Can a depression hypnosis download really help you? Let’s be open right from the start: in most cases hypnosis can’t completely cure depression. This might work for highly hypnotizable people, but for most people hypnosis should be one of several things you use to overcome depression.
Hypnosis for depression can help you because depression is a complex problem, and there are many aspects to it. Hypnosis can help to attack this problem from many angles. For example, if you lack self-esteem or feel unworthy, hypnosis can help you to feel better about yourself.
It can also help you to better cope with stress, improve the quality of your sleep, promote relaxation and energy levels and help you to get motivated to engage more fully in life.
Hypnosis isn’t a magic solution. It’s not like you just put on headphones, listen to a self hypnosis audio session and then are cured. You still need to work on yourself. You still need to be proactive in managing your emotions. You still need to put in the effort. And I’m not even saying that it’s easy – but what I am saying is that it’s possible, and that you can do it.
So, if it’s not easy, why not just take a pill? Well, read why antidepressants aren’t exactly the best way to go…
Big Pharma’s Medication Myths
There is one thing that you should know though: depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. There once was a theory that people are depressed because of low serotonin levels, but this has already been proven wrong in 1983 – the National Institute of Mental Health wrote: “There is no evidence that there is anything wrong in the serotonergic system of depressed patients.”
Yet, the idea of a chemical imbalance in the brain sticks around. This is one of the myths that big pharmaceutical corporations use to increase their revenues from anti-depressive medication. Many people think that pharmaceutical companies wouldn’t do such a thing, and that it’s a crazy conspiracy theory.
But keep in mind: these companies are making around $80 billion dollars in profits a year from selling psychotropic drugs! While there are surely many honest, hardworking, smart and ethical people at pharmaceutical corporations who work because of a genuine desire to help people with depression, there are also those who are in this business for one reason: the desire for money. And greed doesn’t stop on Wall Street.
According to a recent (May 2018) report by health-insurance company BlueCross BlueShield, depression diagnosis is up 33% in the US since 2013.
If you break down the data in the report by age group, there’s something even more shocking: A 63% increase in depression diagnoses among 12-17 year olds, and a 47% increase in the age group of 18-34.
What’s more: taking antidepressants can post a serious health risk.
“Antipsychotics can increase cardiac risk even at low doses, whereas antidepressants do it generally at high doses or in the setting of drug combinations.”
– Serge Sicouri, Charles Antzelevitch, Sudden cardiac death secondary to antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs, Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2008 March; 7(2): 181–194. doi: 10.1517/147403188.8.131.52
And a 2009 study has shown that antipsychotic drugs doubled the risk of sudden cardiac death. ((Ray WA, Chung CP, Murray KT, Hall K, Stein CM., Atypical antipsychotic drugs and the risk of sudden cardiac death., N Engl J Med. 2009 Jan 15;360(3):225-35.))
In fact, there are many more studies than I care to quote here, and they make an important point: it’s best to not start antidepressants in the first place, and if you’re already taking them, it’s best to use a natural depression remedy that makes it possible for you to cope with depression without drugs. (However, I do not recommend that you stop taking antidepressants if you are taking them now – you need to discuss this with a trusted therapist who is familiar with your case).
The fear of the dark is one of the universal fears of humanity. We all were afraid of the dark when we were little children. Some people overcame this fear so early that they can’t even remember ever being afraid of it – some adults are afraid of the dark until old age.
There’s actually a psychological term for being afraid of the dark: nyctophobia. And there is a treatment for nyctophobia too – it involves using the power of your subconscious mind:
In a way being scared of darkness is not an unreasonable fear: when we lived out in the wilderness, tens of thousands of years ago, it was a lot more dangerous to be out in the forest at night than it was during the daytime. Our vision works much better at daylight, and we’re better able to detect threats and defend ourselves against attackers when we can see clearly.
But in modern life there is not much reason to be afraid of the dark. Many people are scared even in their own room when its dark, and thus need a light to sleep in their own bed. Some people don’t go to see a movie in a theater because they’re too scared of the moment when the lights get dimmed down.
There are different ways to treat nyctophobia. In serious cases some people use anti-anxiety medication. The problem with that is that they can be addictive and often come with serious side effects, because many of them reduce overall brain activity (especially benzodiazepines): feeling groggy or lethargic, feeling dizzy, forgetfulness, mental confusion, local and temporal disorientation, depression, slowed down reflexes, clumsiness and impaired thinking.
