Hypnotherapy provides support for those who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Posted by on 14 Nov, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

By Annette MacCaul – Published in Truro Community Times, November 2013

Local hypnotherapist Annette MacCaul is focusing this month on how hypnotherapy can help those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  As the summer draws to a close people who suffer from this condition can start to feel the initial impact around this time of year.

SAD has hit the headlines many times in recent years as awareness grows, but it’s not a new phenomenon. The Royal College of Psychiatrists suggests that for thousands of years, people have noticed that the seasons can affect our mood. It was not until the 1980s, however, that the term Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) first appeared. It is used for people who, although they sometimes become depressed in the summer, regularly become depressed in autumn and winter.

Annette explains; “SAD has symptoms much like depression, but it has a clear pattern, starting in Autumn or Winter and stopping in the Spring and Summer. The kinds of things that people might experience include loss of energy, low mood, which is often worse in the morning than later in the day, wanting to socialise less, a kind of need for hibernation, feelings of exhaustion for no real reason, loss of libido and so on.”

So who gets it? SAD is more common in women – about three times more common – and the further away you live from the equator, the more likely you are to suffer. It’s common enough that many of us can relate to these symptoms, but if your symptoms are bad enough to interfere with your life, you may well have SAD. In the UK, about 3 people in every 100 have significant winter depression.

So how can hypnotherapy help with SAD? Local hypnotherapist Annette MacCaul explains about the approach she takes with her clients.

She says; “Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) can help with many conditions that affect our mental wellbeing, and this includes SAD. During the free initial consultation I explain in detail about how the brain works  and why it might ‘behave’ in the way it does during the winter months for some people. The Solution Focused approach encourages people to think in new and more positive ways. By means of imagery as well as suggestion, hypnotherapy also helps people who have SAD to change aspects of their behaviour, and refocus their thoughts in more positive ways.”

“Clients are often relieved to learn that there are different ways that the symptoms of SAD can be managed and actually enjoy the process, which often works quite quickly, as well as the results! I have been able to help many reduce their SAD symptoms; it is such an amazingly powerful technique.”

She is keen to stress that hypnotherapy is not a cure or replacement for medical intervention and that outcomes do vary.

Annette is a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist practising in Truro. Call 01872 858 033 / 07784 155 181 to book a free initial consultation or visit www.amhypnotherapy.co.uk for more information.

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