Today, the Office for National Statistics reported that twice as many adults are reporting symptoms of depression compared to this time last year. One in five compared to one in ten before the pandemic in this survey of 3,500 adults over a 12 month period.
Almost one in four of people in Britain will probably feel some sort of mental health problem in their lives. Depression is without doubt one of the most common mental health problems, normally jointly experienced with anxiousness.
However, depression is far more than just being unhappy with the way life is at the present time. The constant low moods that individuals with depression have can seem permanent and oppressive.
Low moods, anxiety feelings and catastrophe thinking are common amongst those suffering from depression as is exhaustion, weight changes and sleep problems. Depression might also make a person experience low self-belief, and truly feel helpless or have adverse emotions.
It is generally the case that past situations of conditioning may cause mental health factors like depression. In today's culture there is huge expectation of people to conform to everyday things, to do well at work or maintain the expectations of family life.
The demands of life can contribute to the onset of depression together with other mental health challenges. Depression can get very serious if productive treatment is not applied and that treatment must change the thinking structures of the person feeling depressed, in order for the depression to lift.
Depression can bring about feelings of worthlessness, increased anxiety and stress which may heavily influence on day to day life. The despair and fatigue people feel commonly destroys the enthusiasm they need to seek out beneficial treatment that can turn those feelings around.
There's lots of different treatments for depression including counselling, antidepressants as well as hypnotherapy. The way hypnosis works is to change beliefs and thought patterns at a sub-conscious level and this changes the automatic thought processes that people have leading to more positive responses and rational thinking. All in all, it may help to combat the feelings of depression and work towards a more beneficial future.
Hypnosis therefore looks to replace adverse thought processes within the mind, with beneficial beliefs and feelings which can ultimately help a person to manage general day to day life more successfully. In this way hypnotherapy helps them to turn their life around and lift the cloak of depression that previously seemed an immovable object.
I have worked with clients with depression for over 20 years and have found that a combination of therapeutic methods combined with hypnosis that have a very powerful effect at escaping the rut of depressive thinking enabling people to gradually develop new more positive thinking patterns that begin to create hope for the future.
John Plester is a Clinical Hypnotherapist at Norwich Hypnotherapy Practice as well as Tutor for the East Anglian Institute of Hypnotherapy in Norwich, Norfolk.