New guidelines issued by NICE states that therapy or exercise should be offered to people with mild depression instead of anti-depressants.  There has been a rise in the use of anti-depressants with more than 20 million being prescribed in just three-month last year.  It is estimated that one in seven people in England taking anti-depressants.

I welcome this.  I think there may always be a need for pharmaceutical intervention for the treatment of depression. It should be seen as a last resort, rather than the initial response to people requesting help for dealing with depression.  This can include a range of therapy and exercise options, such as; CBT, ecotherapy, mindfulness, gym classes, and positive psychology.

Recent research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that hypnotherapy was an effective treatment for depression.  Hypnotherapy works at the subconscious level and positive suggestions can boost mood.  People should always seek medical advice when experiencing depression and when looking to come off anti-depressants.

The medical profession should look to alternatives to anti-depressants, and this should include hypnotherapy to treat their patients.  Hypnotherapy to treat depression is available in Edinburgh. Please contact us for more information.