Philip will explain in this guest post how depressed teenagers can benefit from hypnotherapy.
Today, suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teenagers and adolescents, second only to accidents. In the United States, approximately 500,000 teenagers attempt suicide each year, and an estimated 5,000 of them succeed. The root cause for so many suicide attempts is teenage depression. The loss of someone close, family problems, and perceived relationship, social, or school failures can trigger strong negative feelings among teenagers, which can lead to depression. Depression, in turn, makes the problems overwhelming, and suicide follows as an act of desperation.
Thankfully, there are many methods to treat depression in teenagers, including medications, psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy. Out of these, hypnotherapy has become increasingly popular in the last few decades after its effectiveness was studied and recorded.
Recent studies have shown that hypnotherapy may be more effective than other common psychotherapy methods, like cognitive-behavioral therapy. It may not work on every teenager, but it is a worthy option to discuss, especially if the condition is turning uncontrollable and other treatment methods have proven ineffective.
Hypnotherapy works as a treatment for depression because it goes deep into the underlying cause of depression and helps the patient develop highly effective coping behaviours. Hypnosis can help improve the patient’s mood and dismiss the negative feelings and pessimistic attitude that can cause depression. The method used may differ from patient to patient, but most use a combination of imagery and suggestions to trigger positive changes in the subconscious of the patient. The teenager undergoing this process will probably sense a renewed positivity in their mind and a sense of freedom and greater control over their mood, thoughts, and even life.
Apart from negativity, anxiety is also a root cause and symptom of depression. Hypnotherapy can be very beneficial for alleviating this feeling from an individual. Instead of remaining stuck in an endless circle of hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt, and other painful thoughts, hypnosis can break the cycle help the teenager develop a positive mental attitude using suggestions. This way, situations that were previously overwhelming for the patient will seem less intimidating, and their response will change accordingly.
As part of hypnotherapy, positive suggestions and affirmations can be used during the session once the teenager is in a deep state of relaxation. During this state, the suggestions and affirmations made are much more powerful and effective. Of course, many people may not feel comfortable with allowing a therapist to reach so deep into their mind. However, when you think about it, this kind of procedure is no less invasive than the injections and medications you take as part of common depression treatments.
A level of trust is necessary to make hypnotherapy successful, so the patient has to be comfortable around the therapist. The entire procedure can be very personal and revealing, and the teenager may end up reliving and confronting some deep-rooted feelings that are causing the depression. However, once you know those feelings, it can be much easier to treat the depression.
When you know the root cause of depression in a teenager, it becomes a lot easier to change their mindset into a more positive one and deal with the real issue. In due process, the teenager will understand that the problems in their life are not the end of the world, but just a series of events that can be overcome with just the right attitude.
One of the best things about hypnotherapy is that it does not make the patient dependent on a drug to keep them happy, but gives the patient the power to find their own solutions and fight through the depression. In the end, that helps teenagers be stronger people throughout life.
Bio line – Philip is a guest blogger who has interests in blogging about health and wellbeing and especially for weight loss and teenage depressions. Recently he has updated the solutions for Weight Loss with Hypnotherapy on his website. To know more kindly visit his website.