Monthly Archives: February 2017

Depression Relief Hypnotherapy

We all use the word ‘depressed’. It has fallen casually into common conversations and has become quite natural to use. Imaging your friend Sarah failing at a job interview you may ask ‘How are you?’ and they answer ‘A bit depressed about it actually.’

The kind of depression hypnotherapy can help with in this post is something quite different as anyone who is or has suffered with depression can assert.

Depression Relief Hypnotherapy

Good news first. In a fairly recent study Whiteford estimates that untreated major depression will resolved itself 23% in three months, 32% in 6 months and 53% in 12 months and additionally seeking help for yourself according to Lambert ( Common Factor Theory ) 66% of people who seek therapy are improved. As oppose to 33% of people who don’t seek therapy.

What Depression Can Be Like

The meanings of depression here are feelings of worthlessness, a complete lack of pleasure and enjoyment in your life. Being so down there can be little activity and just covering the basics like washing and eating can seem a massive chore.

Your world doesn’t look as colourful as it did. Laughter and smiling are old friends who haven’t visited for some time.

Depression like this can include physical pain and discomfort, suicidal thoughts and even thoughts that somehow you deserve to feel this way.

Depression, which is characterised as a mood disorder ( DSMV ) is the normal human response to loss. Loss could be losing a loved one, losing belief in religion or even losing your job. Just about any kind of major loss can be a huge factor in becoming clinically depressed as diagnosed by a medical professional.

Depression Relief Factors

It’s impossible to separate yourself from your environment, your history, the people in your life, your psychology and your neuro-physiology.  All of these variables will play some role to a greater or lesser degree in getting well again.

Factors such as exercise and diet can play a role in depression relief. Trouble is when you are depressed it can be a Augean task to eat well and even more miserable to even contemplate exercise.

Your thoughts and thinking in depressing ways can easily exacerbate a low mood and how you are feeling. How you are feeling affects how you are thinking and perpetuates a downward spiral until it stops. When life starts to look and feel better.

According to Common Factor Theory the most significant aspect of your recovery is you! Some 40% of healing is to do with your personal attributes and the environment you are in. Next biggest factor 30% has to do with the relationship between you and your therapist. And another 15% is about is about believing you can improve.

Depression relief hypnotherapy here in Newcastle can help you improve you expectations of becoming well again and also explore and release the often accompanying negative thoughts, history and emotions.

Hypnotherapy works with both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. Unconscious motives are just that. Unconscious. Aspects of depression are driven via the unconscious and not necessarily understood consciously.

With depression there are feelings that you don’ want to have and something that may not seem right at first, there are also positive aspects to depression. There are negative aspects, those aspects you choose to hypnotherapy to help, but there are also positive aspects and discovering these will aid in your recovery.

Part of your recovery may involve medically prescribed anti-depressants which is discussed below.

Informed Choice with Anti-Depressants

SSSRi’s, MAO inhibitors and TriCyclics effect how neuro-transmitters work within the brain. Typically they are altering the function of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin at the receptor sites.

Studies suggest between approximately 30-60% using anti-depressants will improve depending on the type of depression. Other studies suggest that such drugs are no better than a placebo. The amount of individual variation will of course play a huge role which is explored later in this post.

There are divided opinions withing the medical profession as to the use of anti-depressant drugs in treating depression. Questions about their efficacy, long term effects and usefulness are many. Choosing to use or reject such drugs is something you should explore with your medical professional.

Free Hypnotherapy Consultation

If you want to discuss how having hypnotherapy could help you with depression relief do either call or email me to arrange a telephone consultation.

email : nigel@nigelhetherington .co .uk

Tel : 0770 481 8467

Group and Public Speaking Hypnotherapy Newcastle

You are sitting, waiting for your turn to deliver am important speech. Its almost your time. You haven’t heard the person who is speaking before you because you have been anxiously worrying about what can go wrong when its your turn.

In your imagination you have worried you will forget what you need to say. You have imagined your audience thinking you are an idiot. You have imagined that you will blurt incoherent nonsense. You are putting on a brave face but you have even thought about running out of the room.

Public Speaking Hypnotherapy Newcastle

Mean while, you can feel your heart racing. You suspect that you are going red in the face and you can feel your sweaty hands shaking uncontrollably. You are wondering what people will think as your blood pressure increases. Now its your time to speak.

If some of that feels familiar then its safe to say there is a problem when it comes to group or public speaking. It is far more common that most people realise and the good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. It can actually be an enjoyable experience and Newcastle hypnotherapy can lead towards this.

The Disproportionate Stress Response to Public Speaking

Heart beat quickening, sweaty hands, dry throat and increased blood pressure all all physical signs your body is reacting to a stressor. This is a normal response to a dangerous situation. Being chased by rabid wolves should produce such a response by way of running away or even fighting a wolf away.

But most of the time if not all of the time you are not in any physical danger when doing public speaking. Knowing a little about what is happening neuro-biologically during a stress response is useful in understanding what is happening.

When there is ( perceived ) danger to life it makes sense to have the potential to save it. This is classically know as freeze, flight and fight. In order to do this there are some amazing things the human body does.

Within just over a second of experiencing a stressor your adrenal glands and your sympathetic nervous system have released adrenaline into your blood and to many of the major organs in the body.

Your heart pumps faster, your eyes dilate and you stop digesting food. You lungs open up more for extra oxygen. This is you sympathetic nervous system in action.

In a few seconds more your blood is deluged with glucocorticoids which facilitate having much more glucose in your blood to supply extra energy to your muscles. But wait! This is about public speaking, not escaping from wolves.

Creating the Experience of a Major Stressor from Thoughts

One of the useful things we humans can do with thoughts is we can worry and obsess about what can go wrong. This is actually very useful as this is how we can avoid such problems planning strategies that serve us well.

Anxiety can be defined as obsessive worrying about the future that has physiological negative consequences. Its normal to worry about ‘bad events’ as we generally perceive potential losses far more negatively than potential gains for an equivalent loss and gain. And in general it takes more positive experiences to cancel out just one bad one.

So by just entertaining the possibility that a speech can go horribly wrong with lots of negative consequences can activate our stress response. With a good imagination, imagining the worst our body ends up preparing our flight or fight mode. This in a nutshell is the experience of public speaking anxiety.

And its not just a one way system of thoughts creating your physical experience of anxiety. When the body is feeling anxious this gives the very real physical experience of danger which feeds back into your thoughts and makes it worse.

Learning and Unlearning Habits with Hypnotherapy for Public Speaking

We all have a huge and complex series of habits that we have learned through repetition to use unconsciously and for the most part make life good. Worrying and become anxious about public speaking is a habit. This may have been triggered by one lousy presentation or something that has just happened for a long time.

Some good news is habits are changeable and ones that impact negatively can be unlearned and replaced with more appropriate ones. A physiological stress response in a public speaking context is something your body has learned to do and this model can explains symptoms like phobias or fear of dentists.

Now, assuming you know the content of your talks and presentations, I believe I can help you change your experience and feelings towards public speaking.

Using a variety of exercises along with hypnotherapy and genuine commitment from yourself, you could actually enjoy public speaking or simply do it without the stress, worry and anxiety. Changes such as this will make your life easier.

Consultations are free and last up to 25 minutes. Please call to arrange a consultation to discover how I can help. 0770 481 8467

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