Not depression!!! The World Health Organization estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. It’s also the world’s leading cause of disability.

Dr. Liz shares how hypnosis can help alleviate and prevent depression. Having lived with re-current depression herself, Dr. Liz used hypnosis when another episode was threatening to hit a couple of years ago. She shares her story, gives a good tip to reduce anxiety and depression, shares a research study about hypnosis and depression, and talks about what hypnotherapists are doing when they’re working with someone who is depressed.

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Study cited:  Leonard S. Milling, Keara E. Valentine, Hannah S. McCarley & Lindsey M. LoStimolo (2018) A Meta-Analysis of Hypnotic Interventions for Depression Symptoms: High Hopes for Hypnosis?, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 61:3, 227-243, DOI: 10.1080/00029157.2018.1489777

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Listened to in over 140 countries, Hypnotize Me is the podcast about hypnosis, transformation, and healing. Certified hypnotherapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Dr. Elizabeth Bonet, discusses the research behind hypnosis, interviews professionals doing transformational work, and talks to individuals who have had hypnosis. Free hypnoses are also given from time to time. If you’re interested in learning more about the magic of hypnosis, psychotherapy and mindfulness, this is the perfect place to feed your fascination!

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Dr. Liz [0:00]
Hi everyone Dr. Elizabeth Bonet here Dr. Liz Welcome to the Hypnotize Me podcast. Before we jump in, please note that the podcast is not mental health treatment nor should it replace mental health treatment. If you need psychotherapy or hypnotherapy, please seek treatment from a trained professional. I do hypnosis all over the please feel free to contact me through my website

Dr. Liz [0:41]
Before we get started, I want to thank beach mom times three for her review on iTunes. It’s titled Liz is a lifeline and she says found this podcast to be extremely calming and insightful, delightfully soothing and beneficial. Thank you. So thank you to you beats mom times three. I really appreciate that. And I really love getting reviews. It helps the podcast be found by all the search engines. And I like to get the feedback to that it’s actually helping someone. So thank you so much for that. All right, let’s jump into today’s episode.

Dr. Liz [1:18]
Hi, everyone, Dr. Liz here. I hope you’re having a wonderful week. And that this podcast episode helps it be just a little bit better or perhaps someone you know, for their week to be better. Now this episode is by request. I was working with a client and she said, please do a podcast episode about this and I said, Okay, I will by request. And we were working on anxiety and worrying about something in the future. Now I am an anxiety specialist. And I have all kinds of ways to work with anxiety. I’m highly skilled in cognitive behavior therapy CBT. That’s one way to work with it. I’m skilled in DBT dialectical behavior therapy, which is fantastic for anxiety. In fact, I think it’s even better for anxiety than CBT personally, because I have some concepts that CBT doesn’t really have, such as radical acceptance, which is a wonderful, wonderful concept. And this episode isn’t really about that. But I’m going to just explain it in brief because I think it’s such a helpful concept.

Dr. Liz [2:32]
Radical acceptance is not saying that something happened is okay that what someone did is okay. But it is acknowledging that this happened, and it cannot be changed. We cannot change the past. We can only change the present. That’s it in hopefully that affects the future sometimes sometimes not. So when you find yourself stuck in this thought loop of I wish I had done this or I wish been that way, or I wish this had happened. You’re stuck in the past and you’re not moving towards radical acceptance. So for me, this has become a concept that I use all the time, in my practice and in my personal life. The next step in DBT is turning the mind when that happens. So it’s accepting that something happened and then turning the mind towards something that’s helpful. So that may be distracting. The mind doesn’t let me watch a show or color or take a walk or do something like that talk to somebody, it may be a thought process. And that’s probably the one I use the most is like, Oh, is this thought helpful for me? If not, then what would be a thought that would be helpful for me right now? And then I try to think of a thought that’s helpful. So that’s radical acceptance, and how to turn the mind very briefly in like, a minute or less or something.

