Depression: How Hypnosis Helps

Some cases of depression have primarily biological roots. Some are strictly psychological. Most are a mix of the two.

Serious mood disturbances such as bipolar disorder have genetic causes and tend to be treated with drugs. Mood swings, however, that are not severe enough to justify a bipolar diagnosis, can still create problems for people. When those mood swings are rare, and not too intense, you can usually just ride them out, because you know they will end, and life will get back to normal.

On the other hand, if those swings are severe, and last long enough, they can interfere with life. They make it hard to get up in the morning. They get in the way of work. They may trigger excessive drinking, or abuse of other drugs. Then you need help.

In these cases, although the problem may have a biological basis, a skilled hypnotherapist can make a difference. For instance, you can be taught how to use self-hypnosis, and the trance state itself is a mood-altering tool, one that is more powerful than a drug. You simply cannot feel bad when you are in a trance. In addition, hypnosis can be used to instill positive, ego-boosting suggestions that will stay with you permanently.

More important for most people, the primary triggers of depression are not biological but emotional and psychological—tied to such things as life history, family learning, and social isolation. People get depressed because life has knocked them down repeatedly, and sooner or later they can’t get up again. Even with things like depression during or after pregnancy, while hormones may play a part, the big problem is usually psychological. The mom-to-be is afraid of failure, and the new mother is overwhelmed by the added responsibilities, and often has no support.

In other cases, people are depressed because they were taught to be. They may have grown up, for instance, with abusive parents whose constant message was, “You’re a loser.” Little kids can’t tell what’s true from what’s not true. What they are told is what they believe, and that can become a destructive reality later in life. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for creating a new, positive self-image.

Depressed people are frequently socially isolated. They avoid people because they don’t think people like them. Isolation leads to depression, which leads to more withdrawal and traps them in a vicious circle of loneliness, social avoidance and depression. Hypnosis is a potent tool for breaking out of that trap.

Depression is often tied to unresolved past trauma. Hypnotherapy offers a way of going back into the past and resolving the injury.

Hypnotherapists have been working for decades to develop strategies for dealing with depression. Hypnotherapy helps strengthen ego and self-esteem. It can break through social isolation and fear of contact. It can be used to resolve old trauma.

Best of all, the only side-effect is feeling good about yourself.

Hypnosis for Depression

Here’s an unhappy fact: On any given day, more than a quarter of Australians—we’re talking a million people—are clinically depressed.

Here’s another: On the average day, seven Aussies will kill themselves. That adds up to more than twenty-five hundred men, women and children every year.

If you are a man, chances are one in eight that you will suffer a period of serious depression in your life. For women, the rate is one in five, and that number goes up with pregnancy. Around ten percent of all women become depressed during pregnancy, a rate that rises to fourteen percent postpartum.

It is thus no surprise that one of the biggest businesses in Australia revolves around prescribing and selling antidepressant medications. Approximately ten percent of the people in Australia take these medications. For older women, the rate is closer to twenty-five percent.

There are major problems with these so-called mood-elevating drugs.

First, they don’t actually elevate mood for most people; they mainly flatten feelings out. You don’t feel ups or downs, just in-between blahs.

Second, they have side-effects—weight gain, reduced sexual desire and responsiveness, suicidal impulses.

Last, and perhaps most important, they don’t work. When Harvard Medical School researcher Irving Kirsch conducted a major re-assessment of thirty-five studies that had been conducted on the most widely used antidepressant drugs—Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil and Zoloft among others—he found that about the only difference between these drugs and a placebo was that the placebo didn’t trigger side effects.

Kirsch’s study came out in 2008. A second study in 2010 had about the same results. Despite that, physicians keep prescribing, and their patients keep taking, these drugs. When the drug doesn’t work, the doctor either boosts the dose, or goes to a different medication, which probably won’t work any better.

There is a more effective way to help people who suffer from depression. It is called hypnosis.

