Every week, 1 in 6 people in England report a mental health issue, such as depression or anxiety. Mixed depression and anxiety is estimated to cause one fifth of lost work days in Britain. As a hypnotherapist, I often see clients with one issue but it soon becomes clear this is a symptom of something else. Very often, this is depression and anxiety.

Reports suggest that in the UK only around 1 in 8 adults with a mental health problem are currently receiving treatment, with medication being most common*. Everyone with depression will experience it in a different way. There is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment.

What is depression?

Depression involves the body, mood and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away. People with depression cannot merely ‘pull themselves together’ and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people with depression*.

Signs and symptoms of depression

The signs and symptoms of depression include loss of interest in activities that were once interesting or enjoyable, including sex; loss of appetite, with weight loss, or overeating, with weight gain; loss of emotional expression (flat affect); a persistently sad, anxious, or empty mood; feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness; social withdrawal; unusual fatigue, low energy level, a feeling of being slowed down; sleep disturbance and insomnia, early-morning awakening or oversleeping; trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions; unusual restlessness or irritability; persistent physical problems such as headaches, digestive disorders, or chronic pain that do not respond to treatment, and thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts. Generally, to receive a medical diagnosis of depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks*.

Hypnosis and depression

Hypnosis can help in many ways. It can help a client to reduce and/or gain better control over their feelings, change negative behaviours and self-talk, and install more positive self-talk and affirmations. Hypnosis can help a client to regain control and feel more joy. It can help re-train the brain for a more positive life.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/; and https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-depression; and https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2947

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