Hypnosis in the Treatment of Depression

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A picture I took of a double rainbow over the High Roller in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is 167.6 metres (550 ft) tall. It opened to the public on March 31, 2014, and is currently the world's tallest Ferris wheel.

According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, major depressive disorder affects about 14.8 million American adults over the age of 18 in any given year. Depression is more common in women than men, it can develop at any age, but is more common around 32, and those with depression are four times more likely to develop a heart attack than those without a history of depression. It is a common, but serious issue in the United States, and for some reason, still remains a relatively taboo topic.

For most people, depression is treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. However, more doctors are looking at alternatives to medication and one that has promising scientific results is hypnosis. Medication has side effects, not all of which are good, and many patients report not feeling like themselves when they take medication. There is a need to seek alternative forms of care.

Psychotherapy has an excellent track record, but it often takes a long time to help patients overcome their depressive feelings. Hypnosis works to change behaviors by overcoming fixed beliefs and blocks, both of which have shown a significant improvement in just one session when compared to psychotherapy alone.

Dr. Michael Yapko, a clinical psychologist whose work focuses on treating depression, has said that hypnosis is relevant to treating depression because it helps “build positive expectancy regarding treatment, addresses numerous depressive symptoms, and modifies patterns of self-organization that contribute to depressed thinking and mood.” Yapko does feel one of the best approaches to treating depression involves a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and hypnosis.

Since hypnosis relies on suggestion to change the subconscious mind’s perception, it’s no wonder that doctors and researchers find hypnosis an effective tool in their arsenal to treat depression. During a study that was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, researchers found that patients who received a combined regiment of CBT and hypnosis fared better than 75% of patients who received CBT without hypnosis.

Although researchers are still pursuing studies like these to address psychiatric concerns, the initial results show hypnosis as a viable option to incorporate with a doctor’s approved treatment plan. It is important to note that hypnosis does not claim to cure depression. Additionally, if you or a loved one is suffering from depression, you should seek qualified medical advice and begin an approved treatment plan.

Once the terms of your plan are set in place, ask your doctor about incorporating hypnosis into that plan because the benefits can lead to a quicker recovery and feelings of empowerment as you take portions of your healing into your own hands.

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Dr. Steve G. Jones explains hypnosis and hypnotherapy and the differences between the two. Hypnotherapy involves positive suggestions while hypnosis is the process of moving someone into a relaxed state. How we can replace our negative thoughts with positive ones through repetition. Dr. Steve shares some of his own limiting behaviors and thoughts in the past. How limiting beliefs around money have affected him in the past and using the power of “putting it out there” to change your mindset. We can use hypnosis to overcome points of resistance in areas such as career, money, family etc. There is always going to be another plateau and goals to reach. Dr. Steve shares the difference between hypnosis and meditation and how we can use both to our advantage.

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Online Dating Discussion with Jason Augustus Newcomb

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Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason Augustus Newcomb conclude their Route 66 discussion. Jason, an author, who wrote a book about sexuality, and Dr. Steve, who has authored numerous books, discuss online dating. They talk about Tinder and other dating apps. Match, eHarmony and other professional sites are discussed and Dr. Steve shares his experience with these services over the years. How the latest technology has made dating more accessible and efficient.

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Website Design Part Two with Jason Augustus Newcomb

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Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason Augustus Newcomb continue their discussion about Web Design on their Route 66 road trip. Dr. Steve answers Jason’s questions regarding marketing through his website. Jason is an expert in metaphysical self help or conscious living and has written several books on the subject. Jason’s main question has to do with the “real estate” of a website and what is it that makes a better website. Dr. Steve talks about A/B split testing and discovering what works best based on conversion rates. It is important to keep up with current fashion and technology. They discuss what typical response rate looks like.

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Website Design Part One with Jason Augustus Newcomb

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Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason Newcomb who are both in the self help field discuss the importance of a website. Jason has written The New Hermetics and The Book of Magic Power which are both designed to help you live your life to the fullest. They discuss the different platforms for web design and how updating the look of your site every couple years can be beneficial.