For many decades, hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been helping people defeat depression. Sometimes it is used on its own, sometimes in conjunction with other approaches, such as cognitive therapy. It works, and the only side-effects are a sense of well-being and a feeling of happiness at being able to live without pills.

We will look at how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can combat depression in the next blog.

Is Hypnosis Safe?

A commonly asked question. Is hypnosis safe?

If you are having problems in life—maybe you want to stop smoking, or you need to lose weight, or you’ve been dealing with stress, for instance—you may have heard good things about hypnosis.

However, you may also have heard concerns about how safe it is. Could sitting down in that hypnotist’s chair be risky? Could you wind up leaving with more problems, or worse ones, than you came in with?

Here’s the truth. Of all the tools you could think of using to make needed changes in your life, hypnosis and hypnotherapy are among the safest. Professionals use hypnosis to deal with physical and mental pain. Hypnosis is used to sharpen skills, hone talents, and boost motivation, to study for exams. Hypnosis is powerful and safe.

One of the primary reasons that hypnosis is safe is this—all hypnosis is essentially self-hypnosis, despite the stage-hypnotist image of a charismatic puppet master who puts you into a trance and makes you quack like a duck.

The reality is that when you go into a trance you are on a journey of your own devising. The hypnotist is only a guide, someone who will offer suggestions about where you can go, and what you can accomplish. You are the one in charge. You decide if you are going into a trance. You decide when you are going into a trance. You decide what you will do while you are in a trance. You are the boss.

It may not always feel like you are the boss. In a deep trance, your unconscious takes over while your conscious mind goes on a short vacation. But your unconscious mind, after all, is still an aspect of you, and even in the deepest trance, there is always a part of your mind that stays close to the surface, a hidden observer, in touch and aware of what is going on. That hidden observer will not let you go anywhere you are not ready to go.

In the meantime, here are two things to help you be sure that your hypnosis sessions will be both safe and effective.

First, have a clear idea of what you need and want to gain from hypnosis.

Second, pick a trained, competent professional hypnotist. In Gold Coast, think Greg Thompson.

Hypnotherapy for Anger Management | Moving Minds Gold Coast

Anger is a normal response to frustration. When we are trying hard to get something done, and can’t, it is natural to feel at least a degree of irritation. Anger can also be a healthy response to threat, even if we decide that, in a particular situation, flight is better than fight. But while anger is normal, how we respond to it can be a problem.

Most of us begin learning to deal with anger early in life. Our parents, and our experiences, teach us that most things are not worth getting into a hassle over, and that cooling down works better than picking a fight.

For some people, however, anger is a constant issue. They don’t control their anger; the anger controls them. It drives friends and family away. It gets them in trouble at work. It impairs their physical health. Sometimes it lands them in jail.

It isn’t unusual for people with chronic anger problems to wind up—either by court order or because a loved one told them to get help or else—in what is known as anger management counseling. This is usually group or individual counseling—talk therapy. It offers strategies for dealing with anger, ways of avoiding situations that trigger anger, and ways to talk yourself out of being angry.

And, sadly, it doesn’t work all that well. It usually doesn’t deal directly with angry feelings, and doesn’t touch on the emotional roots of the anger.

Hypnotherapy offers a much more effective approach. Anger is a multi-layered problem, and hypnosis offers a multilayered solution.

For example, people with anger problems tend to be tense and aggravated much of the time, not just when they are actively upset about a particular situation. With hypnosis, they can learn to develop a relaxation response that will be there day in and day out.

Hypnosis can also help develop an immediate response to angry feelings the moment they start to arise—for instance, going into a light, calm altered state, using a simple physical trigger like pressing your thumb and forefinger together.

Anger is often tied to poor self-image, which makes you vulnerable to feeling put down, which of course makes you angry. Hypnotherapy is an effective tool for dealing with self-image and self-esteem problems.

Anger is also a frequent defense against depression, because being angry feels better than being sad. Hypnotherapy is a well-accepted tool for dealing with depression.

So, if you have anger issues, and live in the Gold Coast area, give clinical hypnotist Greg Thompson a call.