The field of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) has come up with a method to deal with phobias. While this is mostly helpful for cases such as spider phobias, it might also sometimes help for people who are scared of the dark.
Hypnosis to overcome the fear of the dark is particularly effective because it can retrain your brain to react differently to the darkness. Instead of fear, you can accept it as a natural phenomenon and evaluate the situation rationally and sensible while remaining calm.
I remember a specific event in my life that helped me to overcome my fear of the dark. When I was a kid I once woke up in the night. It was pretty dark, but the streetlights illuminated the room a bit so that I could make out the shapes of silloutes. Theres was the bookshelf, there was the warderobe with the large mirror, there was the desk, and… there were the legs of a man sitting on the chair, motionless!
A thief? A murderer? I didn’t know, but I was scared as hell. I pretend to still be asleep. Not moving, with my eyes open just so much that I could see him, but not so much that he could see my eyes were open and I was watching him.
As time passed by, and it seemed like hours during which my heart beat loudly in my chest, slowly daylight brightened up the sky and crept through the window into my room. And the more light there was, the more I noticed a strange quality about the motionless man – until I finally realized that it was just a pair of empty pants being laid on the chair in a manner that made it look like a man was sitting there. There wasn’t of course.
But all these hours of agonizing in my bed, thinking up scenarios what I would do if he tried to kill me, if he had a knive, a gun, wondering why he just sat there, conjuring up stories in my mind about what it was about this man… as much as it was a dreadful experience, it also made it an intense learning experience, which left a memorable impression on my mind: in the dark things seem scarier than they really are.
Are you afraid of the dark? If so, just have a look at this nyctophobia cure:
Health professionals throughout the Unites States are discovering the effectiveness of hypnosis to help ease arthritis pain. In this article you will learn more about different methods of dealing with arthritis pain, and when to choose hypnosis. So let’s get started right away.
Successful in medical practice
Among the health professionals utilizing hypnosis against arthritis pain is Joseph Barber, PhD. He is a clinical professor of anesthesiology and rehabilitation at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
He successfully uses hypnotic suggestions in his practice with arthritis patients, particularly those who don’t tolerate anti-inflammatory drugs.
What does science say?
Scientific studies have shown “substantial pain relief in 75% of participants” who underwent hypnosis to help pain. This research was evaluated by scientists from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, which in total included 900 patients.
Why does it work?
There are still a lot of unresolved questions in the fields of neuroscience, so we still do not have a complete understanding of why it actually works.
But one theory goes like this: pain doesn’t actually happen in your joints when you have arthritis. Pain happens in your brain.
This might sound counterintuitive, because you experience pain in your joints. But that’s only because signals from your joints get sent to the brain, where they create the sensation of pain, which your brain then projects into your joints. This of course makes sense, because it is your joints that are having problems. But in the case of arthritis, the pain doesn’t fulfill it’s original purpose, but instead causes more problems.
Depending upon what you focus your attention, you can either increase or decrease your pain. Experienced meditators for example are able to “switch off” pain signalling in the brain – they can get themselves into meditative states in which they don’t experience pain.
Now this takes literally decades of intense meditation training to achieve.
But hypnosis is a shortcut to get the same effect: your mind can easily enter into an altered state of consciousness which will drastically reduce your arthritis pain, while at the same time you can remain mentally alert and awake.
Chronic arthritis pain is the worst kind of pain, and it’s important that you do something about it as soon as possible. Because the longer you suffer from chronic pain, the worse the pain will get. A medical doctor once described this like a leaking house to me: the longer there is a leak in a water pipe, the bigger the damage to the house can be.
Maybe you’ve seen pictures of people who do weird things that would usually painful – like in Thailand, where during the vegetarian Phuket festival people put knives through their cheeks or hang themselves on fish-hooks, and they do so without experiencing pain. This is because they are in a trance state.
The same effect also comes into play in survival situations – sometimes in the course of a serious accident, a person gets severely hurt without noticing it at first, because the person is in a state of shock.
The following hypnosis download is a much more elegant way to activate the brains mechanism that can override pain signals you experience from arthritis. Just give it a try!
