Treating Depression with Positive Visual Imagery

Depression is usually assessed by studying negative verbal thoughts which are assumed to be different and separate from negative mental imagery and perceptual sensations. But a recent study at the  University of Hamburg lead by Steffen Moritz suggests this line of reasoning is a mistake. They propose that many people suffering from depression actually report sensory qualities in addition to their negative thoughts and that these should be considered as part of their treatment.

The results of Morits study suggests that different approaches using "vivid mental imagery in a positive way would encourage depressed people to relive positive memories or imagine positive outcomes."

We can't help but see the parallels of this study and the importance of the role of positive visual imagery with the success we have experienced in treating clients with depression using hypnotherapy.

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