Depression is NOT Your Fault
How do we overcome depression?
Depression can leave you feeling exhausted. This is because your brain is unable to rest fully, even while you are sleeping. You dream more, which is the brain’s way of trying to deal with your emotional state, and experience less of the deep sleep you need to restore your mind.
If you are suffering from chronic depression, you are not alone – it’s estimated that between 9% to 20% of the population will suffer from a significant period of depression at some time in their lives. These episodes can have a serious impact on your life – in fact, depression can have more of a negative impact on your life than many serious diseases.
If you are suffering from depression, it’s impossible to simply ‘cheer up’ or ‘get over it’, as so many people say in an attempt to be helpful. Depression is an illness and is not something that you can control. You should seek help.
Hypnotherapy can be effective for depression, either used on its own, or as a supplement to other approaches. The deep relaxation experienced during a hypnotherapy session gives the depressed mind a valuable break starting the process of developing a new inner landscape. Together we can also explore possible root causes for your depression and help you to develop the resources you need to feel a greater sense of security and contentment in your life.
What are the different types of depression?
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Symptoms of depression are usually the same for everyone, but people with seasonal affective disorder may experience different symptoms based on the time of year.
Some will have increased appetite and weight gain during the winter months but a loss of interest in food or overeating during the summer season. Others might feel much more lethargic than usual when it’s dark outside.
The cause of seasonal affective disorder is not fully understood. One theory suggests that our circadian rhythms are out of sync with the seasons, which throws off hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain like serotonin. This could lead to an onset of depression during the winter months when it’s dark outside for longer
Dysthymia is a type of mild, chronic depression. People with dysthymia tend to feel persistently sad or empty, have low self-esteem and be overly sensitive to rejection. Dysthymia may develop in reaction to stressful events like the death of a loved one or other traumatic experience but this isn’t always the case.
Dysthymia is typically less severe than major depression, but it’s also harder to identify. Some people with dysthymia may not even know that they have a mental health condition at all because their symptoms are so mild, while others might believe that the feelings of emptiness or sadness are just normal parts of life.
Prenatal depression is a type of major depressive disorder that affects more than ten per cent of pregnant women. Pregnancy triggers hormonal changes in the mother’s body, which can lead to mood swings and feelings like anxiety or sadness.
What causes prenatal depression? Research suggests it may be linked with hormone levels during pregnancy – specifically estrogen and cortisol.
It’s important to tell your health care provider if you are feeling this way during pregnancy so treatment can be started early on in order for you both to get back on track as soon as possible!
Postnatal depression (PND)
Postnatal depression occurs after the birth of a child. It is estimated that about 15% of women who have just given birth experience postnatal depression. It’s important to note that PND is not the baby blues. The baby blues typically only lasts around two weeks.
Postpartum depression symptoms are similar to those for major depressive disorder, and include severe mood swings, extreme sadness or irritability, inability to enjoy activities that were once pleasurable, changes in eating habits resulting in significant weight loss or gain unrelated to
As with prenatal depression, there are many possible causes for this. It could be due to hormonal changes and a woman’s inability to adapt her sleep patterns after the baby is born. This type of depression can also lead to violent thoughts towards one’s children or oneself. Postpartum psychosis has different symptoms but it also typically occurs after delivery.
How Can I Help?
Together we can look at what’s been happening in your life so that things start to come into perspective and we can work out the best course of action for you to move forward to leave these unpleasant feelings behind. Of course we will need to check that your GP is in favour of working in this way before proceeding to work. Once this is behind us we can focus on moving you forward using the vast array of modern hypnosis tools and techniques which I have to assist you live life to the full again.
Our aim is to move you forward to have a sense of control over your life and your emotions so you can begin to look forward with hope to your future and start to live a life with meaning and purpose.
Let’s Do Something About It
Early on we will calibrate where you are so we can track your progress.
We’ll explore in as much depth as you feel comfortable with, what you feel has contributed to or caused your problem and look at ways in which we can release that so that, from the beginning, we are focused on changing your mindset.
We’ll use a variety of modern therapeutic approaches to assist in this process and I’ll teach you tools and techniques to last a lifetime as we move you forward to living life with ease and confidence.