Our expert says:
I would never advise consulting a hypnotist. That's like consulting a carpenter who has only one single tool in his box, which is a hammer, so everything looks to him like a nail, and he hits it.
It's expensive and there is no good evidence that it is effective, and it can give rise to other problems. And in the very real and challenging situation you describe, I can see no way a hypnotist could help you.
But seeing an experienced counsellor could be far more effective and productive. You are also right in recognizing the vicious circle whereby not working does damage one's self esteem. This is why it is often useful to get almost ANY job, especially to keep in the habits of work, until one can find a better job.
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