Has anyone ever tried hyptnosis for treatment of major depression

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snowflake
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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
The reason i`m asking is that it has been suggested that i try it in an attempt to help with my problems .
I really concerned as to how it works and just what happens .
I know i have been told it`s safe but i am not sure if i want to go there .
Is digging up the past going to make things any better .
Snowflake

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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Snowflake,

My session did not work that way. I was taught how to put my self in a deep restful sleep and then picture my self on my favorite place and as I was in my favorite place I learned to let go of the stress and feel my body relax.  I would tell myself when I became fully awake and aware of my surroundings I would feel the peace and it would stay with me.

I learned about remembering my childhood in a much different way.

Both worked well for me.

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snowflake
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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt were you worried at what would come up about your childhood .
I have been told there is some trauma that has occoured that is far worse than anything i am remembering .Hence the reason i`m concerned about what that trauma is
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   Posted 11/26/2008 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Snowflake,

YOu will be in a safe setting. And your mind only releases the memories as you are able to handle them. I think that it would be interesting. I still have something that I can't remember. For years it was bothering me and scaring me. But then I learned that the mind protects us. If you do try this, let us know how it goes.

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   Posted 11/26/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   

Snowflake,

Karen is right, your mind will protect you and you will be doing the Hypnosis under control circumstances.

Was I afraid of what I would discover about my childhood, no.  In fact it was a release to have someone validate what had gone wrong and how I should let go of the feelings of insecurity and be told by my therapist to change my core beliefs as they were inaccurate.

I lost my Mother when I was 18 months old to a car crash. When I was 5 years old my father remarried and I guess you could say I did not have a chance.  My step mother's only  son had drowned before we came into her life and I feel that she was sadly disappointed as she thought I could replace him.  I could not do that and she resented me for being alive when her son was gone.

She also was a drinker so when she got through with me I believed I was just a worthless burden and she wanted me out...................long story.

I learned a lot in therapy.  It was not my fault.  I was a daughter without a Mother.

Bless you sweetie and I know your afraid but face that fear and go slow.

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snowflake
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   Posted 11/26/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I know there must be something pretty horrific still blocked away but after the last lot my body let me remember i couldn`t think of anythink more horrible than that just those frw momwnts i did remember have haunted me .I see and feel what they are doing but there are no faces to them .I live in fear as i do not know who they are they could be anyone .....needless to say i do not keep in contact with anyone from the time i lived at home and moved so far away but that fear still goes with me every single day .
I do not see a therapist anymore not since he lastone shocked me with what she said .So if i do this it will be on my own again .
The chiropractor talked more about the hypnosis again yesterday during out session it`s his collegue who is looking into it for me and will ring when he has found the one who he feels will be best able to handle this and who knows how to do it properly .
I really suppose it`s just the fear of the unknown thas holding me back from a lot of things .
Thanks .
Snowflake

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   Posted 11/26/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Snowflake,

I know that you are scared. I would be too. Just know that we are here for you. I believe that the doctor sincerely cares about you and wouldn't do anything to scare or harm you. But all in all this is your decision. Only do this if you feel comfortable with it. I know that you will be able to tell if it is right for you.

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trying2getby
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   Posted 11/27/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I am curious about how hypnosis works in therapy. Is it more of a relaxation technique, or does the therapist suggest something positive to you and because you're in that state you believe it and act on it?

snowflake
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   Posted 11/27/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
For the past year i have used a cd given to me by my oncologist psychologist when i went through treatment for my cancer ..the cancer treatment really stirred up a lot of really horrible memories .
This cd is made my her and talks me through just relaxing each part of my body and paying attention to my breathing .In using this each day i find it so helpful especially when family life gets on top of me .So using the hypnosis is not being used for that reason .The hypnotherapist i did talk to told me that it will help me to be better able to deal with the thoughts and memories of what has happened to me as a child ..pretty horrific.
Then he said it will also be used to help me with the pressures of today so that my body might heal itself as i`m currently fighting not only major depression but cancer and fatigue .that part i`m willing to undergo but it`s the past that worries me the most just not sure i can cope with that .
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   Posted 11/27/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Snowflake,

I hope that you are having a wonderful day. The therapist must think that once you remember what happened in the past, that you can acknowledge it and then put it behind you. Remember we can't change our past. But we can choose to not let it effect our present. Though in ways it does make us who we are today. But evidently you have some fear about your past. If it is too scarey, you can always choose to stop the process. You still will have control of where you venture off to. But if it really worries you, you may choose to just leave it in the past. You should feel safe about what you are going to encounter. I wish you the best in what ever you decide to do.

