Depression is like a virus. When you are first infected, you barely notice that there is a problem but then the unhappiness begins to spread. Soon enough, the darkness starts to infect to your relationships, work, social life, motivation and to your perceptions.
It may be a while before you begin to notice your own symptoms. Of course, everyone is different but you may start to feel the following:
A severe lack of energy and motivation
Endless fatigue and tiredness
Significant weight loss or perhaps weight gain
Feeling guilty, hopeless
Feeling as though nothing will get better
Feeling as though you may as well not be here
Carrying the burden of depression can be exhausting and this is why so many people who feel depressed often begin to act as though they are physically ill.
You may not be able to get out of bed and you may not have enough energy to go out with your friends. You may be so unwell that you find yourself off of work and unable to maintain the energy to complete tasks with an acceptable level of concentration.
Instead of aiding our own recovery, most of us tend to make it worse.
Let's suppose that you had a broken leg or a bug that caused you to be unwell. The likelihood is that you would rest up, keep yourself hydrated, eat well and let your body mend itself. This seems perfectly logical.
The problem is that when the mind needs to recover many of us actually take steps to make our symptoms of depression a whole lot worse.
Dark thoughts come in and instead of treating them for what they are, thoughts, you might start to believe them:
Thoughts such as:
'' How come I can't pull myself together? I'm just acting like a complete psycho,"
" I don't actually know how my partner puts up with me, I don't bring anything to this relationship anymore."
" I have to go out but there is no point, I don't have anything interesting to talk about and i'll probably get on everyone's nerves."
"If I was x,y or z, i'd be able to deal with this."
On top of that you may start to become very submissive and instead of putting your own needs first, you may just start to agree with everyone else and put their needs ahead of yours because you believe that you have no importance.
You end up feeling crushed under the weight of the depression and exhausted by your efforts to hide the way that you feel and carry on.
How can Hypnotherapy help?
Hypnotherapy can help you to accept where you are. Depression is horrible but often you tend to suffer more when you tell yourself that you shouldn't be feeling the way that you do or that you just need to go back to the person that you were before. Accepting where you are can actually alleviate a lot of the pressure and put you on the road to recovery.
It can help you to bin the feelings of helplessness.
At the minute, you may be feeling helpless, worthless and unworthy. But, I have to say that all of the clients who I have seen with depression are the exact opposite. In fact, many of them get further into a depressed state because they are determined, intelligent individuals with a lot going for them.
It is the same part of your mind that propel you forward and keep you motivated to do well in life that end up working against you when you feel awful about yourself.
Hypnotherapy can help you to hush the awful thoughts, calm the bad feelings and reconnect with the 'you' that is hiding underneath.
It can help you unravel the deep rooted causes and help you to move on
Many people with depression do not often know the cause of it or why it is happening. When we feel physical pain we sometimes don't feel it at the original site of the injury. You may be having relationship or work difficulties and you may think that these are the issues that you need to get rid of.
Hypnotherapy can help you to get to the root causes of your depression and to change the way that you feel or relate to others as you start to feel better. You may then find that the arguments at home or the pressure at work starts to ease.
If you change the way that you think, feel and behave, you will quickly find that other aspects of your life change for the better too. Including your relationships with others.
I hope that this post has helped, if you need more information or help, then please feel free to call me on 07525051263. I'll look forward to helping you move past depression and into a better future.