How do you know if you have depression ?
- Depressed mood
- Loss of pleasure or interest in usual activities
- Disturbance of appetite
- Feeling more irritable or agitated then usual
- Loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
- Difficulties in thinking
Most doctors and psychologists would agree that if you exhibit five or more of the above symptoms including either one of the first two from the above list for a two week period or more, you would be considered to be suffering with major depression. From my experience I often find people are being diagnosed with depression when it’s really anxiety they have. However anxiety and depression are often closely interlinked and one can cause & trigger the symptoms of the other.
There are many causes about why people feel depressed. As we live busier lives there are many everyday pressures and stresses in modern society to deal with from career, relationships, family, health and finances etc .With technological advancements the way we interact has changed and even though there are many positives to this there also many drawbacks including lack of social physical interaction and being time pressed.
However, it’s not so much the environment that is causing depression but more so how you respond, perceive and manage things that affects the way you feel. Arguably its more about changing your inner environment as opposed to your external one.
Psychologist Robert Holden proved this with an experiment that illustrates how you can move quickly from depression to feeling happier by doing a few simple things everyday.
Holden’s research was documented in a BBC program in how he treated a group of clinically depressed people during a period of several weeks. All the patients were given an MRI scan before and after his treatment to scientifically measure his results.
After one month of Holden’s treatment the patients that had measured on the MRI scan as depressed were now reporting that they felt significantly more happier and optimistic. The MRI scans even showed significant changes in their brains that supported their new happiness. Not only that after six months later when the same patients were tested again the positive results had remained the same.
So what did Holden do with these depressed patients that caused them to become happier?
Essentially it came down to getting the patients to do three simple things everyday which changed their neuro-chemistry from depressed to happy, as follows:
- Smiling or Laughing for at least 20 minutes everyday.
- Taking at least 20 minutes exercise everyday in the outdoors.
- Focusing on positive thoughts and memories everyday
At Advanced Hypnotherapy Dublin we apply such proven methods with our clients often with hypnotherapy. We also use a groundbreaking neuro scientific method called the Havening Techniques. This is a psycho sensory therapy which means we use relaxing touch and positive visualisation techniques in combination together.
Havening Techniques are a gentle and powerful neuro scientific approach that help depressed people feel better because the treatment rapidly increases the happy chemical serotonin in the brain and the body. Plus we teach our clients how to use hypnosis and to self haven to maintain and built upon the positive results.
See http://stravershypnosis.com/services/overcome-anxiety/ for more information and to view our clients video testimonials.