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snowflake
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   Posted 11/27/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Karen and yes i`m terrified of the past .I told this fellow i would see him if he could make me forget everything that had happened as i think that thats the only way i can move on .
The things that i have remembered i can not post in here but i know those memories have made a massive impact on my life and not for the better .
for me to have no memory would be the ultimate wish i could ever have.

I was going to do some gardening but the heavens have opened up and is at present replenishing the arid land .so i decided to sit and talk to me friends behind the screen instead .A lot less effort for me just what i need today .
Hope your evening is just as pleasent as you sit there snuggled up from the winter colds .
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   Posted 11/27/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Snowflake,

I am happy that you are getting some much needed rain. I always do love a summers rain that replenishes everything and makes it beautiful.

I am sitting here tonight eating leftovers and pumpkin pie. My husband is watching tv and eating pumpkin pie. We are both going to be so fat at the end of the winter. I see it coming.LOL...

We are nice and cozy inside. It was snowing pretty heavy when we were on our way home from the kids house. But it isn't incredibly cold. Kind of damp. If it were a few degrees warmer, it would be raining. This has been a cold month compared to other winters though.

My husband is going to go out deer hunting in the morning. He will go out before daylight and sit and hope a big buck comes along. I don't have the stamina or the patience to do that any more. But I use to hunt when I was younger. I even shot one once. But if I wouldn't have been thinking about steaks, I would have cried about it. That was all that we had to eat back in the day. I use to do a lot of canning and homemade cooking. We burned wood for heat. I love wood heat, but it is so much work sometimes. I use to go out and help get the wood and load it up. Then I would stack it in the yard, bring it in and keep the fire going. I could do so much more back then than I can now. Though I think we can do if we have to.

I am glad that you are relaxing at the computer. You deserve that time to yourself to enjoy. I hope that you have the most wonderful day. Take it easy...

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   Posted 11/28/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Snowflake,

Go for the hypnosis and just ask the therapist not to go into your childhood past right now.  Your CD sounds much like what I learned, how to hypnosis and I had a tape to play.  At first I felt stupid going into the bedroom and praticing  but after awile it became a ritual.  I don't know when I gave it up.

Hey my hubby got 2 deer so I guess he will have meat for the winter............hee heee.  Me, I will eat ice cream.

I am glad to hear you are feeling relaxed.

Hugs to you

Kitt


 

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snowflake
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   Posted 11/28/2008 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt and Getting by i`m not sure what i would do without you .
The closest i have been to a deer was when my oldest daughter and her friends went out pigging .they shot a deer only to find it was about to give birth .So they decided to deliver the calf themselves and it survived so they bought it home for me to look after but sadly she only lived a few days .She needed her mother .
I find the relaxation cd so good some days it works a lot better than others .I stopped using it for a couple of months but then went back as things were just getting out of hand .
I have made a few copies for a couple of friends who also use it regularly they think it`s really helpful also .
Snowflake

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   Posted 12/3/2008 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Well i heard back from the other chiropractor about the hypnosis he was trying to find someone who was capable of doing the treatments that he knows i need but unfortunately he has found noone anywhere near me who is qualified enough to do it .
He then said that if i went to where he was it would take five days of daily treatments anf he wouldn`t charge a lot for the treatments but then the accommodation and travelling will be a great expense he lives 620km one way away from me .So as it is atm i can`t afford to attend the treatment .
Life just goes on as it has done one day at a time .
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   Posted 12/3/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Snowflake,

Maybe this is a sign that this isn't right for you at the time. So feel relieved that you wont have to go through it right away. I guess that is the only good way I can see it right now. But know that it could be an option.

I know that you were afraid of what might come up anyway. So maybe it will work out later for you.

You are such a special person Snowflake and I think that right now the best thing is one day at a time. Actually that is all we all can do atm.

I hope that you have a lovely day, free of pain and full of sunshine.

Best wishes to you my friend.

Luv and hugs, Karen
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