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Free Online Advertising with Jason Augustus Newcomb

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Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason Newcomb (the bad boy of self help) continue their Route 66 discussion. Dr. Steve reveals how any publicity can increase your marketing potential. From interviews, podcasts, magazine articles and YouTube they discuss many platforms for marketing. Dr. Steve shares with us his process of getting exposure through various media outlets. How living in a small town can be to your advantage. They discuss how the “train wreck” or “local hero” can be appealing. Dr. Steve talks about how an online presence can be very helpful. They discuss the benefit of becoming your own publicist and what that entails. Confidence is the key, get out there and make it happen.

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Lower Your Blood Pressure with Hypnosis

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High blood pressure can lead to all sorts of medical issues, such as damage to your arteries, your heart, and your brain. Hypertension can slowly and silently damage your body for years before symptoms ever appear. That’s why regular check-ups with your doctor are important, and if you have been diagnosed with hypertension, your doctor will also recommend some new lifestyle changes to make.

One of the options you can incorporate with your doctor’s advice is hypnosis. John Gruzelier, a research psychologist at Imperial College in London, explains that hypnosis works because it significantly affects the part of our brains that controls the higher level executive functions. It changes how our brains work, making it easier to adjust daily behaviors to accomplish our goals.

There is an ongoing pilot study at the University of Florida, conducted by counseling psychologist, Paul Schauble, which has so far reported results of patients being able to make lifestyle improvements that have lowered their blood pressure. Some significant changes in this process include losing weight, smoking cessation, and learning to eat a healthier diet.

Hypertension isn’t just related to weight, smoking, and diet, though. Some people experience high blood pressure because of stress. In this case, hypnosis works a relaxation technique. Part of the process is to relax the body and prepare it for suggestion. This is done through deep breathing and guided imagery, which can help lower blood pressure in that one sitting, and become a practice to manage one’s blood pressure in the future.

If you have high blood pressure, hypnosis may be an option to help you lower the risk of serious damage to your body. As with any medical condition, you should always talk to your doctor first. Hypnosis is not intended to be a cure, but rather a therapy used in conjunction with your doctor’s prescribed plan. High blood pressure can lead to serious injuries, so be sure to consult your doctor first.

Sincerely,
Dr. Steve

Marketing with Websites and Email Collection with Jason Augustus

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Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason continue their route 66 road trip interview. Jason sells metaphysical and meditation products on his own personal website. They discuss how you can sell using your website and support yourself while helping other people. Jason talks about how he gives away a free Kabbalah meditation when people sign up for his newsletter. This meditation is designed to lead your consciousness in new directions. Dr. Steve and Jason talk about “freebies” in marketing. What is an equal exchange? How does our perception and framework affect our approach to marketing? They pick apart different approaches to email marketing and how to approach different audiences.

Dr. Steve has many years of study with marketing and has written several books on the topic including the Holistic Millionaire. He also helps dissect Jason’s approach during this interview.

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Hermetics Explained by Jason Augustus Newcomb

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Dr. Steve G. Jones and Jason continue their route 66 interview. They discuss Jasons new book The New Hermetics. What is Hermetics? Jason and Dr. Steve explain what the idea of Hermetics is. Based on Hermes who was equated with magic, Hermetics can be divided into several aspects.

  • Our mind and the universe share a consciousness on some level.
  • The Alchemical movement and the idea of connecting with a Source, the idea behind the movie “The Secret“.

Jason discusses how Hermeticism, Alchemy and Kabbalah intersect. Hermetics can be used an umbrella term for someone who thinks outside the norm but specifically refers to people who open up to the divine consciousness. Dr. Steve who was a preacher from 1990-1995 and Jason discuss the fascinating idea of gnosis.

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Introduction to Jason Augustus Newcomb

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Dr. Steve G. Jones and good friend Jason Augustus Newcomb drive down route 66 during this interview. At the beginning of their careers they became fast friends. Jason was studying hypnosis at the time and now focuses on Hermetics. Hermetic refers to the greek god Hermes which covers everything from alchemy to the new thought movement. Dr. Steve introduces us to Jason during this interview and they discuss the self-help movement. Astrology, tarot, and other rituals are some of the methods that Jason uses. They talk about psychic mediums, raising the dead and what can be of therapeutic value to us. Can past life regression be beneficial? Jason talks about his metaphysical approach to self-help and the significance of the number 7.

