Do you experience regular low moods?
Do you have feelings of guilt or low self-worth?
Are you suffering from insomnia?
Do you have a poor diet, low energy, and poor concentration?
If so, you could be suffering from depression and hypnotherapy might be able to help you.
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems and anyone can get depressed.
Depression affects how you think, behave and feel, and can affect your ability to lead a normal life. Emotional problems such as anxiety and depression are so common that they affect around one in four people every year. This article explains how hypnosis can help with depression so you can live a happy and fulfilling life.
What is depression?
It is estimated that nearly 20% of people suffer from depression at some point in their lives. There are several different types of depression. They are generally defined by the severity and the duration of the symptoms.
Here is a really good video by the World Health Organisation on how depression can affect your life and how you can live a happier life:
Types of depression
Major Depressive Disorder
This is often referred to as clinical depression. Someone who suffers the majority of depression symptoms for over two weeks may be diagnosed with MDD.
Persistent Depressive Disorder
This type of depression is present for more days than not for at least two years and can be mild, moderate or severe. Someone may have brief periods of not feeling depressed but the relief lasts for two months or less.
The symptoms are less than MDD but are long lasting.
Someone with this type of depression will experience the symptoms of depression but then experience bouts of happiness during a positive event.
Living with Depression
It can be hard living with depression. It can be hard for your family and friends too. People might tell you to “pull yourself together” or “cheer up” but it isn’t that easy. It is not a sign of weakness as some people may believe.
It can be hard to explain to people how you are feeling. Sometimes you may become overwhelmed with emotion, or sometimes the opposite, completely emotionless. You may feel a disconnect between the person you feel like today and the person you used to feel like in the past. All these feelings can lead to a breakdown in relationships. It is important to get help for depression otherwise it can have a huge effect on your life. Many people find hypnotherapy can help them with the causes and symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person. Depression normally involves a feeling of sadness or hopelessness. Depression symptoms can range from mild to moderate to severe.
Clinical depression is the most severe type of depression. It is normally diagnosed if you have five or more symptoms that last for two or more weeks. Depression can occur once in a person’s life or more than once.
Symptoms can include:
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Persistent sadness
- Low self-esteem and self-confidence
- Poor concentration
- Difficult finding enjoyment
- Constant anxiety
- Staying away from friends
- Feeling desperate and helpless
- Poor sleeping patterns
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Poor performance at work or school
- Poor appetite
- Loss of libido
- Sexual problems
- Physical aches and pains
- Suicidal thoughts
If you experience five or more of these symptoms and they last for more than two weeks, you should seek help from your doctor.
What are the causes of depression?
Depression is a complex problem and many factors lead to depression.
Some of the factors that can cause depression are biological and psychological and social.
- illness e.g. cancer, back pain
Psychological and social factors:
What treatments are available for depression?
You should contact your doctor if you think you suffer from depression. Your doctor may recommend a range of treatments depending on the severity of your condition.
Some people find that regular exercise helps them cope with mild depression. If your depression is moderate, your doctor might recommend talking therapy such as psychotherapy. For severe depression, your doctor may recommend medication, such as antidepressants, together with other forms of talking therapy.
How can hypnotherapy help with depression?
Hypnotherapy can help with mild to moderate depression. Hypnosis can help you uncover the cause of your depression and help you overcome the negative feelings and emotions.
Hypnosis can give you better ways to cope with the causes of your depression. Some people learn to suppress difficult and unpleasant memories and feelings on a conscious level. But those memories and feelings are still there on an unconscious level.
Hypnosis allows you to connect with the events stored in your unconscious mind. You can then gain a new perspective for those memories which allows you to be free of the symptoms of your depression. Hypnotherapy can help you process these unconscious memories so you can gain new learning from the memories and move on.
The goal of hypnotherapy is to help you readjust your perception of the events that cause your depression so you can live a normal and happy life. If you would like help dealing with your depression, please get in touch to book your free consultation.
Please note: Individual results can vary. There are no guarantees that therapy will be effective in every case. For therapy to be successful you need to be open to change and fully committed.