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DepressionWhat is depression?

Depression is a mental illness that affects millions of people all around the world.

Symptoms can include feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness.

In extreme cases, depression can lead to thoughts of suicide.

If you are suffering from depression, don’t despair! There are many ways to eliminate the symptoms and get your life back on track.

In this article, we will discuss what depression is, how it manifests itself, and how you can get help.

Depression meaning

Many healthcare professionals would agree that depression is a mental health disorder characterized by persistently low mood and a lack of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities which can be extremely debilitating.

It is estimated that depression affects 350 million people worldwide.

Depression symptoms

Symptoms of depression can manifest in a variety of ways, but common symptoms include:

  • Feelings of sadness.
  • Worthlessness and helplessness.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed.
  • Changes in appetite or weight.
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping.
  • Restlessness or slowed movements.
  • Fatigue.
  • Problems concentrating and making decisions.

Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person. Some people may experience physical symptoms like headaches or a racing heart, while others may feel more emotionally drained.

No matter what your symptoms are, if you think you might be experiencing depression, it’s important to talk to your local doctor.

Depression can also cause changes in behavior. You may become more withdrawn and isolate yourself from friends and family. You may also start to engage in risky behaviors, like drinking or substance abuse.

It’s important to remember that depression is a serious mental illness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please reach out for help.

There are many resources available to you, including your doctor, hypnotherapist, and local support groups.

Types of depression

There are different types of depression, such as:

  • Major depression: a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest. This type of depression affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
  • Dysthymia: also called dysthymia is a continuous long-term (chronic) form of depression. You may lose interest in normal daily activities, feel hopeless, and lack productivity in your life.
  • Bipolar disorder: a mental health condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another. It used to be known as manic depression.
  • Seasonal affective disorder: a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. SAD is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms become more severe during winter.

Take a depression test

There are many different depression tests available, so find the one that is most accurate for you. The depression test will ask a series of questions about how you have been feeling lately. If you answer yes to most of the questions, then it is likely that you are experiencing some symptoms of depression.

Bipolar disorder

This disorder is a mental illness that is characterized by extreme mood swings. People with bipolar disorder can experience periods of depression, mania, or a mixed state. Depression is a common symptom of bipolar disorder.

During a depressive episode, someone with bipolar disorder may feel sad, hopeless, and worthless. They may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed and have trouble sleeping.

What are the 4 major causes of depression?

  • Depression is a mood disorder that can be caused by a variety of different things. Here are the four major causes of depression:
  • Biological factors: factors that might have some effect on depression include genes, hormones, and brain chemicals.
  • Psychological factors: may include the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, loss of a friendship, loss of a promotion, and loss of support from family or friends.
  • Social factors: death of a loved one, divorce or marital problems such as infidelity, financial problems as well as social isolation.

What is the number one symptom of depression?

The number one symptom of depression is feeling sad or hopeless most of the time. You may also feel like you can’t enjoy activities that you used to enjoy.

What are the 5 levels of depression?

Depression has five levels: mild, moderate, severe, very severe, and extreme. Each level is associated with its own unique set of symptoms:

  • Mild depression: may cause a person to feel sad or down for a few days every now and then. Symptoms of mild depression include low energy, poor concentration, and feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
  • Moderate depression: can significantly interfere with a person’s ability to function in everyday life. Symptoms of moderate depression include significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or hypersomnia, fatigue, and feelings of hopelessness.
  • Severe depression: can result in suicidal thoughts or behavior. Symptoms of severe depression include hallucinations or delusions, a markedly slowed heart rate, low blood pressure, and a lack of interest in anything.
  • Very severe depression: is characterized by an inability to experience any pleasure in life. Symptoms of very severe depression include a persistent feeling of emptiness, thoughts of suicide or homicide, and self-harm behaviors.
  • Extreme depression: is the most severe form of depression. It can cause a person to lose touch with reality and experience psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions.

Hypnotherapy for depression

If you are struggling with depression, hypnotherapy may be the treatment for you. Hypnotherapy can be very effective in treating depression symptoms by addressing the underlying causes of the disorder.

Clinical hypnotherapy can help you to change the negative thoughts and beliefs that contribute to your depression. Hypnotherapy can also help you to develop healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with stress and anxiety.

Contact Quays Clinic today!

If you think you may be suffering from depression, please contact Quays Clinic as soon as possible for help. Hypnotherapist Ian Smith will be able to help you. Don’t let depression rob you of your happiness – contact Quays Clinic today!

Ian Smith (Distinction) D.Hyp  T.F.T  M.U.F.H. Telephone: 0774 3353367.

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