How to help someone with depression

help with depression

Looking for help in overcoming depression in Singapore?

Then hypnotherapy could just be the answer?

Life is mostly a consequence of experience and ultimately, it is judged by how it feels. For those with depression, it not only feels bad, but there is often no prospect of hope in the visible future either? Without hope, life seems to lose its appeal but take heart, for there is hope! Having worked in Singapore, as a specialist in helping people who have depression, for over 12 years now, I brought with me all the training and experience I learned in the UK. Before coming here, I attained a specialist Certificate in Anxiety Management at the prestigious UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts, run by Shaun Brookhouse and Fiona Biddle (legends in the field). That is important because anyone who has depression will also have a lot of anxiety and stress in their life, they go together like coffee and cream!

There is no one solution to depression, some work on the future, thus avoiding the past and others work solely on the past. I have found that one's past is intrinsically linked to their future and if the past, is in any way complicit in the creation of the depression, then it will more likely have a part to play in the creation of the solution. As a former sufferer of depression, I have had the experience and know what it feels like at your end! So, the combination of being in both seats gives me a unique perspective and that experience makes me your obvious choice! And to make that choice even easier, I provide a free 1-hour consultation, where you get to meet me, discuss your issue and try hypnosis.

Overcoming depression can be very challenging and you may have tried many times to do so. But . . . have you tried using hypnotherapy or psychotherapy? As a treatment method, a combination of both (Hypno-psychotherapeutic intervention), is often very effective in the delivery of positive results, which can often occur quite quickly too (as in, a few weeks). However, that does rather depend on a few things, for example, the duration, severity and type of depression you have. That is why I provide a Free Consultation, during which we can discuss your particular case, its history, development and then, with your consent, you can experience hypnosis. From there, you will likely have a better feel for whether hypnotherapy is right for you?

Thom Bush, is a UK trained clinical Hypno-psychotherapist as well as being a US (National Guild of Hypnotists), certified hypnotist. He is also a specialist in treating depression, anxiety and stress be it in Singapore or anywhere else come to that!

It may help by giving you a little more information about hypnotherapy and how it can help in treating depression. While many people can experience hypnosis, we all experience it differently and that is the main purposes of my free consultation so that you can properly evaluate your experience. One of the challenges for people with depression, however, is that their life is already on a low ebb, things that should be relatively easy, pleasant or enjoyable, just aren’t, life just doesn’t feel good. That is why I go to great lengths to explain what is happening in your brain, this actually helps to depersonalise the condition, which can be helpful as many people think it is "them" per se. Essentially I separate the person from the condition and by focusing on the person, we can bring about, through hypnosis, the changes necessary to reestablish normal functioning.

By the same token, I don’t want to make this sound simple or trivialise the condition because, when you get right down to it, depression is a real-life changer and it's very often really difficult for others to live with too, but it is not necessarily difficult to treat!

Above all other questions, the one most on your mind, is likely to be, "can hypnotherapy help me?’" The answer is yes and I have dedicated much of my therapeutic life towards helping clients live a better life; a life free of depression! In fact, my treatment for depression has success rates of around 80 to 90%. If you are on medication and see all treatment regimes as either, this or that. It may surprise you to know that a combined approach, using medication and hypnotherapy, has, historically, been very effective. The medication can keep you stabilised while the therapeutic intervention takes its magical effect! Although I am not implying the hypnosis is magic, merely, that is the way many clients have expressed their thoughts about the treatment's success!

As I indicated at the beginning, the causes of depression are many and varied, for example, it can be genetic, environmental, biological and/or psychological. Read more about the causes of depression here. The above factors somehow affect parts of our brain's architecture and cause them to be in either a hyper state of synaptic transmission (long term potentiation) or hypo-active state (long term depression (not relative to the depression itself)). Essentially it is the existence of an imbalance in our brain's chemical make up (neurotransmission) that is believed to be a cause of much depression! Treatment can be psychological or by medication or both (one doesn't preclude the other). 

Also, depression very often co-exists with other disorders, e.g. anxiety or stress disorders; or can even be confused with physical disorders, such as hypothyroidism. Major illness can be a cause or precursor of depression and vice versa. These factors can often slow down or impair recovery rates. Other factors like the loss of your job, home or fortune, or maybe the loss a loved one, be it through death or the break up of a loving relationship can also lead to depression. Under these circumstances, it is quite normal to feel sad, blue or depressed. It is when the depression goes on for a long time that we need to become concerned. Very often the person with depression does not realise they are suffering or even if they do, they may not seek help. That is why loved ones or friends can play an important role in getting someone with depression into treatment.

So it is always wise to be mindful, as a person, a relative or a friend. Making time to visit your GP, for yourself or someone you care for, to discuss the matter in-depth and onward to that, to get a proper diagnosis! 

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So, if you or someone you know are suffering from depression, why not take that first important step toward recovery and healing; Book an Appointment here


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