According to the Mental Health Foundation, “Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience 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 feel to the sufferer as if life has lost its colour, its meaning, and its joy. Rather than being a familiar but temporary state of despondency we can all experience from time-to-time in relation to life stressors or the natural cycles of our moods, depression is more enduring and pervasive, and typically resistant to attempts to just ‘snap out of it’.
"Rather than being a familiar but temporary state of despondency we can all experience from time-to-time in relation to life stressors or the natural cycles of our moods, depression is more enduring and pervasive and typically resistant to attempts to just ‘snap out of it’."
When you suffer from depression you feel a sense of futility and hopelessness, as if a thick fog of despair has slowly enveloped you and refuses to lift. You tend to lose interest in things that would have previously been a source of enthusiasm or excitement for you, and you may even start to fear the prospect of doing anything, from going to work or meeting friends, to engaging in hobbies and getting out and about. You may experience a loss of appetite and a decrease in your sex drive, or the opposite, compulsive eating and compulsive sex or masturbation, all of which stem from a need or yearning to feel something and 'fill the void'. Sufferers of depression report a significant drop in their self-esteem.
It’s common for sufferers of depression to constantly question and analyse themselves and their situation:
“Why do I feel like this?”
“What if I never feel any better?”
“What’s gone wrong with me?”
“Why does no-one else seem to feel as bad as I do?”
Such thoughts occur with such frequency that they fill your head with despair. Naturally most individuals seek medical help for their depression before seeking a psychological intervention. While perfectly understandable, it often means that sufferers of depression are placed on medications, most of which block the reuptake of serotonin in the brain. This means that there is more serotonin, a potent and natural happy hormone floating around in your brain. The problem being… it only last for as long as you take the meds!
Medication can be useful in certain circumstances and certainly has its place; sometimes people need something to stabilise them or give them a little ‘lift’ to get them off the ground! More often than not however medication simply postpones the issue; an issue which can be resolved effectively, and responds well to psychological treatment. Understandably many people are uncomfortable about the idea of being stuck on a regimen of tablets just to get through their day-to-day lives!
Allow me to reassure you that it’s entirely possible to be completely free of depression in a relatively short space of time. Whether you're looking for a hypnotherapist in Bristol, or you're wondering if CBT would help with you're depression, or you're unsure of what help you need, you are warmly invited to join me at The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic or online via Skype to discuss your situation with me in privacy and comfort.
In our therapy sessions we will gently explore the causes of your depression and help you safely out of it once and for all. Why not get in touch to arrange your FREE initial consultation so that we can start creating the change you’d like to see. A lovely lady came to see me after trying everything to get out of her depression. She kindly provided this testimonial of her experience:
It's hard to accurately describe just how valuable Seb's input into my life has been. I arrived at his door hoping for some kind of miracle, but assuming nothing would actually change. In fact, in just a few weeks I'm excited by life again and absolutely wouldn't have achieved that without Seb's help. His mixture of science fact, interesting insights, straight-talking and down-to-earth style was exactly right. After months of wading through self-help books and trying to cope alone he managed very quickly and easily to help me understand my predicament and provided the tools for fixing it.
Although I'm really happy to be moving on, I'll genuinely miss our sessions! I chose Seb after a random stab at Google and if you've got as far as his website I strongly suggest booking a consultation; it really will be the best thing you've done for yourself. I know all of these things sound trite, but he really is a fantastic therapist who exceeded all my expectations and demolished all my preconceived notions of how awful therapy would be!