The value of hypnotism for depression treatment is applicable to both treatment of specific known traumas and long-term examination of the root causes behind this mental health disorder. Others theorize that the physiological manifestation behind successful hypnotherapy is centered upon how the treatment releases endorphins, the chemicals that prompts feelings of satisfaction and happiness; the same chemicals responsible for producing what is termed “the runner’s high.” When these chemicals are allowed to flood the brain, the result is an elevated awareness of positive emotions that, under the best circumstances, reach for a state of euphoria. If you were to try to come up with a state that is the exact opposite of depression, it would probably look something like euphoria.
Those two opposing states of mental being define the one type of depression for which hypnotism may not be suitable. Bipolar depression–formerly known as manic depression–is characterized by a cycle of movement back and forth between these two extremes. The cycle of depression-euphoria-depression is constructed upon a soft foundation of instability. Hypnosis is typically not encouraged as a treatment for bipolar depression primarily due to the possibility for a rupture in the necessary bonding taking place between patient and therapist in the event hypnotherapy does live up the patient’s unrealistic expectations when in the full grip of the euphoric end of the cycle.
That particular instance of unsuitably for hypnotherapy serves to point up the very real necessity for those considering hypnotism to seek licensed practitioner. Resistance to hypnosis as a feasible and sustainable form of therapy for treating clinical depression remains high. Much of the resistance to hypnotism is centered over confusion of the tangible role of the therapist. Critics even go so far as to suggest that all hypnotic states are to one degree or another self-induced, even when that state is facilitated by a licensed Master Hypnotist. At its most ill-informed, this argument attempts to characterize hypnotism with analogies as inappropriate as comparing induced states to daydreaming, drifting off in the middle of lecture or even letting your mind wander when another person monopolizes a conversation.
The reality of using hypnotism for depression is that without an experienced guide capable of transporting you through the process, success in treating your depression is as likely as hoping that daydreaming can end the relentless despair. Scientific technology that measures electrical activity within the brain provides concrete proof resistant to all manner of skepticism that mental states are capable of extraordinary transformations under varied states of altered consciousness.
Electroencephalographs (EEGs) have further revealed that brains wave activity rises to a much more significant degree under induced hypnotic states than even under self-induced sleep. What this brain wave activity indicates is that concrete and quantifiable changes are taking place in patients under hypnosis. Research increasingly indicates that hypnosis affects concrete and quantifiable change in the brains of those suffering from depression. But only when that hypnosis is induced with the assistance of a trained and licensed professional facilitator.
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