Professional Hypnotherapy and NLP - Depression


Depression typically shows up in men not as feeling hopeless and helpless, but as being irritable, angry, and discouraged; hence, depression may be difficult to recognize as such in men.  Depression is a serious medical illness; it’s not something that you have made up in your head.  Depression can run in families, and usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30.  Depression is a medical disorder with a biological and chemical basis.  Depression is much more than grieving or a bout of the blues.  Depression is a dangerous and debilitating disease, which, unless effectively treated, can cause considerable suffering and even tragic loss of lives.  Depression is usually characterized by any number of the following symptoms: feelings of sadness or hopelessness; pessimism; low activity levels; motivational difficulties; problems in relating to others, such as dissatisfaction in relationships, social anxiety, or loneliness; guilt; feeling overwhelmed or out of control; physical problems such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, appetite irregularities, and other physical complaints. 

Treatment of depression varies broadly among individuals and the levels, types, and methods of intervention around the globe varies dramatically.  Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years.  Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.  The first step to getting appropriate treatment for depression is a physical examination by a physician. 

Efficacy studies show that late-life depression can be treated with psychotherapy.  In psychotherapy, or counseling, one receives assistance in understanding and resolving habits or problems that may be contributing to or the cause of the depression.  Effective psychotherapy may result in different habitual thinking and action which leads to a lower relapse rate than antidepressant drugs alone.  Cognitive therapy, often combined with behavioral therapy, focuses on how people think about themselves and their relationships.  Narrative therapy gives attention to each person's "dominant story" by means of therapeutic conversations, which also may involve exploring unhelpful ideas and how they came to prominence.  This type of therapy attempts to teach people more healthful types of behaviors. 

Whether inherited or not, major depressive disorder is often associated with changes in brain structures or brain function.  Certain illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, mononucleosis, hypothyroidism, and organic brain damage caused by degenerative conditions such as Parkinson disease, Multiple Sclerosis or by traumatic blunt force injury may contribute to depression, as may certain prescription drugs such as hormonal contraception methods and steroids.  It is thought that one cause of depression is an inadequate amount of serotonin, a chemical used in the brain to transmit signals between neurons.  Exercise produces higher levels of chemicals in the brain, notably dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.  Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain.  Major depressive illness is usually linked to some form of chemical imbalance in the brain. 

Depression has been the subject of much writing, as the country has sought to reevaluate an era that dumped financial as well as emotional catastrophe on its people.  Depression, like other medical conditions, has a chemical and biological basis.  Depression is a common mental disorder that presents with depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.  Depression can strike anyone regardless of age, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, or gender.