When experiencing depression it can feel as if there is nothing that will make a positive difference. This is not true. The very decision to do something is a significant one. When you are eventually over this period in your life, you may even look back on it as a "useful wakeup call" which signified that something needed to change. Depression is not your fault. It is experienced by millions of "normal" people often becoming a learnt behaviour from our environment.
So what exactly is depression?
The word depression is somewhat overused in every day conversations. Often people say they are depressed when they are merely feeling a bit fed up. Depression is more than the "normal feelings" created by the usual ups and downs of everyday life. If your "low moods" interfere with your life or simply never seem to go away, or if they reoccur over and over, it could be a sign that you're depressed.
Mild depression may not prevent you from leading a normal life, it may just make everything that bit more of a struggle. Things you used to enjoy may no longer seem worthwhile. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening. As a clinical Hypnotherapist I effectively help people suffering from depression including post-natal depression.
How do I know if I am depressed?
There are many ways in which depression shows itself. You may not at first realise what's going on because the issues may appear to be more physical.
E.g. sleeping problems, lacking energy, unexplained weight gain or loss, unexplained aches and pains, loss of libido, mood swings.
Some typical symptoms of depression are; feeling anxious or agitated, excessive use of alcohol or other substance abuse, being irritable or impatient, difficulty remembering things, inability to concentrate or make decisions, feelings of low self esteem or a lack of confidence, feeling disconnected or helpless, experiencing lots of negative emotions such as anger, sadness, guilt, shame, fear or hurt.
Depression and Anxiety
People who are depressed are often very anxious. And vice versa. People who experience anxiety are often depressed. (These are known as co-morbid conditions) It's not clear whether the anxiety leads into the depression or whether the depression causes the anxiety.
What is the cause of depression?
This may not be a straightforward questions as often there isn't one single cause. It varies from individual to individual but depression is usually the result of a combination of factors. Depression is not inherited but it does seem as if some people are more prone to depression than others. This could be because of life experiences or family background.
Our past experiences do have an effect on how we feel about ourselves in the present, and if those feelings are very negative, they can be the start of a downward spiral. In many cases, the first time someone becomes depressed, it's triggered by a traumatic life event, such as being made redundant, breaking up with a partner, abusive relationship, grief etc.
Are there things I can do to help myself?
You have already started by reading this far! You can make a decision about seeking help to improve your health and wellbeing.
It is believed that just 20 minutes a day of physical activity can stimulate chemicals in the brain, (endorphins), which can help you feel better.
Healthy eating is also important. Don't be tempted to use alcohol or other drugs as a quick fix. These can actually make depression worse. As a clinical nutritionist, I can help you manage your eating habits.
Although there are no instant cures, it is possible to break free from depression. When you are depressed, you may well not feeling motivated enough address the issues that need it. However, if you do seek the right support you can recover.
How hypnotherapy can help
Hypnotherapy may help identify the causes and origins of the depression. Once this occurs people often describe is as "a weight being lifted" or a "light bulb moment". Hypnotherapy can also help you recognise any patterns of negative thinking you may be caught up in. Depression can obscure rational, realistic thinking, making everything in life appear awful, all the time. Hypnotherapy can help you replace old thinking patterns with more useful ones. As a trained clinical hypnotherapist, I can help you overcome depression by understanding the impact of your past, to focus on the present and work towards the future you desire. Hypnosis can re-process past experiences and memories that have sensitized you to continued depressive reactions in the present. You no longer have to punish yourself living a life of depression.
21st Century depression
Some people believe that contributing factors to depression in 21st century are things like; total information overload, being available 24 / 7 via email, text, social media etc, the constant unrelenting diet of doom and gloom fed to us via the media. And generally not having any time or space to unwind, truly deeply relax and undertake valuable mental processing.
Time spent in hypnosis with a professional hypnotherapist, such as myself, can help you enormously. I would assess you holistically, i.e. mind, body, spitir, rather than just treating symptoms. I offer you more time than a GP can. Hypnotherapy works with both the conscious and the subconscious mind in order for you to achieve the results you want. You no longer have to punish yourself and continue living a life of depression.
Did you know that Hypnotherapy has a 93% success rate after just 6 weekly sessions for depression whereas Behavioural Therapy has a 72% after 22 weekly sessions. Imagine the possibilities and all you have to do is put your mind to it.
My 6 session structured program is a simple, powerful and effective treatment that can help you eliminate depression. Symptoms of negative emotions cannot be treated unless the source of the problem have been cleared. My program effectively deals with this. I often will include Emotional Release Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Reiki to support your healing journey.
If you would like to know more, please contact me for a free consultation to discuss further.