Depression is a mood disorder that negatively affects how you feel, think and act. Depression can cause feelings of sadness, tiredness and a general loss of interest in things you used to enjoy. Often those with depression have very little energy and can be quite forgetful.
Types of Depression:
Depression can take on different characteristics and there are several variations of depression.
Everyone experiences times in their lives when they fell blue or sad; The loss of a loved one, losing your job, money worries, or changes in your living situation. Whichever situation you find yourself in, remember that we all feel down from time to time. The difference between feeling sad and clinical depression is that those feelings persist for a long period of time.
- clinical depression refers to a medical doctor having assessed you through a series of tests and has ruled out potential physical causes.
- chronic depression relates to a dull feeling of depression that is constantly ongoing. Depression becomes chronic when symptoms persist in cycles of periods of low followed by periods of normality. This condition can be a lifelong struggle for many.
- Severe depression is when a person is unable to function in normal daily life; unable to get out of bed, cook and clean for themselves or perform daily tasks such as working. Thoughts of suicide become more prevalent.
Causes and treatment
Scientific studies suggest that a chemical imbalance in the brain is to blame but the real cause is not known. I wouldn’t doubt that there are imbalances within the brain but the question remains; Can those chemical imbalances be CAUSED by something else? Could those long periods of sadness create the imbalance? Can emotions; such as hurt and anger, which have not been free to be expressed, cause those chemical imbalances? My hypothesis is that “chemical imbalances” absolutely are created by our own doing, be it negative thinking, unexpressed emotions or by some outside stimulus that we are reacting to.
The best place to start when comes to treatment is yourself. Perhaps you have unresolved issues, say a breakdown in a relationship or career path. Perhaps you have a health issue that has caused loss of ability which has made you anxious and stressed. Talking is a great way of releasing those pent up emotions that you have been chocking down for a long time. Cutting down and breaking out of set habits/routines that have enabled the depression to grow.
This is where hypnotherapy comes in. Hypnotherapy for depression allows you to relax and connect with yourself on a deeper level. This allows for a deeper understanding of your inner subconscious. Here you can discover what requires healing, releasing and letting go. From there we can build new pathways, ones that form the future but that do not encase you with the past.
Hypnosis will help you to get in touch with those emotions that need to be healed and released. You can train your mind to think about that which gives you a feeling of warmth and to see the beauty life has to offer.
The cognitive behavioural approach of hypnotherapy will allow you to decide for yourself whether this is something that you should seek further assistance with, be it medical, psychological or otherwise.
Hypnotherapy offers the complete method of support as it incorporates your mind, emotions, body, and spirit.