takes on different characteristics depending on the individual and
there are several varieties of depression.
Depression or Major Depression
experiences times in their lives when they experience the blues
or feelings of sadness. After a breakup with or the death of a
loved one, there is a normal grieving period that will accompany
the upset. Losing a job you really liked or not getting a
promotion you wanted can leave anyone feeling a little down. We
all get down sometimes. The difference between just feeling sad
and actual clinical depression, also called major depression, is
that those feelings persist for an abnormally long period of
time. The period of time really varies for each person and would
be based on how traumatic the event.
"clinical" in clinical depression basically means that
a medical doctor has checked you out, in which you have gone
through a series of tests to rule out other possible causes for
the way you are feeling. Then there are set of symptoms that
many people who are clinically depressed feel at least more than
two or three for a prolonged period of time.
and Symptoms of Depression:
- Feelings of
sadness, emptiness, or anxiousness.
- Lack of
interest in once pleasurable activities, including sex.
pessimistic or hopeless attitude.
lack of ability to sleep through the night or oversleeping
guilty, unworthy, or helpless
- Change in
appetite, weight loss/weight gain.
tired all the time.
- Thoughts of
to concentrate, make decisions, or remember things.
restless or irritated.
- Feelings of
headaches, digestion problems, or chronic pain.
depression is typically a dull feeling of depression that is
ongoing most of the time. Depression becomes chronic when the
individual experiences episodes of depression, followed by
periods of time when the symptoms of depression seem to
disappear only to resurface again. When this cycle is repeated
on an ongoing basis that is chronic depression, which can be a
becomes severe when a person is unable to function in their
normal daily life; unable to get out of bed, wash, go to work,
eat, or other daily routines. Thoughts of suicide are more
causing of depression is not really known. There are scientific
studies that discuss chemical imbalances in the brain; I wouldn't
doubt that there are. The question remains however, could those
chemical imbalances be CAUSED by something else? Could those long
periods of sadness create the imbalance? Could emotions; such as
hurt and anger, which have not been free to be expressed, cause
those chemical imbalances?
My hypothesis is
that "chemical imbalances" absolutely are created by our
own doing, be it negative thinking or unexpressed emotions or by
some outside stimulus that we are reacting to.
- The first area
I suggest looking into, as the cause of your depression is
unresolved issues where you haven't gotten closure. This can be
in a number of areas, particularly relationships and career.
- Health issues
can be another cause of depression. Having lost the ability to
do some activity or the anxiety and stress created from health
problems can leave one feeling depressed.
feelings of withheld communication, anger, frustration, and
disappointments. It takes a lot of energy to keep these feelings
inside. Although eventually it just because such a habit that
you don't realize you are doing it.
periods of inactivity or staying indoors can inhibit the
production of endorphins and serintonin.
- Changes in
eating habits or sleeping habits.
- Drugs and
alcohol or cigarette smoking.
- Withdrawal from
these drugs can also cause temporary feelings of depression.
- The completion
of a major goal project can leave you feeling that you have
nothing else to look forward to.
These are a few of
the many possible causes. I suggest doing some meditation to look
within yourself, talking to someone; a supportive friend, family
member, or a professional counselor, or doing some journaling to
find out what is causing your depression.
Here are some
Self-help Tips for Treating Depression:
There are many
schools of thought for treatment of depression. If your depression
is at a manageable non-threatening level, meaning that you have some
symptoms yet you still are still functioning in your life there are
some natural remedies that may give you some relief.
understanding the underlying cause can give you tremendous relief
because you can now treat the underlying problem. For example if the
loss of a loved one has been the underlying cause, you can continue
to do the necessary grieving and get closure on it. The
Hypnosis CD provides a great way to get closure and bring some light
back into your life. Here are some other ways that have been known
to help you feel better.
- Drink Water
- Get plenty of
sleep (but not too much either).
- Hang out with
- Watch funny
- Meditate. Don't
medicate. Many times we are so quick to take a pill every time
there is a problem. Stop and listen within first.
- Speak gently to
yourself. (Affirmations are great)
- Letter writing
- Set a goal (and
work toward achieving it)
- The herbal
remedy - St. John's Wart.
Whatever it is that you keep complaining about, change it. You
don't have to keep that job or live with someone that upsets
- Get an animal
to take care of.
- Do volunteer
- Listen to
classical or music, rather than those sappy, victim promoting
oils, candles or incense.
- Get a massage.
Sometimes we just need someone to touch us.
- Make love.
Releases the happy chemicals in your body!
- Change your
If you do not find
relief from these tips or if you find yourself obsessing about
suicide or are not functioning in your relationships or work, you
may wish to take more drastic measures like calling your health care
provider or even a suicide hotline.
Of all the ways
that I mentioned of resolving depression, hypnosis offers the most
complete method of support as it incorporates your mind, emotions,
body, and your spirit. Through the deep relaxation, you are
supporting your body because endorphins are released as you go into
this state. As you get quiet, you let go of feelings of anxiety and
experience a sense of calm and peace. You will become reconnected
with the spirit within you.
Hypnosis will help
you to get in touch with those emotions that need to be healed and
released. You can train your mind to think about that which gives
you a feeling of warmth and to see the beauty life has to offer.
One session alone
generally isn't enough to resolve such an issue, however through
continued diligence and persistence you can find your way through
those dark clouds and find happiness within and learn how to feel
happy more often.