Everyone feels down at some point but depression is different from feeling down. Depression is often defined as being “down” for a prolonged period of time, for more than two weeks and when symptoms begin to interfere with your life. These symptoms of depression vary for different people. People with depression almost always report being down and also having a lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed. Other symptoms include: feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, fatigue, feeling constantly pessimistic, feeling constantly sad, anxious or empty and changes in sleep patterns, aches and pains, loss of appetite, not performing well at work or school, avoiding contact with friends and having problems in your family and home life.
Depression can make you feel lonely and helpless. J.K. Rowling in ‘Harry Potter’ describes it as ‘all the joy, warmth, and happiness feels like it’s being sucked out of the air’. Often people suffering from depression for a long time are left with only the worst experiences of their lives. They seem to freeze on the inside. They are prisoners in their own minds.
Often people cannot even remember ever having been well, they think they have always been this way. They struggle to find enjoyment in things they used to do. There is often not enough energy left to do basic chores.
Depression is difficult, soul-destroying even. It’s an illness affecting the mind. No one wants to become a prisoner of their mind. It can be helped because we are meant to have joyful lives filled with love for everything including ourselves.
The aim of hypnotherapy is to target the root cause of the issue and that way release the problems. Often people depress or forget the cause of depression because of the association with negative feelings. It’s very common to forget an event on a conscious level, but it is impossible to do on a subconscious level. It is always best to get to the root cause and confront the issue, rather than forgetting about it, which can worsen the depression.
Good therapy works with the subconscious mind and that’s exactly what a good hypnotherapist does.