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Using Hypnosis to Relieve Anxiety Before Surgery

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Learning you need surgery can cause you some anxiety, which is perfectly normal. Some people may worry about the procedure itself while others are concerned with the pain that may come after the surgery. However, worrying about these fears can cause you to lose sleep, feel sick before the surgery, and in some cases, prolong the pain after surgery. It’s better for you to minimize the anxiety you feel before surgery.

The first step is to figure out what about the surgery bothers you. If you’re worried about the actual surgery itself, perhaps you need more education. Talk with your doctor about the necessity of surgery, and make sure you understand both the need and the benefits of completing the surgery.

The next step is to talk about your concerns with your family and close friends. Sometimes our fears can be overcome simply by talking about the issue and feeling heard by those we love. This tactic may not rid us of our anxiety completely, but it does help. They may be able to offer insight and tips from personal experience, so don’t discount the benefits of talking.

After learning more about the surgery, and speaking with family and friends, the next thing you can do is seek alternative methods to assist with reducing anxiety before surgery. There are several options available, but studies show hypnosis as one of the most effective options you can use.

Guy H. Montgomery, PhD, a psychologist and director of the Integrative Behavioral Medicine Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, conducts extensive research on hypnosis and pain management. During one of his studies, Montgomery and colleagues tested the effectiveness of a 15-minute pre-surgery hypnosis session to an empathic listening session in a clinical trial with 200 breast cancer patients.

The results of that trial were posted in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and found that patients who received hypnosis reported less post-surgical pain, nausea, fatigue, and discomfort. From this research study, Montgomery concluded that hypnosis helps patients reduce their stress and develop positive expectations about the outcomes of surgery.

If you can’t seem to overcome the majority of your pre-surgery anxiety, then hypnosis may be able to help. As always, be sure to consult your doctor first. Hypnosis is not a cure-all, but it does provide many positive benefits when used in conjunction with your prescribed medical plan.

Sincerely,
Dr. Steve

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Dr. Steve G. Jones joins the show and discusses how we can experience more joy in our lives right now. The conscious mind acts on the subconscious mind and how we can use this to our advantage. He discusses the difference between a professional hypnotherapist and suggestions through TV. Dr. Steve shares how to choose a professional hypnotist or hypnotherapist.

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Overcome Rejection

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Dr. Steve G. Jones a regular contributor on Money for Lunch discusses rejection and failure with Bert Martinez. He talks about overcoming feelings of rejection by starting with building confidence. How we can become better at hearing the word “no” and how it can be to our ultimate benefit. The more obstacles we encounter the higher the outcomes value can be. You don’t always win, but you always persist.

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Feel Your Success

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Dr. Steve G. Jones joins Money for Lunch. He shares how he got involved in the American Lung Association. They discuss how you feel is more important than what you know intellectually and how this affects your habits. How we feel is greatly important to our success. Feeling overrides knowledge and fear will hold us back. Dr. Steve discusses how important it is for us to relax, whether through hypnosis, meditation or even vacation.

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Managing Cancer Pain with Hypnosis

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Finding out you have cancer can change your life completely. There are several things you have to deal with and learn to manage, and one of the more intense factors is pain. You may already realize that cancer pain impacts how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally, but you may not realize that there is help. You have several options, but research shows hypnosis is effective at managing pain, especially for cancer patients.

An Italian study, published in Oncology in 2000, examined 16 adults with cancer. The patients all experienced nausea and vomiting before chemotherapy, as well as pain during and after treatment. However, after undergoing hypnosis, all three symptoms went away. A 1983 study at Stanford University found that patients who practiced self-hypnosis were able to train themselves to focus on other sensations and reduce the level of pain they felt.

