depression, there is an utter lack of motivation and drive and the sufferer does not want to do anything in life. Some people are rendered completely disabled by depression, and some individuals even contemplate suicide.

Dysthymia: This is a less severe type of long term depression that usually does not completely disable the individual. But it keeps the person from feeling motivated and functioning at optimum levels. Sometimes people who are struggling with Dysthymia are also afflicted with Major Depression, and when this is the case, it is called double depression.

Manic Depression is also called Bipolar Disorder. This type of depression is less common than major depression or Dysthymia. It involves cycles of a Manic state, alternated with a depressed state. This is often a long term recurring disorder. Sometimes the mood swings occur suddenly. But more often they tend to be gradual.

There are numerous variations of depression; the above are only three of the most common.

Some of the symptoms of depression include:

Anxiety; pessimism; sadness; insomnia and other sleep disorders; feelings of worthlessness; guilt; fatigue; weight loss; restlessness; pain; headaches; and thoughts of suicide.

Sources of Depression:

Many types of depression run in families. Living in a stressful environment can precipitate a depression. A trauma such as a serious loss, financial difficulties, or relationship problems can also lead to depression.

Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression as men are, but we do not yet know why.

If you suffer from depression, you will want to seek the advice of your physician. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medication for you. But you should keep in mind that every medication has side effects.

Wouldn't it be amazing if you could regulate and eliminate your depression just by thinking certain thoughts? I know that this sounds too good to be true, but quite often, many types of depression are simply caused by thinking negative thoughts.

Don't believe me? Then try it out! It's really quite basic and simple. Just use your imagination to think about something that you feel is very sad or troubling. Go ahead, think about it right now! Then come back to this article.

What happened? If you truly focused and visualized the sad situation, you began to feel sad and a little depressed. The more you allow yourself to remain in that thought pattern, the sadder you will feel. As you keep having sad thoughts and keep feeling sadder, you lead yourself into a gradually deepening depression.

The good news is that if you focus on a happy thought, then you will displace that sadness and depression and replace it with happy feelings.

Listen carefully now, because here are the keys to eliminating your depression: Our most persistent thoughts spring forth from our unconscious. These are the thoughts that we find ourselves involuntarily thinking about during the day.

If the persistent thoughts that are continually popping into your mind are about your problems or sad experiences, then you raise your levels of anxiety, depression, and stress.

But here is the 'Light at the end of the tunnel': Since hypnosis is a medium that we can use to change our unconscious thoughts, NLP and self hypnosis stress management CDs will rapidly change the way that you feel, think, and behave. The beauty here is that the same techniques that work for stress management also work equally well for eliminating depression!

Listen to me now, because I'm going to tell you exactly how and why it's going to happen. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. Specifically, it's the Alpha state of consciousness. We go through the Alpha state as we are falling asleep at night. And we go through it once more as we wake up from sleeping. We also enter the Alpha state when we are daydreaming and imagining.

The unconscious is the seat of our emotions, and it's similar to a computer; the input controls the output! Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool for engaging directly with the unconscious and reprogramming it to automatically divert you from negative thinking, and promote positive thinking. It's a tool that allows you to bypass the consciousness to create positive expectations, which will in turn generate positive feelings. You can overcome depression through using hypnosis therapy.

Alan B. Densky, CH is a certified hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner. He has helped thousands of clients since 1978. He offers CDs for hypnotic therapy for depression. Visit his Neuro-VISION NLP site for the hypnosis article index, or watch his free videos on hypnosis.

Published April 2nd, 2008

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