Recent Study Shows Promise For Hypnosis and Gestalt Therapy on Depression

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Recent Study Shows Promise For Hypnosis and Gestalt Therapy on Depression

Recent Study Shows Promise For Hypnosis and Gestalt Therapy on Depression

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Depression is a serious mental illness that affects nearly 350 million worldwide, and 16 million people in the United States specifically, according to Healthline. Many people don’t get treated for depression, causing them to experience extended pain and suffering such as insomnia, anxiety, anger, hopelessness, isolation, and more. If you’ve been struggling with depression, treatment is possible, and you are not alone. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and holistic activities such as meditation, mindfulness, yoga and more have all been incorporated in many reputable treatment programs to help individuals restore their mind, body, and spirit.

Hypnosis has often been misunderstood, as movies and media portray hypnosis as “not having control” and “succumbing to the will of another person”. While this portrayal is often in reference to magic, hypnosis for mental illness and addiction recovery treatment is quite difference. In sum, hypnosis is a powerful, therapeutic technique that can assist a person in reaching a state of consciousness in which they can focus their mind on a particular thought or feeling, or rather to uncover thoughts or feelings that may have been suppressed over the years. As emphasized by the American Psychological Association (APA), hypnosis is safe, and you have complete control – meaning that you can “awaken” or “snap out of it” any time that you so choose.

Gestalt therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on an individual’s insight and responsibility to the present moment; gestalt therapists utilize various creative strategies to enhance clients’ freedom, awareness, and self-expression. A 2017 study conducted by researchers from Mexico sought to explore whether or not hypnosis and gestalt therapy were beneficial to those experiencing depression; one group was tested strictly with hypnotherapy, another group strictly with gestalt therapy, and yet a last group to serve as a comparison group. Results from the study showed that both hypnotherapy and gestalt therapy yielded significant improvement to those with depression – meaning that either or both could be an excellent option for treatment.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today. Depression is treatable – just like other mental illnesses and addictions. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need.

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