Depression….everyone faces it at some point in their lives. It is one of the most common problems Americans face. Anyone can become depressed. However, depression is more than just feeling unhappy, bored, or fed up. When these feelings persist, they can begin to affect your everyday life.
It is one of the most common sources of mental stress. And like any other stressor, it can be overcome with some hard work and a bit of help. In some cases, it requires counseling or even hypnotherapy.
On this page, we will take a closer look at depression and how hypnosis may help you overcome your depression.
Living with depression
Living with depression is hard on both you and your family. It can affect how you eat, sleep, work, and feel. While others may tell you that you just need to ‘suck it up’ or ‘get over it’, those suffering from severe or even moderate depression, know it is easier said than done. It is not a sign of weakness, only a symptoms of a problem.
When you suffer from depression it may be hard to even describe the depth of your feelings. It can be overwhelming. Others feel emotionless. Numb. This can lead to a breakdown in relationships and when untreated, can have massive effects on various aspects of your life. From health to finances, work, and relationships, depression can wreak havoc on our lives. If you suspect you are suffering from depression it is adviced that you seek help from a medical professional.
Symptoms of depression
While there are some common symptoms, it affects people in a variety of different ways. Some symptoms are psychological. Others are physical. Symptoms can persist for long periods of time and general interfere with your family, social, and professional life.
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loss of interest in activities, people, or things
- Feelings of constant pessimism.
- Consistently feeling sad, anxious, or empty
- Restless irritability
- Feeling worthless, helpless or guilty
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Low self-esteem.
- Aches and pains
- Loss of libido
- Aches and Pains
- Changes in appetite
- Insomnia or changes in sleeping patterns
- Poor performance at work or shool
- Avoiding friends and family
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies
- Struggling to maintain relationships with family and friends.
The simple truth is that there is no single cause. What we do know is that it can develop for a number of different reasons. In some people, it may be brought on by a stressful or traumatic event. For others, bereavement or divorce could cause depression. We also know that in some individuals it is a chemical malfunction of sorts, where the brain fails to produce enough serotonin.
In addition, research indicates that the older you get, your chances of developing depression increases. This risk is intensified if the individual grew up under negative social and economic and environmental factors.
Here are a number of circumstances that can put you at risk:
- Stressful Events These include a death in the family or divorce.
- Illness Long-term or life-threatening illness increase your risk of experiencing depression.
- Head Trauma Severe injuries to the brain can trigger emotional problems and mood swings.
- Personality Traits Certain personality traits such as low self-esteem or being overly critical of yourself can leave your more at risk. While these traits may be environmental, some research also indicates that they may be inherited from your parents.
- Family History
- Post-Pregnancy Women who have given birth have a risk for depression. The physical and hormonal changes, along with increased responsibilities can lead to depression.
- Loneliness Lack of human contact for an extended period of time leads to increased depressive tendencies.
- Drub Abuse Persistent drug abuse can relax you, but it can also cause depression. This is particularly prevalent in teenagers.
While there are many ways in which to treat depression, you should always contact your doctor first. The following is simply a list of practices that your doctor may recommend.
- Exercise– Evidence suggests that exercise can increase hormone levels and battle negative emotions.
- Support Group– Depending on the causes of your depression you may be referred to a support group for a particular type of trauma or addiction in addition to other therapies.
- Counseling or Talk Therapy– Sometimes talking to someone, a close friend or even a professional, can help. Just getting it out and having a sounding board can help.
- Combination therapy – In some cases, your GP may recommend antidepressants coupled with talking therapy.
Hypnosis is gaining wider recognition as a treatment for depression. It is used by some psychologists in psychotherapy to uncover the root cause of negative feelings and emotions. This can help alleviate or remove your symptoms. The aim of hypnotherapy as a treatment is to target the root cause of the issue and to develop better coping behaviors. Many of us forget or suppress the cause of our depression because of the association with negative feelings. While this is easy to do on a conscious level, our subconscious always remembers.
The aim of hypnotherapy as a type of depression treatment is to target the root cause of the issue and to develop better-coping behaviors. Many of us forget or suppress the cause of our depression because of the association with negative feelings. While this is easy to do on a conscious level, our subconscious always remembers.
Due to this fact, it is always better to confront the issue head-on. Burying our feelings only deepens them. And eventually, it comes back to bite us with a vengeance.
By connecting with the subconscious mind directly, your hypnotist will address your perceptions of the event. This will allow you to examine the cause of your depression with the aim of improving your self-esteem and mood while helping you regain your independence.
If you would like to learn how hypnosis can help you overcome your symptoms, call Hoosier Hypnosis for a free consultation.