Many people are afraid to be alone. But being alone can be something beautiful and valuable – and for this kind of “positive loneliness”, I prefer the term solitude. In this article, you will learn about the causes of loneliness-anxiety, and what you can do to overcome it.
First of all – it’s not about turning you into a hermit. A recent study has shown that people who live alone have an 80% risk of depression. But it’s about you being comforable and at ease when you’re alone.
Why are we afraid to be alone?
It’s actually pretty natural to be afraid of loneliness – after all, when we were babies we dependent on other people for survival. If there weren’t other people to take care of us, that meant we would die – because babies aren’t able to sustain themselves. A small baby can’t find food and eat it all by itself, it can’t take care of itself.
If as a baby, our caretakers leave us alone, that’s like a death sentence.
And every baby has experienced being left alone – for some time – crying and kicking and doing everything in its power to get someone to take care – without getting any response from anyone. Over time, we learn that even if someone isn’t taking care of us right now, they’ll probably come back in a short while to attend to us, and finally, we learn to take care of ourselves, and we learn that being left alone isn’t a death sentence.
But some people don’t loose that fear of being alone. And some people re-learn it at a later stage in life, for various reasons.
What can we do about our loneliness anxiety?
But it’s one thing to understand some of the common reasons of this feeling of uneasiness. It’s one thing to understand the roots of this problem – but it’s another thing to solve it. So what can you do to learn to become more comfortable with yourself?
How can you avoid worrying thoughts when you’re all alone?
Well, one thing is to observe your thoughts when you’re alone. Just become aware of what exactly is going on in your mind when the fear sets in. Because what always happens is that you talk yourself into being scared. There is an inner dialogue going on inside your head, you are essentially talking to yourself, even though not in a audible voice. What you want to do is listen to this voice very clearly, so that you can (consciously) understand what it tells you, rather than just (subconsciouly) reacting to it by getting afraid.
And one more thing: that little voice in your head doesn’t mean you are crazy. It’s something that everybody does. The difference between sane and insane people is not whether they have a voice in their head or not, but how that voice is talking to them.
Simply by becoming more aware of your fears, you can then take steps to overcome them. It is a tedious and slow process, but one that really works. Write down your fears, and then write down reasons why you don’t need to be afraid, and how you could solve certain situations and problems when you are lonely.
Also, write down reasons why you enjoy being alone. What you can do best when you are all by yourself.
Do you often feel awkward and self-conscious when you are around other people? I’ve been a very shy person too, but I’m now socially comfortable and confident, and in this article you’ll see how I did it.
People who are shy often see their own actions in a more negative light, and they often think that they did something “wrong” or inadequate. They also tend to think that everyone else is better (better could either mean: smarter, funnier, faster, more attractive, and so on…) Some people actually have a good sense of confidence, but when they are around others they start to be nervous and socially anxious.
Shy people are also often lost for words – they’re not sure what “the right thing to say” is. Sometimes they can think of a thousand things to say and don’t know how to decide which one is the right one, sometimes their mind just goes blank…
Another thing is that they often feel awkward and insecure about their body language – and they are scared that any gesture they make could give something about themselves away or make them look silly or stupid.
Shyness is just a form of fear – and as such, your job is to conquer it. Otherwise you will be “punished” – punished by not having the kind of social life you could have, “punished” by not having the friends and good people in your life that you could have.
Ultimately, the people you share your life with are more important than anything else when it comes to quality of life. If you have a good circle of friends and aquaintances, you can live a happy life without even when you don’t have a lot of money, even when your health isn’t the best, even when you’re stuck in a job that’s not fulfilling.
A really simple thing that you can do to stop being shy is to go out to a cafe and call the waiter or waitress over repeatedly. What shy people do most of the time is wait for the waiter to look their way and then raise their hand and call them over. But you can just as well call the waiter when they are not looking in your direction.
This often feels a little bit awkward for shy people, and they tend to tense up because there are others around who will then also direct their attention to them for a short moment. But just practicing to get over that little bit of social discomfort can already be a good way to reduce shyness.
And when you are in a social situation, make sure to breathe properly. This might sound like the kind of advice a simpleton would give – but it is really powerful, despite its simplicity.
Also, instead of being overly self-aware in a social situation, try to direct your attention to the other people. Your mind can only handle so much input, and if you’re really focused on the other person, there is no way that youc an keep being focused on yourself.