Anecdotal evidence has long supported the idea that focusing your attention on a goal and visualizing its attainment can have measurable results in the real world. In fact, many professional athletes attribute their high levels of success to these motivation techniques. Believe it or not, hypnotherapy for depression in Hong Kong operates using many of the same attitude adjustment principles. Better still, hypnosis for depression yields the same positive outcomes for many patients. 

How Does Hypnosis Work? 

Although the media and popular culture have made it out to be a cross between a comedy routine and a magic act, hypnosis is actually a genuine therapeutic technique. According to the American Psychological Association’s Society of Psychological Hypnosis, it is a procedure during which the therapist suggests to the patient that they will experience changes in sensations, behaviors, thoughts and perceptions. In order to achieve success in hypnotherapy for depression, the clinician first uses techniques that help the patient to relax, put distractions aside and focus their mind on the positive images, words and suggestions the therapist is introducing. Subjects who enter a hypnotic state are thus able to incorporate what happens in the hypnotherapy session into their subconscious mind. 

Is Hypnosis Effective? 

Researchers have begun to use scientific methods to determine if hypnosis truly does make a difference in the functioning and well-being of patients. One of the most persuasive, favorable studies was published in the journal Gut. Researchers studied 204 patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, treating them with hour-long hypnosis sessions over a 12-week period. At the completion of the study, 71 percent of the patients reported that their symptoms had been relieved. Over five years later, more than 80 percent of that number were still feeling significant symptom abatement. 

The efficacy of hypnosis for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has also been the focus of some recent research. In a study of 48 Indonesian children with PTSD, a specific hypnosis technique that had been adapted for the local culture was found to bring about a significant improvement in the children’s PTSD symptoms. 

Scientists are also beginning to investigate the effectiveness of hypnosis in helping to treat depression. One study of 84 people with depression assigned them to 16 weeks of sessions in either cognitive behavioral therapy or hypnotherapy. Both groups reported significant improvement in their symptoms, which suggests that hypnotherapy for depression in Hong Kong may be just as effective as other curative methods. Since everyone is unique, the strategy that helps one patient might not work as well for another. Current research is suggesting that hypnotherapy deserves a place alongside other proven therapeutic options. 

Use Hypnotherapy for Depression and Anxiety 

At the root of depression and anxiety are the negative ways we perceive ourselves and the world around us as well as the destructive thoughts and self-talk that occupies our minds every day. With its focus on relaxation, guided imagery and positive suggestions, hypnosis for depression, anxiety and other conditions can truly bring about lasting transformation. Our trained hypnotherapists are here to walk with you on your journey toward health, happiness and well-being. Put the power of your own mind to work for your long-term happiness and freedom from fear.  

If you are suffering from depression and anxiety, contact Renewed Edge today and enquire about sessions on hypnotherapy for depression in Hong Kong.  You can also sign up for our newsletter and stay abreast of current news on hypnosis.