Depression – Hypnotherapy in Salisbury, Christchurch and New Forest
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It is not unusual to feel ‘depressed’ at some point in your life. We can all have days where we feel low or a bit down. Provided you pull back out of these lows or they don’t continue for any length of time, that’s okay. This is not the same as having a depressive disorder. If however, the depressive condition continues and starts affecting your life in various ways, maybe it’s time to seek help. It differs in severity from person to person and from time to time.
A psychological disorder that affects a person’s mood changes, physical functions and social interactions resulting in severe despondency and dejection, accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.
If you suspect you may be suffering from depression, it is important to see your doctor.
The therapy I offer is complementary to any treatment or advice recommended by your GP.
Depression can take on many forms including:
Dysthymic (Persistent Depressive) Disorder
Bipolar Disorder (or Manic Depression)
Postnatal (Peri/Postpartum) Depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
What causes depression? Research shows that depression may occur due to a combination of psychological, biological and hormonal factors. In addition, traumatic events such as divorce or loss of a loved one can cause the onset of depression. The psychological factors include thought patterns, personality type, particularly those who may be predisposed to negativity and those lacking in confidence and self-esteem. Biological influences such as levels of serotonin within the brain can affect thoughts and behaviour, as can levels of hormone fluctuations, particularly cortisol.
Depression manifests itself in various ways. There may be a loss of interest or enthusiasm in things that were once pleasurable, a change in appetite, fatigue, lack of concentration, difficulty sleeping, anxiety and irritability, feelings of negativity, sadness, restlessness, emptiness and suicidal thoughts. In addition, there can be physical symptoms such as an increase in headaches, digestive problems, aches and pains and a lack of energy.
It is only in recent years that hypnotherapy is becoming more widely recognized and accepted as a highly effective way of helping those with depression. Research is indicating that hypnotherapy, together with other psychotherapy techniques can have a profound effect on changing thought patterns, feelings and behaviours of those with this psychological disorder.
Endogenous (‘from within’) depression is that which results from internal causes, such as genetics. Exogenous (‘from without’) depression is caused by external influences such as a stressful situation or a traumatic event. In the past, it was thought that this differentiation was important in terms of how to medically treat it, however, more recent research indicates, this isn’t necessary and both can be treated in the same way. For exogenous depression, hypnotherapy can be useful in dealing with the underlying causes.
If you are feeling depressed or even just low and would like some help, please give me a call. The majority of my clients come to see me with depression and anxieties. I can assist you in many ways using a combination of therapies and techniques, determining the root cause, altering your thinking patterns, feelings and behaviours and focusing on the the strengths and resources you already have but which may have been hiding away!
1 The Banks, Grimstead Road, Whaddon, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 3EE.
M-F: 9.00am – 5.30pm. Some weekend and evening appointments available.