Hypnosis can be quite effective with milder types of depression and anxiety. Hypnosis produces an altered state of consciousness (ASC) in which certain senses are heightened and others seem to fade into the background. While in a hypnotic trance, you become more aware of words and suggested images, and they grow more intense. Bodily sensations and time are often distorted.
Images of calm, relaxing scenes are often suggested for clients with depression and anxiety. Although the visual imagery is quite effective, much of the benefit from hypnosis for depression is obtained by the simple act of learning to relax. It is often a revelation to the victim that he or she can relax.
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