Depression is far more common than realised, it is a common psychological disorder not limited to a few, and anyone can become depressed. There is more to depression than just feeling unhappy, bored or having enough of everything. These feelings don’t go away quickly for some, if you finding these feeling stay for lengthy periods or stay almost forever seek professional assistance asap.
Research indicates one if four people will suffer from some form of mental health issue and any one time throughout the year, depression being the most common.
When you have the right support and treatment such as counselling and hypnotherapy you can overcome the common mental health condition.
Life and depression
If you are living with depression you will find it difficult to live life, your family members and close friends will be affected by it to some degree. Others will tell you or command you snap out of it and even tell you it’s just a phase or get a life. Stay away from people who are not compassionate towards you and those who have never experienced being depressed will never understand you and what you may be going through. Depression is not a sign of weakness as many may believe, it is simply a part of a psychological order than can be rectified when you have the correct plan of action and execute it correctly with your hypnotherapist.
When you depressed you are uncertain of what you are feeling, it may be very difficult to explain to others how you are feeling never mind what it is you need. You are overwhelmed with emotion or the opposite you may be emotionless. This can lead to relationship breakdown in business, intimate, friends, social, peers. It is always advised to seek support and therapy soonest, the longer you leave it the more out of your depth you may feel. At Hypnotherapy Systems & Solutions we offer counselling with hypnosis as a combination as this supports you better, these are complimentary to a speedy recovery.
Depression affects everyone sometime in their lives in various ways according to your life style, experiences, and relationships with yourself and others. You can feel sad, lonely, isolated, abandoned, aggressive, abused, abusive, abuser, taken for granted, guilty, fearful, hopeless, loss of interest from the things you use to enjoy.
The symptoms of depression can persist for long periods of time affecting everyone close to you socially and professionally. The following are indicators you should consider seeking assistance / help immediately:
Constant feelings and thoughts of:
- anxious or empty
- difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- having low self-esteem
- helpless or guilty
- losing interest in things
- restless and irritable
- thoughts of death or suicide
- changes in sleep patterns
- aches and pains
- changes in appetite
- lack of energy
- loss of libido.
- avoiding contact with others especially friends
- having problems in your family
- having problems with your home life
- loss of interest in hobbies
- loss of interest in activities
- not performing
- not performing well or at all at work or school
These types vary according to severity of the symptoms they present, their prevalent features and duration. There is a publication DSM by the American Psychiatric Assoc. describing the criteria for mental health disorders. The manual section within the Diagnostic and Statistics is related to Mental Disorders (DSM) and documents most types and varieties of depression.
Depressive disorders cause significant distress to the individual or impair individuals functioning within the work or school / educational environment. DSM indicates medication or drugs cannot cause the symptoms of depression.
This type of depression is known as major depression or major depressive disorder. Clinical depression is the most sever of all the types of depression; this is due to more of the symptoms being present at any given time all at one time in comparison to other types. Clinical depression is diagnosed when there are usually at least five symptoms present in the same time for a period of two weeks or more. This state may only occur once in a person’s life and may reoccur after the initial episode.
To be diagnosed with clinical depression there are certain factors to take into consideration. If you exhibit a mood that is depressed or a decreased sense of enjoyment in activities especially in the ones you used to partake in and thoroughly enjoy. In medical analysis a medical professional will look at the following and select four as primary indicators to diagnose as clinical depression:
- change in sleeping patterns
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty making decisions or thinking
- feeling guilty
- feeling worthless
- loss of energy or fatigue
- significant change in weight or increase in appetite
- slowing down or excessive movement – usually observed by others
- thoughts of suicide
Dysthymic disorder or dysthymia, this is not as severe as clinical depression. It is recurring on a daily basis for a numerous number of years. Dysthymia can begin developing at an early stage in your life, if so it becomes a belief within oneself it is a normal way of living life or feeling.
If you have the dysthymic disorder, you will be in a constantly depressed mood for a minimum of two years exhibiting at least two of the following symptoms:
- difficulty in making decisions or concentrating
- eating habits change
- feeling hopeless
- loss of energy
- low self-esteem
- sleeping patterns change
These symptoms indicated above, last shorter than two months at an given time / single time. This is understood as having less severe symptoms of depression on a persistent time.
