The Truth About Depression and How To Lift It

It may have started gradually but you slowly become aware you are feeling miserable a lot of the time. The world seems less colourful and you can't keep your mind on what you are doing. Worries go round and round in your head and you can't get to sleep because of them or you wake up too early thinking about them. Whenever you do wake you feel exhausted and can't motivate yourself very much, sometimes just wanting to stay in bed and make the world go away. You may feel restless, pacing up and down in a state of agitation and despair.

Perhaps you can't eat and the simplest of things will seem too overwhelming to do. Nothing seems funny anymore and the pressure can feel so physical, weighing down on your shoulders and eyelids.

You have lost all confidence in your ability and feel useless. You may be scared to be alone or have suffered a panic attack.

Your biggest fear is that it will never ever end and the thought of suicide may well have crossed your mind, or you may even have attempted it. If you are suffering from depression some of these experiences may strike a chord with you and you may have others of your own to add. When you get that low you may feel in the grip of a illness so great you are powerless to stop it from consuming you, however this hideous soul destroying experience can be banished and totally annihilated. For some people depression is driven by guilt (if only...), anxiety - founded or unfounded ("What if I get made redundant, fall ill etc") or for others it can be anger ("If the Hospital treated my mother better she wouldn't have died"). Some can be a combination of all 3.

Symptoms of Depression

There are 9 considered symptoms of depression:

  1. Depressed Mood
  2. Loss of pleasure or interest in usual activities
  3. Disturbance of appetite
  4. Sleep disturbance
  5. Feeling agitated or lethargic
  6. Loss of energy
  7. Feeling of worthlessness or guilt
  8. Difficulties in thinking
  9. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

The good news is that one of the most effective ways of beating depression is through 'hypnosis'. Hypnotherapy may help identify the causes and origins of the depression. Once this occurs people often describe it as "a weight being lifted" or a "light going on". Hypnotherapy can also help you recognise any patterns of negative thinking you may be caught up in and help change them. Hypnotherapy can help you replace old thinking patterns with more useful ones and to understand the impact of your past, to focus on the present in order to work towards the future you desire. The amount of sessions needed can be from 6-12 depending on the severity. There is a free telephone consultation offered up to 20 mins to established how we go forward in helping you.

Many People Think That Depression is Genetic

It is a myth because despite millions of pounds being invested into genetic research and gene mapping, no 'depressive' gene has been found. The fact that depression has increased so strikingly in modern times affecting people of all ages tell us something crucial about depression. Genes don't change that fast and what has changed dramatically is our society. Its not the events in ones life that affect us but how we perceive them. Sometimes depression has an unexpectedly straight forward explanation and it isn't the one you might expect. This is because the emotional arousal caused by so much miserable worrying keeps us in our 'primitive' brain and prevents you from seeing what is obvious to other people. The good news is that one of the most effective ways of beating depression is through 'hypnosis'. Hypnotherapy may help identify the causes and origins of the depression. Once this occurs people often describe is as "a weight being lifted" or a "light going on". Hypnotherapy can also help you recognise any patterns of negative thinking you may be caught up in and help change them. Hypnotherapy can help you replace old thinking patterns with more useful ones and to understand the impact of your past, to focus on the present in order to work towards the future you desire. The amount of sessions needed can be from 6-12 depending on the severity. There is a free telephone consultation offered up to 20 mins to established how we go forward in helping you.