My father suffers from depression and anxiety, has done for years, has SAD, on strong medication, has bad nightmares and seems plagued by events from his past working life that he should have long since forgotten about (he's not worked for years). Any advice on whether hypnotherapy might help and if so how do we find a reputable one for him? We live in Cheshire. TIA
I am no medic but I am wondering if your father might be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and if this is the case, there is a very effecive therapy called EMDR therapy or something similar called "re-wind" therapy. You will need to google these therapies as I have only heard about them from other MNs on the MH threads, but they do talk very positively about these therapies.
Sorry I don't know anything about hypnotherapy for depression and anxiety.
Some hypnotherapists will claim to be able to treat depression. Others say that it is contraindicated for those with depression, and that sufferers would benefit more from counselling. Personally I agree with the latter view, but only you and your father can decide.
He's had counseling until it comes out of his ears, little or no use, the only thing he found quite good was some subliminal stuff the psychologist did with him once(not under him any more and v long waiting list) He's even had electro-convulsive therapy - not helped, just lost some of his memory. Just looking for things not tried before and with a subliminal slant.
The 'rewind therapy' is a detraumatising technique used by human givens therapists - look on their online professional register for one in Cheshire. A charity called PTSD Resolution uses rewind to treat traumatised military veterans and they have an almost 80% success rate which is very good. Hope this helps
He's not been in the military or had a life-threatening experience so I'm not sure this is going down the right lines. When he was 21, his boss ordered him to spy on a colleague; he did, the colleague got fired, his workmates ostracized him, he had a nervous breakdown. I think this is the root cause of a lot of his problems. Is this rewind therapy the right thing for this?
Yes - any traumatising incident at all can cause PTSD, doesn't have to be limited to military. Rewind uses hypnosis/relaxation (they are the same thing) so it is in effect hypnotherapy or 'guided imagery'
I tried hypnotherapy for a&d. Didn't work for me. I've had real anxiety issues for 11 years now, but have always been able to 'manage'.
Just over a year ago, due to a change in employment and a few months off which resulted I decided to finally sort it out.
What has worked for me is Citalopram and.....acupuncture. Of all the things, I am amazed that acupuncture has worked. See if your Dad will try it. I was a sceptic, but it has made a huge difference to me.
I had it 3 times a week initially, then twice a week and then once a week. I go once a month now for 'maintenance.'
Happy to help with any questions you or he may have.
I also tried CBT. That kind of worked. It certainly made me stop being so negative towards myself for no good reason, but I do believe d&a are chemical issues - hence why the symptoms are so physical - not just self esteem issues.