We all feel low from time to time. Often this will quickly ease and we’ll go back to feeling like our usual selves, but for some people, this low mood persists and affects everyday life, which can lead to a medical diagnosis of Depression.
Contrary to popular belief, depression isn’t a synonym for feeling sad. And anyone who’s experience depression knows this all to well.
Depression is when you have a low mood for a long time, making it difficult for you to carry out your usual everyday activities. The condition can affect you in different ways and may be mild, severe or somewhere in-between. The level of severity will depend on how much depression is interfering with your life.
Depression is common. According to the Mental Health Foundation, it’s the predominant mental health problem worldwide, followed by anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
There are also different forms of depression. These include:
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – This is when depression affects you at certain times of the year.
- Dysthymia – This is when you have mild depression continuously for over two years and may also be called chronic depression or persistent depressive disorder.
- Bipolar disorder – This is when you experience extreme lows and extreme highs (known as manic episodes).
- Prenatal depression – This is when depression happens during pregnancy.
- Postnatal depression (PND) – This is when depression happens after having a baby. It usually affects the mother, but fathers can experience it too.
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Symptoms of Low Mood & Depression
There are a number of different symptoms and signs, and you may not have all of them, but it’s important to go to the doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms for most of the day, for over two weeks. The signs to be aware of are:
- a low mood, feeling sad and/or angry
- lacking in energy
- losing interest or enjoyment in activities you used to enjoy
- difficulty concentrating
- feeling tired more easily
- low self-confidence
- different sleeping habits (difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual)
- different eating habits (eating more or less than usual)
- feeling guilty or that you are worthless
- easily irritated or have a sense of being numb to everything.
- no/less interest in sex
- thoughts of self-harm ** Talking to someone about how you feel is the first step – PLEASE CONSULT A MEDICAL PROFESSION ASAP **
Causes of Low Mood & Depression
The causes will differ from person to person and often the reasons are complex with multiple factors at play. Some of the most common causes include:
- Childhood experiences
- Life events
- Mental or physical health problems
- Genetic risk factors
- Substance abuse
- Lifestyle choices
- Other causes such as some medication side-effects include depression and some physical health problems (such as hormone issues) can cause depression.
Always be sure to visit your doctor to get a diagnosis and to check for underlying causes.
Hypnotherapy for Low Mood and Depression
Many of our beliefs, emotions and memories reside in the subconscious and most of the time, the subconscious is helpful … But the subconscious can also hold a lot of unhelpful information. Negative filters can become deeply embedded in the subconscious, and these filters can then influence our daily thoughts and feelings. For instance, how we respond to stress is controlled almost entirely and automatically by the subconscious, so if a stressful event drives you to anxiousness, or anger, or frustration – that’s probably how your mind told you to feel.
The good news is we can train our subconscious mind to be more supportive, more helpful and a better friend. In terms of low mood & depression, we can reprogram it to better manage and release many of the underlying causes of depression, like drug addiction, stress and worry, or negative self-talk.
In a nutshell, hypnosis for low mood and depression helps us release many of the negative thinking patterns, bad habits, and suppressed memories that negatively limit the mind. Whilst also improving our coping abilities, helping us reconnect with past positive memories, and enhance the effectiveness for traditional depression treatments, like CBT.