We all feel low from time to time, however, if you find yourself experiencing a persistent feeling of sadness and/or loss of interest, it could be depression.

Depression is a serious illness. Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression and it’s a leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. *Source WHO

In the UK, approximately 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health problem at any one time.

Depression can be categorised as mild, moderate or severe.

Mild Depression – difficulty in continuing with ordinary work and social activities but will probably not cease to function completely.

Severe Depression – it is unlikely that the sufferer will be able to continue with social, work or domestic activities, except to a limited extent.

The symptoms of depression include:

  • feeling unhappy
  • low self-esteem
  • feeling hopeless
  • constantly tired
  • poor sleep
  • tearful
  • lack of appetite
  • low sex drive
  • suicidal thoughts

There are also different forms of depression:

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – when depression affects you at certain times of the year.

Dysthymia – when you have mild depression continuously for over two years. This is also known as chronic depression or persistent depressive disorder.

Bipolar disorder – when you experience extreme lows and extreme

Prenatal and postnatal depression – when depression happens during pregnancy or after having the baby – this can affect both the mother and father

Depression can be caused by many things but is often the result of some form of loss. Some of the most common is losing a loved one through death, break ups, job losses and financial hardships.

It can often happen as a result of a gradual build-up of stress and our inability to deal with these stresses.

The good news is that depression is one of the most treatable disorders. Using solution-focused hypnotherapy, I can help you move past the depressive feelings by reducing the accumulation of stresses in your mind to bring some clarity and calmness to your life.

Depression often has a cause – when we find and treat the cause, the depression will lift.