The symptoms of Depression
Hypnotherapy - A Solution For Depression
When people talk about depression, it's almost always with a negative tone and while it may feel anything but normal, it is the way people feel. In a bizarre sense, depression is a defensive condition. The world is a dangerous place and you'd better be prepared for what it throws at you!
The primary objective of the anxiety caused by depression is to keep us safe and away from harm, whatever the cost. The problem though is that it's a consequence of either a maladaptive chemical malaise in the brain or of some pretty awful life experiences. These experiences can be grounded in reality or fantasy and with respect to how that makes you feel, it pretty well doesn't matter which it is. Because of the complexity of living in a global community, depression is on the rise and, perhaps, for differing reasons than in the past, here are some suggestions as to why:
1. Life is changing too fast, mostly as a consequence of the IT revolution
2. Life and living are too dammed expensive and that piles heaps of pressure on us, a pressure that our parents and grandparents never had. Mind you, they had plenty to deal with, World Wars, civil insurrection, strikes etc.
3. This one I say tongue in cheek. Today we have too much awareness of everything and this leads to an overuse of rhetoric!
Essentially people refer to being stressed, yet rarely understand what stress is. They claim to be phobic or OCD, without fully appreciating how serious those conditions are. Consequently, to a certain degree, we talk ourselves into states that actually begin to manifest, aka psychosomatic illness.
So, if you want to evaluate your life perspective and get some clarity, why not make an appointment for Free Consultation?
Are you suffering from depression?
Then it may be helpful to have a better understanding of the symptoms. Depression can affect people in many different ways as well as, being a factor of their age, gender, personality or character traits and, of course, their ethnicity or cultural background. Some people may find it difficult to speak about or express the feelings of being depressed and, so, may focus more on the physical symptoms instead.
- feeling sad, down or empty for most of the day, almost every day
- loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities, especially ones that used to give you much pleasure
- becoming withdrawn from friends or family and finding reasons or excuses to avoid them
- feelings of worthlessness or guilt, lacking confidence or low self-esteem
- (suicidal thoughts (a useful guide to understanding the risks)
- crying or maybe just tearing, getting choked up for no apparent reason.
- suicidal thoughts or maybe actions towards ending one's life
- unusually tired, low energy, fatigue or reduced activity
- insomnia or difficulty sleeping, sleeping during the day
- loss of appetite or losing weight quickly without reason
- sleeping longer or more frequently than usual or an increase in your appetite (atypical depression)
- finding it difficult to focus or maintain your concentration,
- difficulty in making decisions and/or remembering things (classic signs of chronic stress too)
- impaired body movements, maybe an increase in involuntary body movement slow thinking or speech
- feeling agitated or having difficulty sitting still, or perhaps finding yourself pacing up and down or hand-wringing
- low libido or lack of interest in your partner, a diminished sex drive erectile dysfunction etc.
- back pain or headaches, remember the Central nervous system includes not only your brain but your spinal column too
- feeling nauseous, generally sick or just plain run down
- digestive problems e.g. constipation, IBS, diarrhoea etc (also classic symptoms of chronic stress).
- feelings leading towards an attempted suicide
A major depressive disorder needs to be professionally diagnosed and also needs professional assistance, not because you are weak or inept but somewhat because depression is either caused by an impaired brain (e.g. lesions, viral, bacterial, injury etc.) or impairs normal brain function and, therefore, either way, your brain is not working in the way it normally could or should and that makes it very difficult for you to treat yourself effectively.
If you have felt down in the dumps, had the blues or felt sad for more than 2 weeks or you have experienced some, maybe most, of the symptoms in the topics above, then you are advised to visit a doctor, mental healthcare practitioner, or even myself for an assessment and from there, treatment.