By: Alan Densky
Some people call it the 'blues' and some people call it the 'pits' and some just call it 'feeling down in the dumps'. But whatever you call it, depression is a horrible feeling that you don't need to live with.
The most common types of depression are:
Major Depression, which is characterized by sadness, Insomnia, and the lack of desire for food. Often when an individual is in a major depression, there is a total lack of motivation and drive and the sufferer lacks the desire to participate in life. Some people are severely disabled by depression, and some even contemplate suicide.
Dysthymia: This is a less severe type of long term depression that typically does not totally disable a person. But it prevents the person from feeling motivated and functioning at optimum levels. Sometimes people who are struggling with Dysthymia also suffer from Major Depression, and when this is the case, it is called double-depression.
Manic Depression is also called Bipolar Disorder. This type of depression is less common than Dysthymia or major depression. It involves phases of the Manic state, alternated with the depressed state. This is often a long term chronic disorder. Sometimes the mood swings occur suddenly. But generally speaking, onset tends to be gradual.
There are numerous variations of depression; the aforementioned are only the most common.
Some symptoms of depression are:
Anxiety; pessimism; sadness; insomnia and other sleep disorders; feelings of worthlessness; guilt; fatigue; weight loss; restlessness; pain; headaches; and thoughts of suicide.
Sources of Depression:
As previously stated, there are several types of depression: Major Depression; Manic Depression; and Dysthymia being three of the more common forms.
Many types of depression are linked to genetics. Living in a stressful environment can precipitate a depression. A trauma such as financial difficulties, problems in a relationship, or a serious loss can also precipitate a depression.
Women are twice as likely to become depressed as men are, but we do not yet know why.
If you suffer from depression, you will want to consult with your physician. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medication for you. But you should keep in mind that every medication has side effects.
Wouldn't it be phenomenal if you could control and eliminate your depression just by having certain thoughts? I know that this sounds too good to be true, but quite often, various types of depression are simply caused by having negative thoughts.
Don't believe me? Then try it out! It's really quite simple and basic. Just use your imagination to think about something that you find very troubling or sad. Go ahead, think about it right now! Then come back to this article.
What happened? If you truly focused and visualized the sad situation, you began to feel sad and a bit depressed. The longer you allow yourself to remain in that thought pattern, the sadder you will feel. As you continue having those thoughts and continue feeling sadder, you lead yourself into a gradually deepening depression.
The good news is that if you focus on a happy memory, then you will displace that sadness and depression and replace it with happy feelings.
Please pay careful attention now, because here are the keys to eliminating your depression: Our most pervasive thoughts emerge from the unconscious. These are the thoughts that we find ourselves naturally thinking about throughout the day.
If the persistent thoughts that keep popping into your head are about your problems or sad experiences, then you increase your levels of anxiety, stress, and depression.
Now here is the 'Light at the end of the tunnel': Since hypnosis can be used to change our unconscious thoughts, NLP and self hypnosis stress management programs will quickly change the way that you feel, think, and behave. The good thing is that the same exact techniques that help reduce stress also work equally well for eliminating depression!
Now I'm going to tell you exactly how and why it's going to happen. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. Specifically, it's the Alpha state of consciousness. We go through the Alpha state as we are falling asleep at night. And we go through it once more as we awaken from sleeping. We also enter the Alpha state when we are daydreaming and imagining.
The unconscious is the seat of our emotions, and it's similar to a computer; the input controls the output! Hypnosis therapy is a wonderful tool for engaging directly with the unconscious and reprogramming it to automatically divert you from negative thinking, and towards positive thinking. It's a tool that allows you to bypass the consciousness to create positive expectations, which will in turn generate positive feelings. You can beat your depression by using hypnotherapy.
Alan B. Densky, CH is an NGH certified hypnotherapist. Since 1978, he has helped thousands of clients. He offers CDs for
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