Bipolar disorder/manic depression:
Bipolar disorder results in causes of mood swings of intense highs and very lows can be unbearable, known as episodes on mania and depression. Having a manic or depressive episode is categorised / diagnosed if any of the below three symptoms occur almost every day for at least a week:
- a lasting period of behaviour that is different from usual
- aggressive behaviour
- denial of anything being wrong
- extreme irritability
- fast talking jumping from idea to idea
- hard to concentrate
- increase in energy and activity
- intensely high mood
- intrusive behaviour
- little sleep necessary
- racing thoughts
- unrealistic thoughts about their abilities
- unrealistic thoughts about their powers
- change in appetite
- chronic pain or other persistent bodily symptoms decreased energy, tiredness
- difficulty concentrating
- feeling guilty
- feeling helpless
- lasting sad or anxious mood
- loss of interest in activities
- loss of pleasure in activities
- sleeping too much, or can't sleep
- thoughts of death or suicide
Postnatal depression is treatable; it is an imbalance / disorder. Usually occurs two to five days after childbirth, affecting 10% to 15% of mothers. The symptoms are similar to other disorders, ranging from very mild cases of 'baby blues' to postnatal psychosis known to be a severe disorder. Other symptoms may include the automatic reaction or frequently crying for no apparent reason, feelings of rejection from their partner, most if not all family, friends or even the baby.
Depression develops for a number of various reasons as there is not one cause of depression. Usually a stress factor is the instigator of depression, more stress adds more triggers. Stress can be from a life event such as illness, bereavement or divorce could be the cause. Most cases the severity of the depression varies from the trigger as a singular or collective. It is also dependable on the economical or emotional circumstances. Research is indicating as you get older your stress increases. This is the reason at Hypnotherapy Systems & Solutions we offer a complete system for your requirements.
Various circumstances that may cause depression:
Events - Stressful events -relationship breakdown require time to come to terms with it. This experience can be very emotionally taxing and you are critical in being a high risk of becoming depressed, especially if you try to resolve, make sense or fight the feelings on your own.
Illness – long term illness is a high risk situation in developing a depressive disorder. Head injuries in an accident, sports, accident or assault can cause severe trauma triggering emotional problems and mood swings.
Personality traits – these can be risk factors as some personalities leave you at a higher risk. Low-self esteem, low-self worth, self criticising, self hate, and intense worry may make you more vulnerable. These traits can be inherited from the generational lines or caused from your early childhood experience/s.
Close family – if a parent or sibling has depression the chances you have it or will develop it are severely increased.
Post pregnancy - after birthing some women may be vulnerable from the experience and express various mental health conditions. Physical and hormonal changes and the stress of the increased responsibility of a new baby can lead to what is known as postnatal depression.
Loneliness - cut off from your friends and family at lengthy period of time you are at risk, this may lead to developing a depressive condition.
Drugs and alcohol - drugs and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol may seem as a last resort when life is too much and gets one down. Smoking dope / cannabis may be relaxing, however it can cause depression. Alcohol has been classed as a ‘strong depressant’, however it makes things worse.
Always seek professional advice. Your doctor may recommend the following depending on the severity of your condition.
Exercise – it is very common for exercise to assist with those battling with mental illness. Utilise a the services of a qualified trainer.
Self-help – find a group offering the service of group meetings so you are able to speak to others in the same or similar situation as yourself, even those who have experienced what you may be experiencing, find a group that is helpful.
Wait a bit – mild depression may improve on its own in some cases. Your doctor may suggest you go back every couple of weeks to see what their prognosis is.
Mild - moderate:
Talking – with mild depression you might find it does not go away similar with moderate depression, a treatment known as talking treatment / psychotherapy might be recommended.
Moderate - severe
Antidepressants – prescribed to treat symptoms of depression.
Combining your therapy – severe depression your doctor may recommend antidepressants in combination with therapy of talking.
MHT / Mental health teams – consists of psychiatrists, occupational therapists, psychologists and specialist nurses. A individual or collective support for those with severe depression.
Hypnotherapy is being respected for its ability and success as it is gaining wider recognition globally a a treatment for depression and a support system treatment. Hypnoanalysis (psychotherapy using hypnosis) is there to identify and uncover root cause/s of negative resonances / energetic charge/s such as feelings and emotion, in so doing removing the core symptoms of depression.
Hypnotherapy for depression
The focus of hypnotherapy as a type of treatment for depression is identifying the root cause of the issue, creating a hypnotic formula and develop a better coping tool/s in behaviour support system/s and expression.
It so many cases it is common to discover the individual has forgotten or suppresses their depression due to the association to the negative belief systems and their representation. The conscious mind can forget an event; the subconscious mind remembers everything and also remembers how to correct it. It is best to confront the issue/s in a hypnotherapy session.
Hypnotherapy is your direct link / gateway with the subconscious mind (MIND), as the hypnotherapist works with you they will address how you have perceived the event that has caused you to become depressed with the aim in making you feel better by also improving your self-esteem, confidence, mood, self worth and gain your freedom, this allows your independence to return.