Jack Dee wards off depression with hypnotherapy
by Paul Howard
In a recent interview with Bryony Gordon from The Telegraph, Jack Dee discusses how he uses hypnotherapy on a casual but regular basis to, as he puts it, “reset the brain”.
He says “I was on various anti-depressants, but not for long – I didn’t function very well on them. I felt sort of flattened out. Plus I found another way…” He trails off. And that was? “Hypnotherapy.”
Hang on. Airy-fairy hypnotherapy? “It’s very good. I mean it’s only really talking. I always think of it as being a bit like a brain massage. It just sort of resets you. Sometimes you have to switch the computer on and turn it back off again. I try and do it once a month and no more, because you can end up depending on things. I don’t want to come off stage and think I did a good gig just because I was wearing red socks. Life would become intolerable.” For the full article, which contains some interesting insights and at the very least is a good read, use the link above.
The concept of using hypnotherapy to maintain a healthy mental attitude is nothing new. Top athletes have been using it for years. You will often find that the top golfers, footballers, olympians, etc, rely on hypnotheraputic methods to maintain, not only a level of mental stability, but also a way of achieving and maintaining peak performance. At the Surrey Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy we have an after-care service where we see clients every so often, sometimes only every 3 or 6 months, where we give clients a top-up just to ensure that they stay on track. This is particularly useful with clients that we see for anxiety, depression, weight and alcohol where external factors can exert enormous pressure on the client. In the after-care package the client is able to ward off, release or even just let go of some of these external pressures.
We find that by putting this after-care package in place our clients remain in control permanently. The clients generally say that they feel much more confident knowing that their appointment is coming up soon and they can almost put away those external pressures until the appointment as they know they will deal with it then.