According to research, approximately one in four people in the UK will suffer from a mental health problem at any one time throughout the year – with depression being one of the most common types.
With the right support and treatment, such as counselling and hypnotherapy, people can overcome the common mental health condition.
Living with depression
If you have depression, you will find living with the condition hard on yourself, and also on your close family and friends. It can affect the way you eat, sleep, work and the way you feel about yourself and your life. Other people may tell you to ‘pull yourself together’ or ‘snap out of it’, but no matter how much you want to, it’s not that easy. This is not a sign of weakness as some people may believe, but part of the psychological disorder.
It can be difficult to explain how you are feeling to others. Sometimes you may become overwhelmed with emotion, or even feel emotionless. This can lead to a breakdown in relationships. If depression is untreated, it can have massive effect on your health, finances, work and relationships. It’s advised to seek help as early as you possibly. Many people find hypnotherapy useful for managing a number of symptoms of depression, alongside other types of therapy such as counselling.
Symptoms of depression
Depression affects people in different ways. It can cause a variety of physical and psychological symptoms. In most circumstances you may feel hopeless, sad and lose interest in things that you used to enjoy.
Symptoms of depression can persist for long periods of time and can interfere with your family, social and professional life. If you experience any of the following symptoms every day for two weeks, you should contact your GP:
- feeling constantly pessimistic
- feeling constantly sad, anxious or empty
- feeling restless and irritable
- feeling worthless, helpless or guilty
- difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- having low self-esteem.
- changes in sleep patterns
- aches and pains
- changes in appetite
- lack of energy
- loss of libido.
- loss of interest in hobbies or activities
- not performing well at work or school
- avoiding contact with friends
- having problems in your family and home life.
Hypnotherapy for depression
The aim of hypnotherapy as a type of depression treatment is to target the root cause of the issue and to develop better coping behaviours. In most circumstances you will usually forget or suppress the cause of your depression because of the association with negative feelings. It’s not difficult to forget an event on a conscious level, but it is on a subconscious level. This is why it’s best to confront the issue head on, rather than burying it, which can worsen your depression.
Hypnotherapy connects directly with the subconscious mind. Your hypnotherapist will address your perception of the event that has caused you to become depressed with the aim to improve your self-esteem, mood and help you gain your independence back.