Depression is a mood disorder that affects many and is characterized by disturbances in emotion – feeling sad, worthless, unable to go on with day-to-day activities. Other symptoms also include feelings of guilt, withdrawal from others, loss of sleep and appetite, loss of sexual desire and interest and pleasure in hobbies and tasks.
When depressed, individuals often complain about physical symptoms. For example, complaints about weakness, fatigue, headache and pain in the body in general are often reported by people who are going through depression. And suicide is also a risk. Depression sometimes becomes chronic where the person does not go back to an earlier state of functioning.
There are different explanations of what causes depression (major or mild) starting with the genetic postulation suggesting the risk of developing a depression is higher in relatives as opposed to families with adopted children. There is however another theory focusing on the idea that neurotransmitters in the brain play a crucial role in mood disorders. The idea posits that a low level of serotonin produces depression, in which case the patient is prescribed drugs from the antidepressant family. Other theories are derived on the premises that depression is considered to be originating from repressed feelings such as anger, loss and so uncovering these emotions would be beneficial for the person.
Depression is clinically divided in mild, moderate and severe.
Mild depression is very common and some people can recover by themselves changing to healthier behaviours.
Moderate depression usually needs the intervention of another person such as a hypnotherapist.
Severe depression usually needs therapy and medication. Nonetheless, do your best to not go on medication.
But hypnotherapy can help you beat a mild depression
A study into the effects of treating depression with hypnotherapy, compared to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) showed that, after 16 weeks of treatment of either hypnotherapy or CBT alone, patients from both groups significantly improved compared to baseline scores. However, the hypnotherapy group produced significantly larger changes.
Treating depression with hypnotherapy is now seen as an effective treatment for many individuals. Other recent studies have shown that it is more effective than cognitive-behavioural therapy, which is the most common therapy approach in treating clinical depression. Hypnotherapy for depression can help address the underlying cause as well as help individuals find much more effective coping behaviours. It can also help people achieve a happier mood and decrease or dispel the pessimistic and negative thoughts that generally accompany depression.
Depression can obscure rational, realistic thinking, making everything in life appear awful, all the time.
Hypnotherapy can help replace old thinking patterns
A professional hypnotherapist, who is a member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy and who has experience of working with people to overcome depression, can help the sufferer to understand the impact of the past, to focus on the present in order to work towards the desired future.
In the main NCH members would treat mild and moderate depression with hypnotherapy. Some have specialist training and will work with severe, clinical and bi-polar depression if it is within their sphere of competence
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