This is perhaps the most common psychological disorder today – a significant factor in the break up of relationships, career problems and a lack of motivation.
Often when it occurs, the individual will turn in on themselves and refuse to engage with others. Severity can range from being almost totally dysfunctional to having some of the symptoms associated with the illness;
- Depressed mood and sometimes fearfulness
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Loss of energy and/or appetite
- Loss of pleasure or interest in usual activities
- Difficulties in thinking or concentrating
The experts believe that we have a one in five chance of experiencing depression so it is no surprise that the World Health Organisation (WHO) now believes this condition is the leading source of “years lived with disability”.
Contrary to what many people assume, depression is not sadness. In depression, we lose the ability to feel any emotion strongly.
Where can we go from a depressed state
The true opposite of depression is vitality – the ability to feel a full range of emotions, including happiness, joy, pride, but also sadness and grief.
The good news is that with appropriate hypnotherapy, depression is perhaps one of the most treatable disorders. Some of the above symptoms can be treated specifically – of which, insomnia, eating disorders and lack of concentration are just examples.
Often depression is exacerbated or even caused by substance abuse – alcohol, drugs or cigarette smoking.
Hypnosis provides the means to access our subconscious mind so that we can learn new ways of thinking and develop more positive perspectives.
The actual nature and length of treatment will of course depend on you and your circumstances, but the majority of clients experience a significant improvement and are ready to cease therapy after only three months.
It works, doesn’t it !
It is said that Hypnotherapy has a dramatically lower rate of relapse than with anti-depressants alone and is now considered the most effective treatement, even in severe cases, enabling the client to focus on solving problems and engage fully in life again.