What is Depression?
We all have ups and downs in life and we all go through times of sadness. Many people describe themselves as being depressed when they are feeling down. However, true depression is a mental illness that is extremely common. It is estimated that one in ten of us suffers from depression.
Do I have Depression?
People experience depression in a number of different ways. If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms and have been for a while, then you may well have depression.
Feeling upset or tearful and generally in a low mood
Feeling irritable and restless
Unable to enjoy things you use to
Feeling isolated and lonely
Lack of self-confidence or self-esteem
Lack of interest in sex
Feeling guilty or worthless
Feeling empty or numb
Feelings of hopelessness and despair
Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
Lack of concentration
Sleeping too much or too little
Eating too much or too little
Drinking or smoking more than usual
Feeling tired all the time
Feelings of anxiety
If you suspect you are suffering from depression, you must go and speak to your GP.
What Causes Depression?
There are a number of different causes of depression, such as...
Family and Upbringing
Depression may be a hereditary condition or a parent or carer may have suffered from depression when you were growing up. If you had a bad experience when growing up you are more likely to suffer from depression as an adult.
Hormones and Chemicals
Sometimes depression can be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain or by an imbalance of hormones, for example, in the case of postnatal depression.
Unhealthy eating habits, drinking, smoking and taking illegal drugs can all lead to depression.
If you have a physical illness, especially if it is a chronic condition, you are more likely to suffer from depression.
Other causes, such as prolonged stress due to issues at work, financial problems, the breakdown of a close relationship or a bereavement can also lead to depression.
If you feel you may be suffering from depression, then it is very important that you visit your GP. He or she will assess you and send you for talking therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It may also be necessary to take anti-depressant drugs for a short time to re-balance the chemicals that may have caused the depression. Your GP should always be your first port of call before trying any other treatment.
There are other things you can do to prevent depression or to help to cure yourself if you have been diagnosed by your GP...
Eat a balanced diet. Eat well and eat regularly.
Take care of yourself
Get a good night's sleep
Talk to friends and family about how you are feeling
Get some exercise
Try and keep up with hobbies and social occasions, even though you may not feel like it
Hypnotherapy to Help Lift Depression
Hypnotherapy helps to tackle the negative thoughts and self-talk that has been bothering you for so long. We will use positive suggestions and visualisations to create a balanced, healthier state of mind. As always, the number of sessions needed varies depending on the severity of your depression, the cause of it and how well you respond to hypnotherapy but I would recommend at least four sessions to start with. An individual package will be designed just for you and I will also ask you to complete practical tasks between appointments and teach you techniques and self-hypnosis strategies that will benefit you for years to come.
If you feel hypnotherapy could help you, then please contact me to arrange your first consultation where we can discuss whether it would be a suitable treatment for you. I will ask that you have discussed your feelings with your doctor and I may ask your permission to contact him or her if I feel it necessary.
This website is not a substitute for medical intervention. If you think you may be suffering from depression, please contact your doctor today.
If you are feeling suicidal or feel the urge to self-harm in any way, please contact the following numbers for help right now:
If you're in the UK call the Samaritans on 116 123
US Residents, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 800-273-8255
There is ALWAYS someone ready and willing to listen. You are not alone.