What is depression?

Depression is a disorder that involves the body, mood and thoughts, and can affect the way you feel about yourself, the way you eat and sleep, and the way you think about things. It is quite normal for most people to feel a little down or pessimistic from time to time. However depression is more than just a passing mood, so consider how frequently it happens, how severe is it when it happens, and how long it last each time. It is important to realise that depression is not a sign of weakness and that it is not easy for the depressed person to just 'pull themselves together' and get better by themselves. Without any form of treatment the symptoms can often go on for months or years.

Symptoms of depression

sadDepression may affect both the mind and body, so symptoms fall into three main categories, physical, behavioural and emotional.

This list in the right hand column is not complete, and most people with depression will not experience all of these symptoms. The symptoms, or intensity of the symptoms may also vary over time.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are suffering from any of the listed symptoms then get them checked out by a doctor right away. It is important for you to discuss your symptoms with your doctor to obtain a professional diagnosis. Do not self diagnose.

How is it treated?

Anti-depressant medication, on a doctor's prescription, can be very helpful in addressing the imbalances in brain chemistry which occur in the depressed state. However, it is my experience, both as a pharmacist and a former sufferer of depression, that medication is not necessarily a permanent solution to the problem. The problem lies in the way we think; and the way we think is what causes that chemical imbalance in the first place, so to change the way we feel, we must change the way we think. Of course, when you are depressed, that's much easier said than done! that's where therapy can help.

Therapy is designed to target the seven basic thought patterns associated with depression and to shift from thinking about the past toward looking forward to the future. The aims are:

  • Silencing the "rumination" process and allowing sleep to happen naturally
  • Breaking the pattern of hopelessness and negative expectation
  • Breaking the pattern of feeling stuck, helpless, and hopeless
  • Teaching a clear sense of personal boundaries and how to maintain them
  • Transforming guilt into liberation
  • Preventing life's stressors from controlling the ability to cope
  • Choosing empowerment and foresight

More information:

You can read about these patterns in much more detail on my blog, by following this link to my seven article series on depression and its treatment.

cdOn average, treatment will take about seven sessions, and the hypnotic part of most of these sessions is recorded as an MP3 or CD for the client to use at home after the sessions. This gives the client a library of recordings and is particularly helpful in reinforcing the suggestion work. Occasionally, some regression work is also needed, to address the causes of any persistent anxiety originating in childhood, but this work is only done once the symptoms of depression have been lifted.

To find out more, please avail of a free introductory consultation and discover how this treatment works. There is no need to suffer in silence. Take the first step by calling 021 487 6072.