Get rid of depression
It is difficult to explain exactly what depression is.
How do you know when you have it?
How do you know when it is gone?
Do you feel it? Sense it?
Is it in your mind or can you feel it as a physical presence in your body?
When does it come?
How does it manifest itself?
Why do you get it and why does it sometimes come and go?
Many people struggle to articulate how it makes them feel in words. They normally tell you it feels like a big, black dog following them around or its a big, black cloud overshadowing them. All joy in life disappears and there is a stillness in the atmosphere, it's like sinking underwater where you can only hear muffled sounds and see fuzzy pictures. All around appears to be in slow motion. You feel tired and lethargic all the time but sleep either eludes you or is of poor quality. The dominant thoughts in your head are of negativity and despair. Any positive thoughts are quickly banished and thought of as futile. Your head is filled with self deprecating words such as 'useless' - 'hopeless'- 'worthless' - 'undeserving'. The word 'happiness' is never in your vocabulary.
So why do some people never suffer from a true episode of depression whereas others appear to have recurring episodes throughout their lives?
One client described it like this:
"I have had reoccurring episodes of depression throughout my life. It often slowly creeps up on me as more and more negative thoughts crowd my mind. I always assumed I either had it, or I didn't. However, I've realised that the depression is a constant lurker in the background, just waiting to manifest at any time, with little warning or sometimes apparent reason.
Since being treated with hypnosis and mindfulness I am more aware of the thought process that goes on in my mind and have been able to stop it in its tracks. I have come to realise that I actually visualise it in my head. It was always there but I just accepted it without thinking of it as a thought. If I feel myself getting down, in my head I see my foot slipping off a narrow ledge and actually experience a physical 'drop' - just like you get sometimes when you are nodding off to sleep but then jerk awake.
As I can now articulate that vision I am able to mentally pick myself up as I know it is a sign I could go under. It's made me realise that 'normality' for me is actually always fragile. I appear to be a person who does not experience joy naturally with an occasional dip into depression but rather, I am someone who's self being is of a depressive nature and I have to work extremely hard to stay balanced and upbeat to remain on that narrow ledge of well-being"
Sometimes the person gradually begins to feel better on their own but many eventually seek help in the form of prescription drugs to interrupt and alter how they feel. Others prefer to seek a more holistic approach and are treated with therapies such as mindfulness or hypnosis.
Medication works by altering the chemical imbalance in the brain, however this is often a slow process and there can be side effects which can leave the patient feeling more depressed initially as it can further disrupt the body's natural sleep pattern which leaves them feeling constantly exhausted.
It can effect their weight which can make them feel worse about their appearance which they may be neglecting anyway. It can also give them suicidal thoughts and exacerbate their depression further. Hypnosis on the other hand works by looking at the origin of the depression and changing the persons mindset about it as it works by changing the thoughts from within and replacing them with more positivity.
A good therapist will work on improving the quality of thought processes and helping the client to realise her self-worth. The therapist will show her how to help herself by using self hypnosis and other techniques. As the client above stated - hypnosis helped her to recognise the triggers and she is now able to use the techniques she was shown to stop herself from becoming enveloped in darkness before it takes hold.
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About Biodun Ogunyemi
Biodun Ogunyemi is the founder of Optimind, one of the leading hypnotherapy practices within the UK. He has practiced on Harley Street and is an experienced hypnotherapist, trained to the highest level in Advanced Hypnotherapy and NLP and is the author of over 180 hypnosis products