If you’ve never been officially diagnosed with depression, it’s easy to feel that you need to tick certain boxes to know if you’re already living with the condition. In reality, many people fall in between when it comes to clinical criteria and this can make it a lot harder to get a handle on your situation.
There’s another factor that can make things more confusing too: the stereotypical view of depression doesn’t always ring true. Many people with depression are also “high functioning” and successfully manage careers and relationships.
Living with depression can involve things like:
- Feeling “off kilter” or just not yourself for a prolonged period
- No longer finding any joy, pleasure or happiness in your life (even for things that you used to love)
- Feeling tearful, especially at things that may seem inconsequential to other people or for no obvious reason
- Feeling that your thought processes are happening in slow motion and clouded in “fog”
- Finding it hard to make even simple decisions (including the kind that used to take a matter of seconds)
- Feeling as though you’re stuck in a box that you can’t ever seem to climb out of, that there is a glass wall between yourself and the outside world or that you’re drowning
- Struggling to get out of bed in the morning
- Feeling an overwhelming sense of tiredness
- Feeling hopeless, worthless and guilty about the way you feel
- Feeling that nothing you do is ever right or good enough
- A sense that the world around is just shades of grey and that your senses no longer function to the same extent as before (not noticing the taste of things as you did before, for example)
It can take a huge amount of effort to achieve small wins such as taking a shower or brushing your teeth - especially when that nagging voice in your mind is trying to convince you that everything is hopeless and pointless. Self care is often one of the first things to fall down the priority list, not least because depression makes it harder to believe that you’re even worthy of self care in the first place.
At its most extreme, depression can make you feel that life isn’t worth living and that you have no future to look forward to.
Depression can come in waves and it doesn’t always take the same form each time it crops up again. This can be quite common for people whose depression is largely managed through medications that may stop being so effective after a while. WebMD estimates that many people with depression will experience 4-5 episodes in their lifetime.
Hypnotherapy and Depression
As a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, I see many clients with depression, often of the high functioning kind. Hypnotherapy is now regarded as a highly effective intervention for depression and anxiety, especially if it’s part of a wider treatment plan.
This is largely because Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can have positive effects on behaviour and thought processes and can provide the tools to build resilience and gain more control over your thoughts and behaviour patterns.
Contact me today to talk more about how hypnotherapy can help you to overcome depression.