Depression is a mental health condition that can cause you to feel low for extended periods of time. In most cases, people with depression will lose interest in activities they used to find enjoyable. People with depression will also struggle to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Depression can also cause people to have feelings of guilt, low self-worth, poor appetite, disturbed sleep, and poor concentration. Just like anxiety, depression is also more prevalent than most people think.
- Depression is the most predominant mental health problem in the world. It is followed by schizophrenia, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
- In 2013, depression was identified as the second leading cause of years lived with disability the world over.
- In 26 countries, depression was the main driver of disability.
- In 2014, at least 19.7% of the people in the UK 16 and above exhibited symptoms of depression or anxiety.
- Percentage of depression is higher among females (22.5%) than males (16.8%)
Common Symptoms of Depression
Symptoms of depression can vary from mild to severe and can include:
- Feelings of excessive sadness
- Loss of pleasure or interest in activities once enjoyed
- Weight loss or gain that’s unrelated to dieting
- Sleeping too much or having trouble sleeping
- Increased fatigue
- Energy loss
- Slowed speech and movement
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Difficulty concentrating, thinking, or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or self-harm
Symptoms should linger for at least two weeks for it to be diagnosed as depression.
How to Differentiate Depression from Sadness or Grief
The loss of a job, end of a relationship, or death of a loved one are difficult experiences for most people to go through. It is normal for people to feel sad when they find themselves in a similar situation.
However sadness and grieving are different from depression. While the three have a few similarities, they also have several distinct differences. For instance:
- When grieving, painful feelings often come in waves and are typically intermixed with loving and positive memories of the deceased. In major depression, you’ll completely lose interest in activities you used to enjoy.
- In grief, self-esteem often remains intact. When experiencing depression, feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness can become very common.
While depression and grief can sometimes overlap, they are two different things. Your ability to clearly distinguish one from the other can help you get the right support, treatment, or help you need.
How Hypnotherapy Can Help with Depression
Clinical depression is typically treated using a combination of therapy and medication prescribed by a GP. However, while medication can help calm the physical symptoms of the condition, it won’t be able to address the underlying psychological and behavioural factors. This is where counselling will come in.
The Positive Impact of Hypnotherapy
Relaxing during hypnosis is a treatment method that has been proven effective in redirecting the individual’s thoughts towards positivity. The practice is also designed to identify the triggers of the condition.
Once the negative thinking patterns have been established, hypnotherapy can be used to replace old thinking patterns with rational and realistic thinking.
I will help you overcome depression by making you understand the impact your past ways may have on your current condition. From there, I will refocus your attention on the present so you can work towards a future that is depression free.