Hypnosis is Not Meditation

Both hypnosis and meditation have been around for a long time, probably since the dawn of humanity. There are cave drawings that depict priests in what are clearly tranced states. Sanskrit writings describe hypnotic states and how to enter them. The Native American vision quest involves self-hypnosis. At the same time, meditation is practiced in various forms around the world; and it is described in ancient Chinese and Hindu writings.

It is also true that both meditation and hypnosis involve altered states of consciousness, and both use well-defined techniques to achieve those altered states. Meditators repeat mantras, or repetitive movements. Hypnotists use such things as eye fixation and hand levitation.

Also, both hypnosis and meditation lead to a shift away from the beta brain waves that are found in a normal state of wakefulness. However, those brain waves differ in the two states.

In meditation, it is typically true that the brain, especially in the frontal lobes, is dominated by theta waves, which are a step slower than the alpha waves usually found in a relaxed but alert state. In hypnosis, the frequency of brain waves depends on the depth of the trance. In a light trance, where most hypnotic work is done, alpha waves are dominant. In a deeper trance, the kind you might use for past regression, theta waves are strongest. In the very deepest, somnambulistic trances, where the person has zero conscious awareness of what is going on, the very slowest frequency, the delta wave, is in control.

In addition, hypnosis and meditation have different impacts and different results. In meditation, the goal is to empty the mind, to have no thoughts, to lose awareness of any mental activity. Once you have accomplished that, your job is done. In hypnosis, the task is not to empty the mind, but to focus it as sharply as possible in order to accomplish a specific goal—stopping smoking, eliminating pain, resolving an emotional trauma, or sharpening a skill.

You could see hypnosis as being like having a spotlight turned on to light up some specific area in your mind, while meditation is a way to dim the light, or even turn it off. Meditation is a great tool for achieving a general sense of calm. Hypnosis is a goal-oriented tool for getting a specific job done.

Make a change and gain motivation | Hypnosis for weight loss

Even though they may know that exercise is an important part of weight loss, with or without the extra power of hypnosis for weight loss, a great many people who are struggling to get their weight down to a healthy level don’t add physical activity to the mix. Why is that?

  1. In some cases it has to do with money. Going to a gym usually means being a member, and that costs money. If you budget is tight, finding the funds may be a problem.
  2. Some people may have the money, but they are reluctant to go to a gym because they are afraid they would be out of place. They figure that everyone else there will be athletes and bodybuilders who are in perfect shape, and who will look down their noses at anyone who is out of shape and, oh my gosh, fat.
  3. In other cases it has to do with available time. If you have a demanding job, and kids to take care of, and a yard that needs keeping up, you want to be able to just kick back and relax during what little spare time you have available.

But, hey, mate, you don’t have to go to a gym or climb a mountain to get some exercise. Your everyday life offers you ways to be more active without being involved in a formal regimen of exercise.

  • If you have a job, you probably get a lunch break. If you eat away from the office, find a place that is as far from your place of work as you can reasonably get to, and then walk there. If you’re a brown bag luncher, don’t open that bag in the office. Go to the nearest park, or at least the nearest park bench, and eat your lunch there. Once again, of course, walk to that site.
  • When you go to the mall, you will probably drive, but most of those places have big parking lots. Park your car at the far end of the lot; that means you will have to walk at least a little way, and every step will be good for your body.
  • Maybe you take a bus to work. Get off several stops early, and walk the rest of the way.
  • Do you work in an office building with more than one floor? Great. Just avoid the elevator. Take the stairs instead. In fact, take a quick walk up and down the stairs on your coffee or tea break.

These are all small things, but every one of them adds up, burning calories, increasing muscle fiber, and boosting your energy.

Need Motivation to Exercise?Hypnosis can empower you to make changes to lose weight with a busy time-poor lifestyle. If you need help getting started consider hypnosis for weight loss, with Greg a from Moving Minds Hypnotherapy on the Gold Coast.

