I was watching television the other day and was surprised by an advertisement for a supplement which was intended as an adjunct to anti-depressant drugs. I wish I had noted what was said but a statistic was stated about the number of anti-depressants which don’t affect the required cure for depression. The percentage was really very high.
It is always difficult to trace the root cause of depression. Is it a chemical imbalance which results in depression, or is it a pattern of thought which results in a change in chemical balance? In reality, an interaction is constantly at play between mind and body which has a cyclical effect.
Anti-depressant drugs inevitably provide an intervention from a chemical angle, but cannot treat the way in which you think or tap into your habitual thought processes. The ideal treatment for depression would in fact include approaches from both angles. Unfortunately due to the cost of professional time, it is easier and cheaper to purely prescribe drugs to help overcome depression and overlook methods of treatment which involve modifying the way in which you think.
We all know that the way in which we think automatically triggers an emotional reaction. If you think about your favorite movie a smile will probably cross your face; it automatically lifts your mood. If you contemplate a horror movie you will associate with the heart pumping, tight chest, sitting on the edge of your chair (or head underneath a pillow!) response it elicits. Thoughts create emotions and their associated chemical effects throughout your physiology.
One aspect of depression which is extremely frustrating is the helplessness experienced; you feel out of control. It is therefore important to do everything you can to regain a sense that you are once more in the driving seat in your day to day life. Taking a tablet makes you feel that you are doing something which will hopefully cure depression, but is there not more that you could be doing as well?
The placebo response in drug trials is normally seen to be at around 30%, which tells us that just by thinking that a treatment will work places you in the position that your treatment for depression is 30% more likely to be successful. You could use hypnosis to access your subconscious mind and make suggestions to create a positive expectation of successful treatment of depression. In this way you can feel far more in control, and work on your depression from the mental perspective as well as from a chemical angle.
Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation and you can learn to use hypnosis easily with the help of a hypnosis mp3 download. This is inexpensive (you can get a free hypnosis relaxation download from my website) and you can get started right away. With hypnosis you have easy access to your subconscious mind which is that part where habitual patterns of thought are stored. Suggestions can be made to retrain your mind to think is a different way. Remember your thoughts create your emotions and the chemical reactions which are felt within your physiology.
You can use hypnosis to regain a feeling of control, change your deep rooted patterns of thought and lift your mood.
Roseanna Leaton, specialist in hypnosis mp3 downloads for health and well-being.