When we are depressed, we may feel that nothing can help. But this is untrue. Deciding to do something to help yourself is the first step of an important decision to take stock of your life and make changes in your way of relating to yourself and to your lifestyle.
Depression shows itself in many different ways. People don't always realise what's happening because their problems appear to be physical, not mental. Some symptoms of depression are as follows:
- being restless and agitated
- waking up early, having difficulty sleeping, or sleeping more
- feeling tired and lacking energy; doing less and less
- crying a lot
- physical aches and pains with no physical cause
- feeling low-spirited for much of the time, every day
- getting no pleasure out of life or what you usually enjoy
- finding it hard to concentrate or make decisions
- blaming yourself and feeling unnecessarily guilty about things
- being preoccupied with negative thoughts
- distancing yourself from others; not asking for support
- taking a bleak, pessimistic view of the future
- experiencing a sense of unreality
- thinking about suicide.
I work by beginning to help people to break down their problems into manageable portions and provide strategies for coping with them. The initial stage of working with depression involves me listening carefully to what has been happening in a person's life and then designing hypnotherapy interventions that address the specific issues for that person. As well as being a hypnotherapist I am also trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which is a leading treatment that helps to identify and change negative thoughts and feelings affecting behaviour. This form of treatment focuses on the here-and-now and emphasises that people have far more control over how they think and feel than they realise. I am based in Bristol and cover the surrounding areas.