Depression will effect 10% of the population in their life time. This is a very complex and unique illness that affects each person on an individual scale. For these reasons diagnosis varies and can have a variety of symptoms such as:

Psychological symptoms

  • Feelings of worthlessness.
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
  • Feeling constantly anxious, tearful and worried.
  • Poor concentration and indecisiveness.
  • Irritability and intolerance of others.
  • Not getting enough enjoyment out of life.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Excessive and inappropriate guilt.
  • Having no motivation or interest in things.
  • Feeling like life is a 'black hole'.

Physical symptoms

  • Changes in sleeping patterns - broken nights or oversleeping.
  • Changes in eating patterns - loss of appetite or overeating.
  • Tiredness and loss of energy.
  • Persistent headaches and/or stomach upsets.
  • Chronic pain.
  • Moving or speaking slower than usual.
  • Loss of libido.
  • Changes to the menstrual cycle.

Social symptoms

  • Neglecting hobbies and interests.
  • Increased isolation from friends and family.
  • Taking part in fewer social activities.
  • Productivity falling at work.

Types of depression

Mild depression - When symptoms of depression have only a limited impact on a daily life such as low mood and spirit, difficultly motivating yourself to do things you normally enjoy.

Major (clinical) depression - A far more severe form of depression that can lead to hospital treatment. Symptoms will be more prominent and affecting your eating habits, sleeping, and other day-to-day activities. Some sufferers may feel suicidal.

Bipolar disorder - A form of manic depression characterised by extreme highs and lows.

Postnatal depression - A depression that can develop after childbirth.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - A form of depression that is affected by the loss of day light.

What can therapy do to help?

Hypnotherapy is a great way to promote inner calm and allow you to regain emotional connection to more positive feelings.

Counselling helps by exploring the reasons behind your depression and can help negotiate negative thinking patterns allowing you to form more balanced thinking to help you break free of your depression.

How many sessions will I need?

For depression, as it is such a personal condition, I would always recommend a minimum of six sessions with a review after that time to see if further sessions would be appropriate.

Depression sessions will involve:

  • Examining your causes and triggers of your depression.
  • Developing coping strategies to cope with your depression.
  • Anxiety reducing exercises.
  • Looking at errors in thinking and how to remove them.
  • Tasks to do at home to practise and reinforce techniques to help you manage your depression.
  • A variety of treatments to best suit your needs.

Please note that all thearputic journeys are unique, therefore, results may not be typical for all users.

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