What Is Depression?
Depression (sometimes known as clinical depression) is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Most of us have times when we are feeling down, but depression is a feeling of intense sadness, including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless, that lasts for more than a few days.
Depression can happen to anyone at any time. In fact according to Mind, the mental health charity, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year, and 1 in 6 people report experiencing a mental health problem in any given week. Even many successful and famous people who seem to have everything going for them battle with this problem.
How Do You Know If You Have Depression?
Depression can affect people in different ways, and below are the most common symptoms. If you experience just one or two of these symptoms in isolation, it is unlikely to mean you have depression. However, if you experience a number of these symptoms for a prolonged period (more than a couple of weeks) then you may be suffering from depression.
- A depressed mood during most of the day, especially in the morning
- Feeling tired or having a lack of energy almost every day.
- Feeling worthless or guilty almost every day.
- Having a hard time focusing, remembering details, and making decisions.
- Being unable to sleep or sleeping too much almost every day.
- Having almost no interest or pleasure in many activities nearly every day.
- Often thinking about death or suicide (not just a fear of death).
- Feeling restless or slowed down.
- Losing or gaining weight.
If you think you might be clinically depressed you should always contact your GP in the first instance.
How I Can Help You Overcome Depression
Using hypnotherapy I am able to talk directly to your subconscious mind, which is responsible for your negative thoughts. By talking to your subconscious mind I can help it resolve any issues that may be lingering, such as past trauma or loss of a loved one. I can also help improve your confidence and self-esteem, help you learn to relax sleep and re-frame how you view yourself and the world around you.