Hypnosis has several techniques to help you overcome pain. Some techniques help you filter out the pain directly while others help you focus on other sensations. It works because hypnosis is a form of deep relaxation whereby you can access your subconscious mind and make suggestions for your own benefit. You can shift your focus from the pain you feel to something else entirely, and it allows you to work on other aspects of your health.

The great thing about hypnosis is that you can practice it at home with the help of an audio recording. Through a guided meditation, the therapist will walk you through the induction phase, which is the opening part where you begin to relax. Once you’re relaxed and open, the therapist may guide your mind through various other sensations you may notice to move your focus away from the pain, or he or she might walk you through techniques that filter the sensation of pain out.

As with any medical condition, it is important to note that hypnosis does not claim to cure cancer or its side effects. You should seek medical advice from a licensed professional when undergoing cancer treatment, and consider hypnosis a tandem therapy to your treatment plan. Once you have the okay from your doctor, hypnosis can be a great way to manage your symptoms of pain.

Sincerely,
Dr. Steve

The Art of Personal Mastery with Dawn Grossart

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Dr. Steve G. Jones shares some of the most transformational mind training techniques. He is recognized as a worlds leading authority on clinical hypnosis. Hypnosis is just a relaxed state of mind we enter every day. Dr. Steve addresses common myths and fears regarding hypnosis. Hypnosis can be the hidden key to self mastery and making it stick. It can be beneficial in many aspects of your life including confidence, motivation, creativity and more. The simplest way to get started is using an audio recording. Changes and shifts can begin to happen in as little as a week and can establish new habits quickly.

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Your Abundant Mindset with Sonya Williams

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Dr. Steve G. Jones talks about our subconscious as a thermometer. He discusses how we can get rid of our thermostat in order to not limit our viewpoint around things such as abundance or wealth. Dr. Steve shares how he uses hypnosis in his own personal life. Motivation and Confidence are recordings that he uses regularly in order to make his own life better. He explains how the process of a hypnosis session really works. One of his most pivotal client sessions is shared.

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Using Hypnosis to Overcome Erectile Dysfunction

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Let’s be honest, erectile dysfunction (ED) is a sensitive topic for many men and couples alike. It involves the inability of men to either attain or sustain an erection for sexual intercourse, and it can certainly be a problem in relationships. There are many reasons men may be impotent, but not all of them are physical reasons. For those men who do not have a physical condition behind their ED, hypnosis may be able to help.

 

According to a study published in the British Journal of Urology, hypnosis showed improvement in ED that was not linked to physical causes. The study was comprised of 79 men who were broken up into four groups. The first group received testosterone, the second received trazodone, the third underwent hypnosis, and the final group was the control group. The study revealed that all four groups showed improvement, but the hypnosis group showed an 80% success rate in treatment compared to 39% for the placebo group, 60% for the testosterone group, and 67% for the trazodone.

If you or a loved one suffer from ED, and it is not a diagnosed physical problem, hypnosis may be able to help you. By accessing your subconscious, hypnosis helps you get to the root of the problem so you can correct it. Anxiety is a common symptom of ED, and hypnosis works from a place of deep relaxation to help you overcome those feelings with positive suggestions. It allows you to provide your subconscious mind with different thought patterns that address the issues behind ED, and help you figure out how to overcome it altogether.

As I mentioned before, hypnosis only works in cases where the ED is not a physical problem. For those experiencing ED, it’s important to first seek guidance from a licensed medical professional to rule out any diseases or other physical ailments that may be the cause of the problem. Combining hypnosis with a doctor’s recommended treatment is a great way to improve the condition, and restore intimacy in a relationship.

Sincerely,
Dr. Steve

Beautiful, Sexy, Badass with Terry Sobon

Duration: 33:52

Dr. Steve G. Jones joins the radio show to discuss boosting your confidence with hypnosis. Hypnosis is a relaxed state of mind and Dr. Steve has created thousands of recordings to help others. He shares how meditation and hypnosis are similar and why one would need to go into Theta or Delta states. Most hypnosis can be achieved during the Alpha state. Some common hypnosis myths are busted during this interview. What is the subconscious mind and how can we recreate  our patterns by changing it? Dr. Steve talks about barriers of the mind and how our feedback loop works.

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