Clinical depression is serious and your first contact needs to be your GP. Diagnosis can be categorized as mild, moderate, severe without psychotic episodes or severe with psychotic episodes. There are two significant categories of mood disorders; major depression (unipolar depression) and bipolar disorder.
Most of the general population experience low moods from time to time. A diagnosis of depression requires the presence of five symptoms usually every day for at least two weeks.
For people who have never experienced depression, it can be impossible to realise
just how bad it can feel. To the outsider, it could just appear that someone suffering
depression is either un-
Environmental factors, such as redundancy, separation and bereavement can cause depression
and there are biological factors too i.e. high levels of the adrenocortical hormone,
cortisol, can lower the density of serotonin receptors and impair the function of
noradrenergic receptors. However, the thing to bear in mind is that the one affects
the other i.e how you are feeling is affecting your neurochemistry and your neurochemistry
is affecting how you are feeling. Mild to moderate depression can often subside
after 3 -
Over the past two decades, depression has been effectively treated with SSRIs, selective
SSRIs can be extremely effective for alleviating the symptoms of depression, but the underlying causes are not addressed, unless a GP has prescribed a course of counselling or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in addition to the medication. When a course of tablets has ended, after a period of time, depression can recur unless you have developed the resources and awareness to manage it.
Exercise has proved to be an effective component in treatment for mild to moderate depression as exercise stimulates the release of helpful chemicals. However, taking exercise requires a level of motivation that a depressed person will not have.
Hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for depression. If you are considering hypnotherapy and suffer depression, it is important that you find a hypnotherapist who is familiar with depression and has the competence to work in this field. I have several years experience of voluntary listening and support work with people suffering depression. This has given me a breadth of understanding that, when combined with Clinical Hypnotherapy competence, gives me the confidence to work with clients in this area.
It can take longer than 6 sessions for symptoms of depression to be alleviated.
I will formulate a treatment plan once I have established the key features of your
depression. There are various psychological theories for why someone might develop
this condition. I would normally start by looking at your perceptions of yourself
and your life and how you feel this may have changed over time. Negative life events
affect people differently and you may have developed a 'set' way of thinking. I would
encourage you to develop techniques to control your thought processes. I would use
confidence building, guided imagery, metaphor, post-
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