Learn How to Beat Anxiety with Hypnotherapy

It is widely recognised that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are very effective in the treatment of stress and anxiety. Whether the problem is chronic nervousness, or is tied to a specific, short-term situation, a trained hypnotist has the tools to help you beat anxiety.

What is less often recognised is that, in addition to helping with existing stress, hypnosis can be used to prevent anxiety in advance. You don’t need to wait until the anxiety strikes. There are many situations where you can see a problem coming down the road. In those cases, you can use hypnosis and hypnotherapy to deal with it before it arrives.

Take this example. You want to go on a great vacation, but you have to fly to get where you are going, and you are terrified of flying. The idea of climbing into a metal tube, hearing the door close, and being sealed in and at the mercy of fate, is too much to handle. You aren’t sure you can bring yourself to go.

However, the trip is several weeks away, so you have three options.

  1. You can simply not go, and cheat yourself out of what promises to be a great time.
  2. You can spend day after day worrying and fretting, and making everyone around you suffer for your anxiety.
  3. Or, if you are in Gold Coast, you can call Greg Thompson and set up a few sessions of hypnosis for Anxiety.

One idea is to use hypnosis, and self-hypnosis, to rehearse, mentally, all the stages of the coming flight—driving to the airport, getting on the plane, strapping yourself in, feeling the plane taxiing and taking off, flying, and finally landing. You will go through all of that in a trance, which will mean that you cannot feel any anxiety. You will learn basic self-hypnosis, so that you can rehearse those stages at home while you are in a comfortable trance. And when the big day comes, you will be able to slip into a light trance before you leave home, and stay calm and relaxed the whole flight.

You will be flying the friendly skies of hypnosis.

This preemptive approach works well for just about any stressful situation looming in your future. Even better, you will have learned a skill that you can apply to other situations—an all-purpose tool that you will carry with you the rest of your life.

Why you should Exercise? Hypnosis for Weight Loss

Getting excess weight off, and keeping it off, is a journey. The first step is simple—deciding that you want to lose weight. The next step is deciding you will lose weight. Then comes how you are going to do that, and realizing that hypnosis for weight loss is an excellent way to go.

The next move, of course, if you live in or around Gold Coast, is to get in touch with professional hypnotherapist Greg Thompson and make that first appointment.

That’s a great beginning, but the journey will go on from there, step after step. One of the most important steps is physical exercise.

When you plan to take weight off and keep it off, getting your body working on a regular basis is important. Here’s why.

  1. First, of course, you lose weight by burning more calories than you take in. Exercise burns calories.
  2. Exercise also increases your metabolic rate, both while you are working out and afterwards.
  3. When you exercise regularly, your energy level goes up, so everything you do feels easier.
  4. Muscles burn calories, fat doesn’t, and exercise increases your muscle mass, so your body burns more fat even when you are just lying around.
  5. Exercise boosts your self-esteem and confidence. Knowing that you are doing something that is good for you, and that makes you look more fit, helps you to feel more in charge of your life, which, you will agree, is never a bad thing.

There are two kinds of exercise, aerobic and resistance. It’s good to do some of both, because your body has two kinds of muscles. Aerobic exercise—running, walking, biking, swimming, jumping rope—exercises what are called slow twitch muscles. Resistance training such as lifting weights works your fast twitch muscles. When you do aerobic exercise, your metabolism goes up, then drops back down pretty quickly when you stop. With resistance work, the metabolism goes up while you are exercising, and then stays up for quite a while after you stop.

So be sure to make regular exercise a part of your day. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular. Half an hour a day will make a difference. Even ten or fifteen minutes helps. 

So make some kind of exercise a part of your life. You’ll be happy you did.

Moving Minds Hypnotherapy Gold Coast helps individuals on their journey to lose weight and live a fulfilled and satisfied life. If you are interested in the hypnosis for weight loss program. Call 0422 741 041 and ask to speak to Greg!

