As with anxiety, depression is another ‘opt out’ behaviour chosen by the primitive subconscious mind when life has become too challenging, whether that be at work or at home or in our relationships. Depression can be the result of a specific negative situation, or it can be the result of a number of challenges building and combining to make the individual feel overwhelmed.
Are any of these symptoms familiar to you at the moment :-
- Low mood on most days
- Feeling empty, sad or tearful
- Loss of confidence
- Loss of interest in normal daily activities
- Loss of motivation for the things you used to enjoy
- Has your sleep become disturbed, or do you find yourself wanting to sleep all the time
- Fatigue, loss of energy
- Feeling less sociable
- Lack of concentration, indecisiveness
- Having the feeling of “what’s the point”
All these symptoms, in varying degrees, point to a level of depression. And depression is your subconscious mind’s way of getting you to retreat from the world, essentially to hibernate. Unlike anxiety where you produce fight or flight chemicals to make you ‘run away’ from the problem, when your subconscious chooses depression it stops making those other wonderful ‘feel good’ chemicals, known as endorphins, that give you feelings of self worth, motivation and a sense of purpose in life. Leaving you flat and exhausted.
Hypnotherapy, with it’s solution focused approach can be extremely helpful in treating depression. I will initally discuss with you the circumstances surrounding your low mood, and then help you come to an understand of why the depression came about in the first place. There will be no need to dwell on the negative aspects of the situation because Solution Focused Therapy is all about looking forward to what you WANT for your life.
Treatment begins with learning relaxation techniques within hypnosis to reduce any anxiety, which often accompanies depression. Once anxiety is reduced the focus of the treatment moves to establishing areas of life where change is needed, enabling you to make choices about how you want your life to be. Reprogramming and reframing techniques are then used, alongside such strategies as mindfulness and acceptance, to allow you to live life in the moment whilst looking to the future with renewed optimism. Getting back to all the things you used to enjoy.