Hypnotherapy – How It Works and Helps Fight Depression
You may have never been to a hypnotherapist before, but most probably, you’ve had a hypnotic experience at some point in your life. Of course, it wouldn’t have been as beneficial as having a professional to guide you would’ve made it. Still, it gives you another reason to think that hypnotherapy is real.
If depression has been keeping you from living a full life, it’s time to decide to put it to rest. You just can’t let this go on and on until it ruins you completely. You have to stop experiencing this feeling of helplessness because you’re not really helpless in the first place. Hypnotherapy can be the answer to the problem as long as you do it with trusted experts.
While some people are not convinced that hypnotism is real, the evidence is overwhelming. A study conducted in Germany had three groups of participants – those with high suggestibility (most easily hypnotized), average suggestibility and low suggestibility.
While under hypnotism, subjects were shown various shapes, such as triangles and circles, and were told to take note of how many times each shape appeared. At the same time, they also had to imagine a wooden board blocking their sight.
All the groups made mistakes in their counting, but the most errors came from the set with the highest suggestibility (easiest to hypnotize).
In addition, the researchers discovered some amazing brain activity patterns while the subjects were under hypnotherapy. While observing the individuals’ neural processes, they found that about 400 milliseconds after the shapes were shown, brain activity considerably slowed down when it would have normally been very high. However, just about the next 200 milliseconds after the stimulus was shown, no differences were apparent.
So to put it simply, hypnotherapy can change the way your mind works. You can stop experiencing this feeling of doom that dominates your emotions in depression, or at the very least, you can control it. Again, as long as you choose trusted experts, it is possible.
Besides, hypnotism isn’t even something other people should be doing to you. It happens in you all the time and probably without you realizing it. Have you taken a long drive where you suddenly realize you remember virtually nothing of the last five miles? That’s just your brain auto-piloting into a hypnotic state as part of its regular maintenance. At the end of the day, there is solid proof establishing that hypnotism is a scientific occurrence and that hypnotherapy is a viable way of regulating, if not ending, depression.