Our expert says:
Hypnosis absolutely NEVER helps in a situation like this, and in someone with self-destructive behaviour can be realyl dangerous --- so set that idea aside.
What can help, is psychotherapy, especally the COgnitive / CBT variety, that examines closely the range of conclusions you have drawn about yourself and life, tests them for usefulness and fruitfulness, and helps you to reject those that are illogical and unhelpful, and to revise them so that they prove to be reliable and helpful. it ca be very useful in situations like this. And remember that it can be profitable to combine a carefulyl chosen antidepressant or similar medication with such psychotherapy, for the best results, as when one is deeply depressed, one usually isn't very good at logical thinking !
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