• George Whitaker

Hypnotherapy for Depression


What does depression feel like?


According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 (DSM-5), the criteria for a major depressive episode are:


  • depressed mood

  • loss of pleasure or interest in usual activities

  • appetite disturbance

  • sleep disturbance

  • psychomotor agitation

  • loss of energy

  • feelings of worthlessness and guilt

  • difficulties in thinking

  • recurrent thoughts of death or suicide


When someone exhibits five or more of the above symptoms, including either of the first two, for a two-week period, they are considered to be suffering a major depression.


A woman looking very depressed and exhausted, resting her head on her hand
Depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide, followed by anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (source - mentalhealth.org.uk)

How can Hypnotherapy Help with Depression?


Research has shown that depression is strongly correlated with over-rumination (worrying about the past and future). This over-rumination can create a sense of alienation from ourselves, the world and those around us. It also saps our energy and motivation.


A cycle of depression is created - constant worrying and anxiety leads to overloading the brain's REM response, causing excessive dreaming at night, leading to exhaustion (mentally and physically) during the day.



More exhaustion = More rumination, worry and anxiety = More exhaustion ...



During our hypnotherapy sessions, we'll help to ease depression in three main ways:


1. Breaking the cycle of depression by reducing rumination, anxiety and worry


2. Teaching our brain to relax by accessing our subconscious mind, which in turn calms down our negative emotional responses


3. Setting solution-focused tasks which build our momentum for getting back on track in our lives



If you are unsure whether we can help you, book a free initial consultation at https://www.whitakerhypnotherapy.co.uk/free-initial-consultation


On this, we will discuss your condition and discuss any concerns you may have.



Are sessions online or in-person?


Both are available - please book an initial consultation to discuss.​


If you would like to discuss further, please book a free initial consultation by clicking on the following link - https://www.whitakerhypnotherapy.co.uk/free-initial-consultation

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