Hypnotherapy for Depression
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Depression is a constant and sustained level of unhappiness which the sufferer finds very difficult to overcome and which goes beyond simply feeling sad for a few days.
Everybody feels unhappy or down from time to time, and this is a normal part of life, but in depression, periods of unhappiness become more invasive and reasons to come out of a "low" period seem less relevant and more distant.
Depression as a Systemic Disease
Depression is a systemic disease in that it affects the whole of a person, mentally, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually.
Depression is usually classified as being mild, moderate or severe depending on its severity of impact on a person.
- Mild depression may not impact on a sufferer's life in a big way, but simply make day to day life a more difficult.
- Severe depression, however, can make a person's day to day functioning impossible, as the sufferer can find it difficult to take care of basic personal needs, do anything constructive, complete any tasks or even find a reason to get out of bed.**
- Moderate depression is somewhere in between, where normal functioning is impaired and complex adult responsibilities such as work, relationships and caring roles may be compromised.
Symptoms of Depression
Symptoms of depression can be wide ranging, complex and include both mental, social and physical problems.
Sometimes symptoms of depression may not be obvious to the sufferer, and it may take someone close to point out that problems exist and that help and intervention may be required.
Apart from the obvious symptoms of low mood, feelings of hopelessness and low self-esteem, sufferers can also experience other symptoms, including:
- Constant anxiety
- Feelings of guilt or shame
- Feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, unworthiness or futility
- Lack of motivation
- Loss of interest in things once found enjoyable
- Feelings of intolerance towards others
- Reduced sex drive
- Suicidal thoughts
Mental symptoms of depression can lead to problems in the way a sufferer relates to others, and these ‘social symptoms’ as they are sometimes called can include:
- Avoiding normally enjoyed activities
- Unwillingness to participate in group activities
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Lowered levels of performance in work
- Lack of ambition
- Problems with close personal relationships
Physical symptoms can occur in those with depression, as the mind and body are intimated connected in a more real sense than is often realised. These can include:
- Loss of appetite and sometimes weight loss
- Increase of appetite (comfort eating) and weight gain
- Disturbed sleep- including:
- Early morning wakening
- Insomnia - being unable to sleep
- Hypersomnia - sleeping too much
- Slowed movement
- Slowed speech
- Lack of energy
- Changes to the menstrual cycle
- Aches and pains around the body
It is possible for a sufferer of depression to grow to ‘used to’ their depression and even feel secure in that. It can become difficult to remember what not being depressed is like.
** Severe cases of clinical depression can also involve psychotic symptoms; symptoms such as disordered thoughts, and even hallucinations and delusions. This situation is a mental health emergency that requires urgent referral to Psychiatric services.
Multifactorial Cause of Depression
Depression rarely has a single cause, but is more often caused by a combination of different factors, both within a person (endogenous) and enviromental (exogenous).
Stressful events, such as bereavement, redundancy, financial stresses, the breakup of a relationship, can lead to the start of depression, but there are other risk factors as well. Chronic physical illness, for example, can affect emotional states, and the chemistry of the brain.
The abuse of drugs and alcohol can also cause depression, as exposure to excessive amounts of many of these substances can literally depress the ability of the brain to produce the neurotransmitters which enable a person to feel happy.
There is evidence to suggest that a family history of depression can increase an individual’s risk. This can be due to the social issues around having a close relative with depression, but also a genetic predisposition to depression may exist in some people.
Repression of unresolved emotions from the past, such as grief, anger, hurt, guilt, can be a significant factor in the development of depression. It is not uncommon in Hypno-Psychotherapy with individuals with depression to be able to locate and expose the deep rooted 'cause' of the emotional disturbance, thus allowing the depression to be resolved and healed in a lasting way.
If you are suffering from Depression and would like to discuss how my Hypnotherapy, Hypno-Analysis and Psychotherapy services can help you, please contact me (Dr Rhead) on 01244 470181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your particular needs. All calls and emails are handled in confidence.
Dr Emma Rae Rhead Hypnotherapy
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