We all go through times in life when we feel down, discouraged and frustrated. For many these feelings pass quickly. But sometimes those negative feelings can linger, overwhelm us and leave us unable to figure out why we feel like we do. Depression is when the lingering down feeling becomes all the time.
It's hard to pinpoint what causes depression, as depression can slowly creep up on us and overtake our lives. The truth is that there are many factors that contribute to depression and often there is no single cause.
Anyone can be affected by depression, as it's a disorder that doesn't discriminate; it has no social boundaries and so can affect anyone regardless of their background or perceived status in life.
A major depressive disorder involves the body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about the world and everything around you. It can cause a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in most, if not everything.
Depression is not the same as a passing blue or feeling a down moment. It isn't a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished or willed away. People with depression can't simply pull themselves together and get better. If left undiagnosed and untreated, depression can progress and worsen, lasting for years and years
Christmas, New Year, birthdays, mothers day and many other anniversaries can all trigger strong emotions. For most of us these are happy positive emotions. But for sufferers of depression, these events can awaken deep seated negative emotions which eventually overwhelm us, making us forget who we really are and stripping our lives of any joy or happiness.
It's important to recognise that there's a massive difference between feeling down one day and having a depression disorder. Often when we feel down, the feelings can pass quickly. It's when the depressed feelings don't go away and you feel down for weeks, months or cases years. It's at these times that they start affecting a person's everyday life, that it may be time to seek alternative professional help.
Well meaning friends, families and colleagues may tell you to pull yourself together or suggest that there are others worse off than you, but regardless of what is said or how much you want to, you feel powerless to get over it and move on with life. This is not the sign of weakness that some people may believe, but part of the depression cycle.
Sadly, the good intentions of others can pile on feelings such as guilt, inadequacy and embarrassment about how you feel, making the situation worse.
Additionally you may feel embarrassed to seek help, believing ultimately that the feelings will eventually disappear. This can be because you've had depressive times in the past and somehow managed to move on, or simply learned to cope with it, accepting it as the norm.
Medication can and does have its place in helping a person get over a hump in their lives, but in my opinion it should not be the long term solution. I believe that no medication can ever take away the emotional issues that form the basis of the depression.
In fact you may be visiting these pages because you or a friend may have been taking medication or tried talking therapies but haven't noticed any long term shifts or changes.
The roots and causes of depression live in the subconscious mind. That's where all your memories, emotions and feelings are stored, and so through hypnotherapy we work with the subconscious to uncover and neutralise the causes and drivers of the depression.
You are then able to find some peace and clarity and have a stronger grasp on events and circumstances so that you can begin to enjoy life again.
The number of sessions required will vary according your individual needs and circumstances along with how quickly we can get to the root and cause of the issue.
The cost per session is £60, with each session lasting around 2 hours.
Payment is per session and can be paid in cash, debit card, Visa or MasterCard at the end of each session.
If you're ready to break the cycle of depression and let go of the past to take back control of your emotions and your life? then contact me and see how Hypnotherapy can help you take back your life from depression.
Call me on 01772 439046, or email me by clicking here to start making positive changes in your life.