Dr. Liz [3:56]
But this technique is a little bit different. So This client and I were talking and talking. And finally I said, Why don’t you just put that on your list? And she said, What do you mean? It’s like, Well, why don’t you put it down for Friday? Worry obsessively about such and such? And she just looked at me and started laughing. And she said, Have you done that before? And I said, Yeah, actually, I have. And she said, When and I said, Oh, this is a couple years ago or something. She said, Do you still have the list? And I looked at her, and I really value honesty and authenticity in therapy. And I’m not going to talk about all kinds of private stuff as a therapist. But this wasn’t so private, because it’s a technique I’m teaching really. And I said, Yeah, I actually happen to have it because I pull it out from time to time and it makes me laugh. And she said, All right, would you mind reading it to me? I said, No problem. I actually keep this in my calendar. I still use a paper calendar, and I use Google Calendar and I use like, my client calendar. I have Three different calendars going. But this list I transfer from my paper calendar year to year, so I’m going to read it to you.

Dr. Liz [5:08]
Okay, so it’s Friday, spinning, Bank, scan documents, work on the website, pick up the girls, take them home, pay them allowance. Intend to do healthcare application, but never actually do it. wallow in self pity. Be scared and anxious that you’re going to be penniless. Have fantasies of giving up moving away. moving in with the ex husband who can’t even support me at this point. remind myself of that. take several naps and feel like dying. Okay, so that’s the end of the list. It still makes me laugh.

Dr. Liz [5:49]
I know some people are probably listening to this and are like, Oh my gosh, like Oh, that’s so sad. Right. And that really is where I was at the time like feel like dying. It was such a stressful time. I am some healthy stuff on there, right? Like work on my website and go to spinning, pick up my girls like things like that. But what it did is it once I wrote it down, it put it right in front of me. And then I could get some distance from it could be like, Okay, you know what I can save wallowing in self pity until Friday. I can handle that on Friday, right because it’s on my list and then that one will be easy to check off. So if you’ve listened to the podcast for a while, you know, I love making lists. I’m a huge list maker. I love setting goals. I’m very careful about goals these days. Because generally once I set when it happens, I do goals all kinds of ways. The Dream book is when I have an affiliate link for that. That’s a beautiful, beautiful way of setting goals. And art journaling is another and I’d love to check off my list. So this would be a very easy list. Me to check off for Friday. Right?

Dr. Liz [7:02]
Like fantasies of giving up and moving away. Well, that’s pretty much every day. So check that’s done today. And then I can let it go take several naps, that, you know, that’s a sign of depression for me if I’m napping all day, and I really was in a depressive episode at that point, this is probably know 2013 or something like that, and going through extremely stressful time. So she loved this concept. And occasionally, if things get really stressful, I’ll still use it, because it does somehow pop you out of it. I not quite sure how. Now obviously, I’m no longer in this place. And that was probably my last big episode of depression, actually. I had had episodes of depression throughout my life, I would say starting at around age 18 when my father died, but then when the next one hit, I went and got core healing hypnosis. And it’s hypnosis that really helped me nip that one in the bud. And then feel like it’s never coming back. Like now I have a tool.

Dr. Liz [8:14]
you know, at that point in my life, I knew the signs very early. And I had learned through my previous therapist who I saw for ever, that I have to really protect myself against depression. Okay, it is not just something that I let come and go. It’s like, oh, if I see a sign coming on something like taking several naps a day, then I need to go into action to protect myself. And so when the next episode hit, when I started to see the signs, I thought, oh my god, I am not doing this again. Because typically, an episode of depression lasts a year or two. And that’s for most people, not just me. For most people, that’s the case. So I was like, there’s no way I’m doing that again. I’m not putting my kids through that. I don’t want to go through it. I love my business right now I love being a therapist, like there’s so many parts of my life that I loved that I thought, forget it. And this time, I went into action pretty immediately, and did core healing hypnosis, which, of course, I got trained in, and I’m a specialist in now as well myself, and help people all the time, that come into my office and say, I always feel like depressions right around the corner. And I say, well, let’s take care of that. Okay, let’s have that feeling go away. Let’s give you a tool that you can use so that you no longer have to live in fear of that, so that you can go into action if you see a sign of it.

