Hypnotherapy for the Treatment of Depression in Singapore - Examples of depression

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Some examples of depression types are:

Major Depression (major depressive disorder)

Peripartum (Postpartum) Depression

Persistent Depressive Disorder (present for 2 years or more)

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

Bipolar Disorder (formerly manic depressive disorder)

Situational' Depression

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Atypical Depression

Psychotic Depression

Cyclothymia (similar to but not as severe as bipolar/major depression

Hopefully, the above information explains why you just cannot treat someone who says, "I have depression," as if it were just one uniform condition? Equally, it is important to gather as much of their life history as is practicably possible or available. Available you say? Yes, it is not uncommon for people to have blanks in their history. Some causes for this are unknown and some parts of their life may have been suppressed (consciously) or repressed (subconsciously). The latter is a form of mental protection, wherein the brain withholds or hides memories that are deemed harmful. It does this by burying them deep in our unconscious, a form of deceitful neurological ablation! Seemingly gone but not actually and when they do eventually surface, the intent is survival, the outcome, well . . . ?

While I've had a lot of success treating clients with many types of depression, one must not overlook the seriousness of this condition! It is an inescapable fact that depression is a serious mental health condition and it is becoming more prevalent with each passing generation. Which should, in and of itself, be telling us something of concern about our society or the world we now live in? How safe do we feel, with the everyday bombardment of negative news we are fed; how safe is your world?

Generally speaking, the civilised world is in quite a good condition, a condition that has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. Humans, unfortunately, have a predilection to make things better but in doing so, they often overlook the value of time. It takes an awfully long time to make societal improvements but very little time to make them worse! The bigger problem, I feel, is that those that are doing the "fixing" are often the very last people we would choose to do so! Now, remember, I did say generally speaking. One could argue until the cows come home about climate change but that's not a world problem, that's an "us" problem! One could argue about the inequality of society, that is also an "us" problem! And many of our everyday issues are a consequence of the "I want it now" culture that has evolved with the rise of technology. The aim of my therapy service is to help each client separate the chaff from the wheat, a variant of Pareto 20/80 principles for life! You may be thinking, what has all this got to do with depression? The informed answer is, a lot!

For this reason, therapists need to be better informed about, the nature, probable causes and progression of this serious condition. They also need to know how, and why, any of it relates to their client, before making any generalised statements on how it can be treated. Each depression is a combination of many factors, some of which are unique to the client themselves and the particular way their life evolved from birth. So, in an effort to help clients overcome this condition, I have been studying the human brain for many years now. The brain as a functional whole actually consists of many parts. E.g. two hemispheres (cerebrum), 4 lobes per hemisphere, plus the cerebellum and brainstem (hindbrain), nestled between the cerebrum and the hindbrain is the diencephalon and midbrain!. There are also cortical areas (the crinkly outer layer), as well as subcortical areas, many of which are a part of the emotional systems. These emotional systems, are directly linked to anxiety, stress and depressive experiences. However, they also extend to the higher cortical regions, e.g. frontal, parietal, occipital lobes and many subcortical regions. This adds layers of complexity to the ways in which our cognitive and emotional brain's act and interact. Depressions is somewhat a byproduct of these inter and intra-reactions. Kordinian Brodmann, Identified some 52 (Broddman) areas, most of which have many divisions. Essentially, the brain is not a single item as such, it is a series of interconnected brain areas, which are related, interrelated and intrarelated.

In a general sense, depression can be usefully put into two categories, with each subdivided into degrees of intensity, e.g. 1 (mild) 10 (severe). While it is true that both types involve some form of imbalance or dysregulation of certain brain regions, they do so for different reasons or causes. The first type is the type that occurs as a result of a major life event. For example, the loss of a loved one, a relationship break-up, losing your home, maybe through debt or being retrenched etc. The second type, more typically, involves an event that disrupts the normal workings of the brain. While it's possible both types can occur at the same time, which may generally make the condition difficult to treat, it is still treatable, so there's always hope!