Eating When You’re Not Hungry | Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss

When you were a toddler, you were not overweight. It’s a fact that up until about the age of two, children don’t overeat. No matter how much food you put on the average young child’s plate, he or she will eat just what the body needs, and no more.

Then that changes for many people. If you are reading this, it probably changed for you, and now you are looking at hypnosis as a way of losing excess weight.

Why did you gain too much weight? One big reason is that, somewhere along the way, you stopped listening to your body. Instead, you allowed your mind to convince you that, in certain situations, you need to eat something, whether your body wants food or not.

Let’s give this conviction that you absolutely need to eat something right this minute a name—imaginary hunger. It is a product of habit. Over the years you have developed the habit of responding to certain situations by eating. You think you are feeding your hunger, but you are actually just feeding a bad habit.

Take this example. Over time, you have gotten into the habit of eating when you watch television. When you turn on the set, you head for the kitchen to find something to munch on. You don’t say, “Oh, the TV is on, time to eat.” You actually feel hungry. It is a conditioned response, and it’s automatic.

Maybe you’re sitting around with nothing to do. You’re feeling bored. You could get up and do something interesting, but the conditioning kicks in, and you think, “I need to eat something.”

Sometimes the imaginary hunger is a response to stress. Sometimes it is something as simple as the time of day. The point is, your body does not actually need or want food. The hunger you tell yourself you are feeling is imaginary.

The first step in stopping imaginary hunger from running your life is to recognize it for what it is. If you are eating a normal, healthy diet with regular mealtimes, any hunger you feel at other times of the day is almost always imaginary.

The next step, of course, is hypnosis. One of the things a skilled hypnotist will teach you is self-hypnosis, which is one of the most useful things you will ever learn. You will soon be able, when you feel that imaginary hunger, to put yourself into a light trance and wait the hunger out. It will go away before you know it.

That will be a time for both no pain, and no gain.

What are the Different Levels of Hypnosis?

The altered state of consciousness we call a trance is what defines hypnosis and makes it both special and powerful. But not every trance is the same, and one of the ways they differ has to do with depth. The altered state can range anywhere from so light you hardly notice it, to a trance so deep that you are in a different universe.

The main thing to understand is that different levels of trance are useful for different things.

You can split trance states into four different levels—wide awake, alert, dissociated, and somnambulistic. These labels are not, by the way, used by all hypnotists, but the states they describe are recognised universally.

The wide-awake trance. The very lightest level. You can talk. You can look at the things around you. You can sit, or stand, or move around at will. You are aware of your surroundings, but still able to focus your attention tightly. If you are asked to listen to the hypnotist’s voice, or watch a pendulum swinging in front of your eyes, you can do that to the exclusion of everything else, but still be aware of those other things in the background. A lot of self-hypnosis functions at this level, for such things as learning a new motor skill, or studying a text.

The alert trance. Now the focus is more inward. Your awareness of your surroundings is greatly diminished. You can still hear and respond to the hypnotist, but you are more aware of how your body feels. You are more responsive to the hypnotist’s suggestions, like feeling heavy, or sleepy, or your arm deciding to float up with no effort from you. This level of trance is useful for things like reducing tension, relieving anxiety, and blocking pain.

The dissociated trance. At this level your mind is active, but you surrender awareness of your body. You are no longer in the room, but somewhere else—a different where and a different when. This is a level where much effective hypnotherapy works to help you deal with trauma, for instance. In this state, you can remember, and even re-experience, bad events, but do that calmly and without pain or fear. Sometimes it can seem as if you were watching the traumatic event happen to someone else. In everyday life, this is the trance you experience when you are at a movie, or listening to powerful music, and are mentally out of your body.

The somnambulistic trance. This is the deep one. You have no conscious awareness of anything at all, inside you or outside you. You have opened a door into your unconscious and gone through it into a place where time and physical space have no meaning. This state allows you go get back in touch with old memories, and to connect with the most creative parts of you.

All of these levels are available to you, and a skilled hypnotist will work with you at the level that is best for what you need to accomplish.