Depression is a common psychological disorder and anyone can become depressed.
But I would suggest that more often than not, the word depression is used lightly or even flippantly. A bit like the word love. Being in love with your partner and loving a new car for instance. Same word different depth of meaning.
For the majority of individuals, feeling a bit low, or a bit down are feelings that don’t usually last very long and they pass soon after the perceived threat, worry or memory has faded.
However depression is more than just feeling a little low, unhappy, bored or fed up. Depression could be brought on by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition such as a thyroid disorder but if depressive feeling don’t go away quickly, or they start affecting your everyday life, it may be time to seek professional help.
Clinical depression is the more severe form of depression, also known as Major Depression or Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
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.
And then of course there are variants on the theme:
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) Individuals suffer symptoms of a Major Depressive Disorder during a specific time of year, usually winter.
Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar disorder is often considered a “mood disorder” and not actually a form of depression. However, Bipolar disorder is characterized by moods that swing from depression (severe lows) to manic episodes (severe highs).
Dysthymia or Chronic Depression. Dysthymia is considered a milder form of depression than a major depressive disorder because its symptoms usually last longer. However, it can often be the more debilitating of the two.
Postpartum or Post Natal Depression.
After childbirth hormonal changes in a woman’s body may trigger symptoms of depression. More than half of the women suffering from postpartum depression will experience it again with the birth of another child. There have been many high profile celebrities speaking out on Postpartum Depression in recent years, perhaps having been thrust in to the spot light by Brooke Shields in 2005. Her open and candid admission of her condition was followed by a blistering and thoughtless personal attack delivered publically by Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise has made public his disdain for psychiatry and the mental health profession in general and I am sure some people will agree that Mr Cruise has ego and ignorance in equal measure. Dare I go as far as to suggest Mr Cruise may be a fine candidate for mental health assistance himself.
Let’s move on shall we?
It’s a normal human condition to feel down once in a while, but if you feel sad most of the time and it affects your daily life, you may have clinical depression.
With the right support and treatment, such as medication, counselling and hypnotherapy, many people can overcome or at least manage, this common mental health condition.
Hypnotherapy for depression
Hypnosis has become widely recognised as an effective treatment for many individuals with depression. Recent studies have shown that hypnotherapy is more effective than cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) which in the past, was the most common therapy approach in treating people with clinical depression.
The aim of hypnotherapy in treating depression is to target the root cause of the issue and to develop better coping mechanisms.
In many circumstances people forget or suppress, the cause of their depression because of the association with negative feelings. It’s not difficult to forget an event on a conscious level, but it is difficult to forget on a subconscious level. Hypnotherapy connects directly with the subconscious mind and can therefore address or reframe the perception of an event that may have triggered the depression. Hypnotherapy can improve self-esteem, mood and help the client to regain control, independence and emotional freedom.
Gail Marra D.Hyp MNCH (Acc) LAPHP is a GHR registered Clinical Hypnotherapist accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, National Register of Psychotherapists and Counsellors and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council
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