We all experience ups and downs in our moods – that’s part of being human.
Depression gets a slightly odd PR. Most of us know people who have been severely debilitated by depression, yet we will still use the word ‘depressed’ as a casual description for feeling a bit fed up.
Sometimes our mood stays low for a long time, we can start to feel stuck and serious depression can soon follow.
Depression is really unpleasant. It can lead to poor sleep, loss or gain of weight, fatigue - sometime chronic - loss of sex drive, failure to menstruate, constipation, concentration difficulties, mood swings or prolonged emotional extremes. Some forms of depression are very serious.
If you have been feeling low for a while, or you are suffering from one of the keynote symptoms above you could be experiencing depression. Often a chat with your GP will help. Some of the medication available now can be really good at getting the body to chemically shift to a lighter place.
I often see clients after the first few weeks of medication – when they are looking for answers and a way out. I sometimes say that depression can mark the end of a phase - it can be part of the natural change process. It is important to feel you have some forward momentum and that you will not wind up back in a black hole again three weeks down the line.
Whether you choose to go the medicine route or you want to work through this with a practitioner, clinical hypnosis can be a really powerful intervention for depression.
How Hypnotherapy helps
One our primary aims is to refocus where you put your attention. In the same way that cameras have a filter – people have filters too. We all have filters on our perception of the world – we choose what we see.
Little by little we uncover the thoughts that create those filters. Hypnotherapy can help by gradually allowing the self talk and pictures we create internally to become more positive (or less negative). Hypnotherapy can help to process those stuck areas that may be causing the depression.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a powerful, safe and fast tool in the right hands.
Look at How Hypnotherapy Works for a jargon free explanation of this process.