Dr. Liz [9:44]
So how does hypnosis work with depression? Since this is a podcast about hypnosis, correct. So first, let’s ask is it effective when you look at the research literature, there’s been meta analyses published about depression. Studies. And the brief on that is that yes, it’s effective actually. So there’s one study that participants receiving hypnosis for depression with a combination of talk therapy. So cognitive therapy showed more improvement than 72% of the control participants. That’s a lot. Right? Like, okay, 70% of you are going to feel a lot better and your depression is going to get much better. So who would raise their hand for that? I would. All right, I did raise my hand for that. Control subjects means people who didn’t get hypnosis, they just got cognitive therapy. There was another study published by she and colleagues sh I each in 2009. And it’s found about the same thing. They looked at six different studies, all kinds of Charles a treatment. And what they found is that the average participant receiving hypnosis damage treated more improvement than about 76% of control participants. So that’s fantastic.

Dr. Liz [11:08]
So what are we working on when we’re doing that? I know for me when I’m working with someone experiencing depression, I’m working on reducing symptoms, first of all, like suggestions that they have a little bit more energy to go out and do things that they want to interact with people, that they can reframe something that’s happening. So our ability to reframe reframing means think about something a different way. That’s all it means. Our ability to reframe something, is a skill that keeps us from feeling bad. Another thing we’re doing with hypnosis is inducing relaxation, obviously, and that in itself feels really good to people. But I’m also giving suggestions to increase self esteem to extend And awareness of positive things that are happening in their life. Because when you’re depressed, like everything looks horrible. So part of my goal is to help you actually have a better mood, positive mood.

Dr. Liz [12:17]
And then of course, part of my goal is to train you in self hypnosis so that you can go home and do some of these things yourself. Most of the time, I send custom recordings home with clients, but I know some therapists don’t believe in that. And they don’t do that. They feel like the change process happens right there in session. I do believe that as well. The change process happens right in session when you’re doing the hypnosis, but I know I like to listen to him gnosis files, so I assume my clients do to occasionally have someone who doesn’t want to recording that’s totally fine with me, but most of them want one. So when I’m putting into the recording or the things that I talked about, and always helping them to Better. So if you have any of my free hypnosis files that you can get at my website, Dr. Liz hypnosis, calm, just join the newsletter, you’ll get the free files. You’ll notice that generally at the end I put when you wake up, you’ll feel a sense of hopefulness, feeling refreshed for the day ahead as a few falling asleep listening to the hypnosis. Now, this is not a quote, I don’t know exactly what I said on all of them.

Dr. Liz [13:31]
But in general, I tend to use that because it’s so good for you. So good for people to wake up and feel hopeful for the day ahead. feel like it’s a good day ahead. And when you’re in depression, you don’t feel like that you wake up and think, Oh my God, not another day. Like, I can’t make it through and then that’s often when people want to stay in bed. Like I’ll just stay here in bed and not even get out. I just can’t believe Life, hey, that’s the feeling of depression. So in hypnosis and helping you transform that into hopefulness, like waking up and saying, okay, maybe the whole day isn’t great, but perhaps the one thing is good about this day, there’s one thing to look forward to or one thing to live for. So I hope that helps you understand hypnosis and how it helps depression a little better. The name of that study, by the way, is a meta analysis of hypnotic interventions for depression symptoms, high hopes for hypnosis, and it’s by Leonard milling, Kira Valentine, Hannah Mark McCarley, and Lindsay loast emoto. published online January 2019. So it’s pretty recent study last year. All right, everyone, hope you have a wonderful week. And if you need help yourself, really I encourage you to consider hypnosis and consider reaching out to either a professional that’s around you for in person hypnosis or to me If you’d like to do online hypnosis, I do want to let you know that you can feel better that there is hope. You don’t have to live this way you’ve really don’t. Life can feel good and happy. And you can enjoy your kids and your family and your friends again and want to go out and do things. And hypnosis can help you get there. Alright, peace.

Dr. Liz [16:01]
I hope you truly enjoyed today’s episode. Remember that you can get free hypnosis downloads over at my website, Dr. Liz hypnosis. com Dr. Li seen hypnosis, calm. I work all over the world doing hypnosis. So if you’re interested in working with me, please schedule a free consultation over at my website, and we’ll see what your goals are and if I can be of service to you and helping you reach them. Finally, if you liked today’s episode, please subscribe to the podcast or tell a friend that way more and more people learn about the power of hypnosis. I right everyone have a wonderful week. Peace

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