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Depression


We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Some people still think that depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together".

Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. They range from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety. There can be physical symptoms too, such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive, and complaining of various aches and pains. The severity of the symptoms can vary. At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while at its most severe, depression can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living.

Sometimes there is a trigger for depression. Life-changing events, such as bereavement, losing your job or even having a baby, can bring it on. People with a family history of depression are also more likely to experience it themselves. But you can also become depressed for no obvious reason.


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for depression

CBT helps you understand your thoughts and behaviour and how they affect you. CBT recognises that events in your past may have shaped you, but it concentrates mostly on how you can change the way you think, feel and behave in the present. It teaches you how to overcome negative thoughts, for example, being able to challenge hopeless feelings.


Hypnotherapy for depression

The aim of hypnotherapy is to target the root cause of the issue and to develop better coping behaviours. People sometimes forget or suppress the cause of the depression because of the association with negative feelings.It's not difficult to forget an event on a conscious level, but it is on a subconscious level. This is why it's best to confront the issue head on, rather than burying it, which can worsen the depression.

Hypnotherapy can help you address your perception of the event that has caused you to become depressed, with the aim to improve your mood and self-esteem.

 

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