Should I Medicate My Child For Depression?

In HYPNOSIS by Jon Miles CHT

You’ve just typed this into Google and you may feel like you’re running out of options.

Depression is serious business and can take over someone’s life, making small tasks like getting up and small talk with others seem like insurmountable feats. For school-age children, it can be even worse with the added stress of academic work and daily peer interaction.

Watching a child struggle can be extremely difficult and most parents diligently try every conventional method they can to ease their child’s pain. More often than not – anti-depressants like Prozac, Zoloft, and Lexapro, are presented as a solution.

While medications are an option, potential side effects drive many parents back to the internet to find out what other options are available.

Experts Agree That Hypnosis Works

Traditional hypnosis and its structured form, Neuro-linguistic Programming, can change the patterns a child’s mind gets stuck in. Once these patterns have been broken and re-aligned negative emotions and depressive symptoms can then be alleviated over the course of days and weeks, not months and years as with traditional approaches.

California based Michael Yapko Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and family therapist says “Hypnosis has relevance to the treatment of depression because hypnosis can help build positive expectancy regarding treatment, address numerous depressive symptoms (including insomnia and rumination), and modify patterns of self-organization that contribute to depressed thinking and mood.”

She is a better self-advocate for herself, and she is doing better in school. It was amazing the changes we saw in just a short period of time.”Emily's Mom Rose Marie

Children Are Typically Great Candidates For Hypnosis

A depressed child’s age is on their side when they receive hypnotherapy treatment since they can visualize different scenarios often more easily than an adult.

Robert Shacter of New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine states, “Children tend to respond to hypnotic suggestion better than adults because they are more in touch with their imaginations.” In a recent pediatric journal, Dr. Anju Sawni wrote that “Adolescents can enter into the hypnotic state easily and rapidly and, while in this state of deep concentration, are highly responsive to therapeutic suggestions. Hypnotherapy allows the adolescent to gain a sense of control, increase self-esteem and competence, and reduce stress.”

Adolescents can enter into the hypnotic state easily and rapidly and, while in this state of deep concentration, are highly responsive to therapeutic suggestions and goals.Dr. Anju Sawni

Experts at Hypnosis and NLP

National Hypnosis has first-hand experience in treating children with depression and has seen wonderful results using both hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Rose Marie brought her seventh-grade daughter Emily in for hypnotherapy for her “acute bouts of depression and anxiety.” After her sessions, she described her daughter as “more positive and able to pull herself out of the doldrums when she starts feeling depressed. She is a better self-advocate for herself, and she is doing better in school. It was amazing the changes we saw in just a short period of time.”

Rose Marie, like many other parents, had tried various conventional treatments before pursuing hypnotherapy. More about Rosemarie and her daughter’s story here.

If you have not found a way to help your child’s depression and feel like medication is the only option left, there is another option available that for nominal investment can have dramatic positive effects on your child’s life trajectory.

We invite you to call us and discuss how we can help your child or teenager overcome life’s troubles naturally.