Depression is a common disorder that causes sufferers to experience low mood, feelings of low self-esteem or guilt, insomnia, low energy and poor concentration.
Depression is very different from simply feeling unhappy. Feeling sad or down affects everyone at some time or other, but this is usually due to a particular trigger, or upset. A depressed person, however, will experience much more intense symptoms, such as anxiety or helplessness, and these feelings may not be triggered by anything in particular, and will stay with them instead of fading away.
Depression can happen to anyone. Many successful people suffer from this problem. Depression is also common in all age groups.
Living with depression is difficult, not just for the sufferer, but also for their friends and family. It can be difficult to recognise depression in yourself, and the feelings of hopelessness may prevent you from seeking help.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Some of the common symptoms of depression can include:
- Deep feelings of hopelessness
- Tiredness or loss of energy
- Difficulty maintaining concentration
- Social phobia (avoiding people)
- Mood swings
- Low self-esteem
- Sleeping problems
- Persistent anxiety
- Loss of sex drive / sexual dysfunction
- Inability to look forward to what should be pleasurable experiences
- Feelings of isolation
- Physical aches and pains
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Finding it hard to function in day to day life
Taking Positive Steps to Control Depression
The feeling of helplessness or hopelessness common with depression can make the sufferer feel unable or unwilling to seek help. However, being determined enough to take action will have a positive effect, and make you feel more in control of your depression. This action could be making an appointment to see your GP, or finding out about therapies available to help, or could be as simple as going for a walk, or doing something you are interested in.
Depression and Alcohol / Drugs
Alcohol acts as a depressant on the brain. Some depression sufferers use alcohol to ease their symptoms, but the facts are that drinking too much or too often will make you far more likely to become depressed, or, if you are already depressed, will make the symptoms worse. Recreational drugs should be avoided.
Using Depression Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy can be very successful in helping with depression. A properly qualified, experienced hypnotherapist will work with the sufferer to enable them to understand why they feel the way they do, and have psychotherapy and hypnotic techniques to help alleviate the problem. Each person who suffers from depression is an individual, and so the therapist must be flexible and properly trained.
Getting Help With Hypnotherapy
Depression and anxiety are on the increase in the UK, with more than 12 million people going to see their GP with some form of mental health issue each year – and many more struggling on without any form of help. Anxiety and depression sufferers are a large proportion of my clients.
My personal experience with depression put me in a great position to help. I fully realise how hopeless it may seem, and can completely empathise with an inability to cope with the ‘darkness’ – let alone lead a fulfilling life.
If you have any further questions about depression, or wondering if Hypnotherapy is right for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me. All enquiries, just like my consultations, are held in the strictest confidence, and with your safety and well-being in mind.