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Depression

Sessions on average: 8 - 12

 

The symptoms of depression can be complex and vary between people.  The symptoms persist for weeks or months and are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.

There are many other symptoms of depression and you're unlikely to have all of those listed on this page.

 

Levels of severity

Depression can come on gradually, so it can be difficult to notice something is wrong. People try to cope with their symptoms without realising they're unwell, sometimes a friend/family member may notice first.  Doctors describe depression by how serious it is:

  • mild depression – has some impact on your daily life

  • moderate depression – significant impact on your daily life

  • severe depression – almost impossible to get through daily life; people with severe depression may have psychotic symptoms.

Grief and depression

It can be difficult to distinguish between grief and depression. They share many characteristics, but there are important differences. Grief is an entirely natural response to a loss, while depression is an illness.  People who are grieving find feelings of sadness & loss come & go, but they're still able to enjoy things & look forward.  People who are depressed constantly feel sad & can't look ahead.

Other types of depression

There are different types of depression, and some conditions where depression may be one of the symptoms. These include:

  • postnatal depression – new parents develop depression after they have a baby; it's treated in a similarly to other types of depression.

  • bipolar disorder – known as "manic depression", with spells of depression & excessively high mood (mania); depression symptoms are similar to clinical depression, mania can include harmful behaviour, i.e., gambling, spending sprees, unsafe sex

  • seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – or "winter depression", SAD depression has a seasonal pattern usually related to winter

With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy at The Willows Hypnotherapy I can provide support to manage & alleviate the symptoms of depression.

By using a combination of psychotherapy techniques and trance I can facilitate the process of recovery and by explaining how the brain works, why & how the symptoms of depression are created and what we can do about it my client's are active & engaged in all the sessions.  This process allows the client to think more clearly, rationally.

If you wish to book an initial consultation at a time to suit you and receive answers to any questions you may have, click on the link above.  Alternatively fill out the Enquiry Form and I can give you a call back to discuss this in more detail

The Symptoms of Depression

Physical 

  • speaking or moving more slowly

  • changes in appetite or weight

  • unexplained aches & pains

  • disturbed sleep (hard to fall asleep or waking up early in the morning)

  • changes to menstrual cycle

  • low sex drive (libido)

  • lack of energy

  • constipation

​Mental

  • continuous low mood or sadness

  • suicidal thoughts or self harming

  • no motivation or interest in things

  • finding it hard to make decisions

  • feeling anxious/worried/irritable

  • feeling tearful

  • low self-esteem

  • feeling guilt-ridden

  • being unable to relax

  • obsessive thoughts

Changes in Behaviour​

  • having difficulties in your home, work or family life.

  • avoiding contact with friends and family

  • taking part in fewer social activities

  • neglecting your hobbies interests

  • difficulty looking after yourself

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