We all use the word ‘depressed’. It has fallen casually into common conversations and has become quite natural to use. Imaging your friend Sarah failing at a job interview you may ask ‘How are you?’ and they answer ‘A bit depressed about it actually.’
The kind of depression hypnotherapy can help with in this post is something quite different as anyone who is or has suffered with depression can assert.
Good news first. In a fairly recent study Whiteford estimates that untreated major depression will resolved itself 23% in three months, 32% in 6 months and 53% in 12 months and additionally seeking help for yourself according to Lambert ( Common Factor Theory ) 66% of people who seek therapy are improved. As oppose to 33% of people who don’t seek therapy.
What Depression Can Be Like
The meanings of depression here are feelings of worthlessness, a complete lack of pleasure and enjoyment in your life. Being so down there can be little activity and just covering the basics like washing and eating can seem a massive chore.
Your world doesn’t look as colourful as it did. Laughter and smiling are old friends who haven’t visited for some time.
Depression like this can include physical pain and discomfort, suicidal thoughts and even thoughts that somehow you deserve to feel this way.
Depression, which is characterised as a mood disorder ( DSMV ) is the normal human response to loss. Loss could be losing a loved one, losing belief in religion or even losing your job. Just about any kind of major loss can be a huge factor in becoming clinically depressed as diagnosed by a medical professional.
Depression Relief Factors
It’s impossible to separate yourself from your environment, your history, the people in your life, your psychology and your neuro-physiology. All of these variables will play some role to a greater or lesser degree in getting well again.
Factors such as exercise and diet can play a role in depression relief. Trouble is when you are depressed it can be a Augean task to eat well and even more miserable to even contemplate exercise.
Your thoughts and thinking in depressing ways can easily exacerbate a low mood and how you are feeling. How you are feeling affects how you are thinking and perpetuates a downward spiral until it stops. When life starts to look and feel better.
According to Common Factor Theory the most significant aspect of your recovery is you! Some 40% of healing is to do with your personal attributes and the environment you are in. Next biggest factor 30% has to do with the relationship between you and your therapist. And another 15% is about is about believing you can improve.
Depression relief hypnotherapy here in Newcastle can help you improve you expectations of becoming well again and also explore and release the often accompanying negative thoughts, history and emotions.
Hypnotherapy works with both the conscious mind and the unconscious mind. Unconscious motives are just that. Unconscious. Aspects of depression are driven via the unconscious and not necessarily understood consciously.
With depression there are feelings that you don’ want to have and something that may not seem right at first, there are also positive aspects to depression. There are negative aspects, those aspects you choose to hypnotherapy to help, but there are also positive aspects and discovering these will aid in your recovery.
Part of your recovery may involve medically prescribed anti-depressants which is discussed below.
Informed Choice with Anti-Depressants
SSSRi’s, MAO inhibitors and TriCyclics effect how neuro-transmitters work within the brain. Typically they are altering the function of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin at the receptor sites.
Studies suggest between approximately 30-60% using anti-depressants will improve depending on the type of depression. Other studies suggest that such drugs are no better than a placebo. The amount of individual variation will of course play a huge role which is explored later in this post.
There are divided opinions withing the medical profession as to the use of anti-depressant drugs in treating depression. Questions about their efficacy, long term effects and usefulness are many. Choosing to use or reject such drugs is something you should explore with your medical professional.
Free Hypnotherapy Consultation
If you want to discuss how having hypnotherapy could help you with depression relief do either call or email me to arrange a telephone consultation.
email : nigel@nigelhetherington .co .uk
Tel : 0770 481 8467