Depression is perhaps the most common psychological disorder today – a significant factor in the break up of relationships, career problems and lack of motivation. Often, when it occurs, the individual will turn in on themselves and refuse to engage with others, pushing away friends and loved ones and have a general feeling of despair or inability to see how their situation can change for the better. Often it starts so gradually the individual doesn’t realise anything is wrong, but they will start to withdraw more and more from living. Severity can range from being almost totally dysfunctional to having some of the symptoms associated with the illness, such as:-
• depressed mood and sometimes fearfulness
• sleep disturbance
• loss of energy
• weight loss or weight gain
• loss of pleasure or interest in usual activities
• difficulty thinking, concentrating etc
• negative thinking or forecasting the future
Some of the symptoms can be treated specifically – insomnia, eating disorders and lack of concentration are examples. Often, depression is exacerbated or even caused by substance abuse – alcohol, drugs or cigarette smoking.
With hypnotherapy, depression is one of the most treatable disorders. It has a dramatically lower rate of relapse than with anti-depressants alone, and is considered an effective treatment, even in severe cases, enabling you to focus on solving problems and to fully engage in life again.