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Hypnosis and Depression
While there is a dearth of research on the use of hypnotherapy in the treatment for depression, there are good clinical rationales for considering it as part of an overall therapeutic approach. Hypnotherapy may help the individual create constructive ways of dealing with feelings leading to skillful mood management. It can help promote a sense of control and interrupt depressive cognitive and behavioral patterns. Hypnosis can be seen as a way of involving the individual in a more functional, positive frame of mind. It can build new coping skills through the use of imagery and suggestion and can help refocus one’s attention and develop relaxation skills such as deep breathing that can enhance the ability to respond rather than react to triggering life situations.