How the influencing of brain wave patterns can make us happy again.
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Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic tool and process in which hypnosis and trancework are used to create a state of focused attention and increased suggestibility during which positive suggestions and guided imagery are used to help individuals deal with a variety of concerns and issues, including depression.
Researchers know that changes in brain wave patterns can affect our mental health especially concerning the symptoms of depression, and hypnosis and other trance-inducing techniques can easily and quickly change brain wave patterns
Researches have shown that certain processes — including emotional changes in the brain — produce measurable activity. This type of activity is known as brain waves. Brain waves can be measured (as cycles per second, called hertz) and an understanding of brain waves can be an important tool in addressing mental and emotional health issues. There are many levels of brain waves but researchers divide them into four primary distinct varieties. They are Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta waves.
Many researchers are studying the distortions of brain wave patterns as a factor in mental health including depression. Techniques used to treat depression, including meditation, hypnosis, and aromatherapy, derive their effectiveness in part from their influence on these brain wave patterns.
A suggestible person in an Alpha or Theta state can be guided by a therapist with the client’s permission, to transcend or shift out of certain negative, depressive, obsessive/compulsive patterns, reduce certain fear and phobias, reduce pain reactions and stress, and even change what at one time were considered involuntary physical responses. There are many misconceptions about hypnosis that are promoted in popular culture and one of these is that somehow the hypnotist can make you do something that is against your will. I want to note here that hypnosis is nothing to be feared. A hypnotherapist cannot make you do or believe something that you do not wish to.
Among the most skilled practitioners of alpha and theta induction are medical hypnotherapists and certified clinical hypnotherapists. Hypnotherapy is distinct from what is commonly known as stage hypnosis-the type of hypnosis performed as entertainment in nightclubs. Therapeutic hypnosis has always been a valuable tool in the hands of a skilled practitioner.
Hypnotherapy can generate relaxation through deep breathing, can slow the heartbeat, and create a sense of emotional balance; all important results in the treatment of depression when it is associated with panic, and anxiety. Once a person is in a voluntarily suggestive state hypnotic suggestions can replace catastrophic thoughts with a more grounded, healthier thought process. Hypnosis may even help a person remember the origins of the depression and begin to understand the causative event from a new perspective.
Hypnosis is best used as part of an integrated therapeutic approach to the treatment of depression. It should never be used to replace counseling or, nutritional therapy, or medication. If anything hypnosis can help the process of healing move along more smoothly and quickly.
Working with a professional hypnotherapist, will help you develop a sense of personal vision, define achievable goals, and choose a path to take you in the right direction. It will help you to transcend despair, rediscover hope, and become fully alive.
How we are or are not suggestible is influenced by how the events that have taken place in our life are recorded by the subconscious mind. Some memories are unresolved.
Suggestibility, Depression, and Memory
Our memories belong to one of two distinct categories:
1. A disturbing, haunting, never leaving painful memory that prevents a person from being present in the moment. Always thinking of the past or the future they are often highly dysfunctional. Depression based on Post-Traumatic Stress-Disorder belongs in this category. Traumatic circumstances that have taken place in late childhood or in young adulthood — may cause this condition.
2. Suppressed memory. This is a memory that rests in the subconscious mind. This is a state that most of us exist in. In fact, we are usually unaware of many details in traumatic experiences we have had and of the emotional impact it had and continues to have on us. Individuals with suppressed memory are generally functional in life but have specific areas of dysfunction. The popular culture term used to describe the source of these specific dysfunctions is “emotional baggage” — the emotional luggage of life that you carry around with you wherever you go and which influences most of your relationships
Working with a properly trained hypnotherapist can help you to use your own memories to reduce the symptoms of depression
About the Author: Lewis Harrison, is a best-selling author, a Results-Oriented Life Coach, speaker, and strategist specializing in; self-improvement, personal development, applied game theory, and happiness. He has experienced deep depression in his life and seeks to serve others as much as possible.
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