Depression is a mood disorder and it more common than you may think. It is believed that 1 in 4 in the UK will suffer some form of depression every year. Despite this, depression is a misunderstood illness. Depression is often seen as a sign of weakness and not everyone who experiences it will recognise what they are going through.
So, how do you know if you are depressed?
There are several levels of depression from mild to chronic. Depression is more than feeling down or say and is one of those conditions that affect us differently.
You may have depression if;
- You feel anxious
- You feel stressed a lot of the time
- You feel sad, hopeless, or are deeply unhappy
- You can not be bothered to do things that you used to enjoy
- Are feel tearful or cry for no specific reason
- You feel tired or listless a lot
- Find concentrating more difficult than before
- You behaviour patterns change around food, sleep, and sex
- You have thought about self-harm, death, and suicide
What you can do about it
One of the very first things you should do is visit your doctor. A lot of people avoid doing this because they are worried they will not be taken seriously and that if they are, they will be palmed off with pills. If you are finding it hard to see your doctor take a friend or family member with you and write down your concerns.
Depression is a varied condition with a long list of symptoms and causes, so it requires a medical expert to diagnose it. Some symptoms can be caused by underlining conditions such as a hormone imbalance, which again a doctor can rule out/in.
Using hypnotherapy to treat depression
Often lifestyle changes can be part of reducing levels of depression. Things such as increasing exercise, cutting down on negative habits (smoking, drinking, taking drugs), changes in diet (decreasing junk food), and allowing yourself some quality me time.
Unfortunately, depression itself can make changing anything incredibly difficult. When you are depressed, it is often hard to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Help is at hand
Besides making/keeping regular contact with your doctor hypnotherapy can offer support with any/many changes.
Hypnotherapy can help you by;
- Teaching relaxation techniques
- Support you to stop smoking/taking drugs
- Aid you in managing your diet
- Helping you find the motivation to socialise and exercise
- Teach you techniques to deal with negative thinking, worry, stress, and anxiety
Ethics surrounding hypnotherapy as a treatment for depression
It is only fair to state that the ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) does have some concerns surrounding the use of hypnotherapy in the treatment of depression.
The ASA have noted that those with depression may be discouraged from seeing a doctor if they see a hypnotherapist.
In reply to the ASA, I would like to point out that all clients should see their doctor on a regular basis and continue to take any medications prescribed.
I draw not only on a variety of proven skills backed up by industry standards but also upon years of personal experience in dealing with mental health, some very close to home.
If you would like to talk to someone regarding depression, please do get in touch for a no-obligation consultation.