What If Everything You Know About Depression Was Wrong?

 

Johann Hari always wondered if there was more to people’s depression than what was being advertised/normalized. So, he started what turned into a 4,000 mile journey to find the answer. Like many, including celebrities, Hari felt confused when it came to handling his depression. “When I was a teenager, until I went to my doctor, I had thought my depression was all in my head, meaning it was a sign of weakness, it was shameful,” he explained. “It’s not in our heads. If you’re depressed, if you’re anxious, you’re not crazy. You’re a human being with unmet needs.” Hari began to explore what really causes depression in his book Lost Connections. As a child, he was told that his depression was due to a lack of serotonin in his brain. After he was given anti-depressants, he felt better, but found that the sad thoughts began to leak back in until he went back for a higher dose. He later discovered that our moods may be product of up to nine different factors, seven of which are in our psychology and our environment. These include feeling lonely, feeling controlled at work, and not getting enough access to the natural world. He explained, “And while certainly chemical antidepressants have some value, and should remain on the table, we need to radically expand the menu of options for people who are depressed and anxious to actually deal with the deep, underlying reasons why we feel this way.”

 

Mental Health, Sleep and Dreaming

 

People with “Maladaptive Daydreaming” spend an average of four hours a day lost in their imagination

 

Maladaptive daydreaming can interfere with normal functioning, but it’s not clear all people with the condition will want treatment

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People with “Maladaptive Daydreaming” spend an average of four hours a day lost in their imagination

A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis

 

Major hospitals are finding hypnotherapy can help sufferers of digestive conditions like heartburn, acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome.

Experts theorize that hypnotherapy works because many gastrointestinal disorders are affected by a faulty connection between the brain and the gut, or digestive tract. The gut and brain are in constant communication. When something disrupts that communication, the brain misinterprets normal signals, which can cause the body to become hypersensitive to stimuli detected by nerves in the gut, causing pain. Experts believe hypnosis shifts the brain’s attention away from those stimuli by providing healthy suggestions about what’s going on in the gut.

 

Reference:

A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis – WSJ

Kate Middleton reportedly uses hypnobirthing!

 

What is hypnobirthing?

 

According to the HypnoBirthing International website, expectant mothers can use ‘The Mongan Method’ to tap into their subconscious and rely on their instincts to achieve relaxation, “free of the resistance that fear creates.” This also promotes the release of endorphins, which can be essential if the birthing plan takes an unexpected turn. The result? A serene, calm and ultimately, positive experience.

 

 

References:

https://www.ajc.com/news/world/what-hypnobirthing-kate-middleton-reportedly-uses-this-special-delivery-technique/XNSY1VbFlosY0aylQzPeTM/

https://www.womenshealth.com.au/kate-middleton-hypnobirthing-third-pregnancy

Doctors use hypnosis on needle phobic

 

 

Anaesthetists are increasingly turning to hypnosis and other relaxation techniques to help those who have a fear of needles.

Needle phobias affect as many as one in 10 people, causing significant anxiety for patients.

It also causes significant challenges for treating doctors.

To combat the challenge a small but growing number of anaesthetists have started to use hypnosis and relaxation techniques, said Dr James Griffiths, a consultant anaesthetist at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital.

“We’re finding that guided relaxation can facilitate induction of anaesthesia and it’s important that we use positive language to avoid inadvertently increasing pain or anxiety in our patients,” said Dr Griffiths.

 

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The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

 

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) were set up by the government to protect the public. They do this by providing a UK register of complementary health practitioners. Protection of the public is their sole purpose.

They set the standards that practitioners need to meet to get onto and then stay on the register. All CNHC registrants have agreed to be bound by the highest standards of conduct and have registered voluntarily. All of them are professionally trained and fully insured to practise.

They investigate complaints about alleged breaches of their Code of Conduct, Ethics and Performance. They impose disciplinary sanctions that mirror those of the statutory healthcare regulators.

They make the case to government and a wide range of organisations for the use of complementary healthcare to enhance the UK’s health and well-being. They raise awareness of complementary healthcare and seek to influence policy wherever possible to increase access to the disciplines they register.

CNHC is also the holder of an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.

 

 

Looking for a complementary therapist? Search their register and choose with confidence. CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator across 16 complementary therapies, and they hold an accredited register approved by the PSA. Find a local, qualified practitioner here: http://ow.ly/6ZBQ30j3wCy

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Monthly Masterclass

 

Hello Everyone,

We have now finalised our third meetup established at Birkbeck, University of London with easy access to transport amenities.

Our group is open to anyone interested in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. Moreover, all skill levels are welcomed. This monthly meetup was created to discuss anything Ericksonian and more complex casework examples found in clinical practice, when utilising Ericksonian hypo-therapeutic principles and techniques.

It may also count towards your annual CPD as qualified hypnotherapists registered with a professional body. This is a not for profit event but a minimal fee of approximately £20 will be charged for the day for a 3 hour seminar and only to cover the hire costs of our Central London venue which is now confirmed.

25 places on this instance are available and Dan Jones will be the respected guest speaker presenting on the day.

I look forward to meeting you all!

With best wishes

Tony

Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Monthly Masterclass

Saturday, Apr 28, 2018, 1:00 PM

Birkbeck, University of London
London Malet Street, Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7HX, GB

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Hello Everyone, We have now finalised our third meetup established at Birkbeck, University of London with easy access to transport amenities. Our group is open to anyone interested in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. Moreover, all skill levels are welcomed. This monthly meetup was created to discuss anything Ericksonian and more complex casework examples …

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