Depression and Low Mood

Sadly, depression is the most common mental health problem worldwide. It's estimated that around 2 million people in the UK live with some form of depression.

What people call depression ranges from bad or low mood, or feelings of sadness or miserableness, down to a debilitating mental state where a person lacks motivation and energy. The first type might last for up to a fortnight, the last type can last for a long period of time and have no discernible cause.

Depression doesn't come in a single recognisable form, there are many different types and subtypes of depressive disorder. These include: psychotic major depression, melancholic depression, dysthymia (persistent depressive disorder), postpartum, seasonal affective disorder, etc.

Read on to discover more...

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What is Depression?

The DSM V guide for depression suggests that an individual must be experiencing five or more symptoms during the same 2-week period and at least one of the symptoms should be either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure. Here's the list:

  • Depressed mood most of the day, nearly everyday.
  • Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly everyday.
  • Significant weight loss when not dieting, or weight gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly everyday.
  • A slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down).
  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly everyday.
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day.
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.


How can Solution Focused Hypnotherapy help Depression/Low Mood?

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy uses solution focused questions to help neurons form new connections and build a more positive brain.

By focusing on the positives in people's lives broadens their viewpoint, adding colour and texture.

Talking about and imagining a positive future caused neurons to wire together that way. The miracle question allows people to climb the metaphorical mountain to the top. With the solution focused hypnotherapist as the navigator, helping people to see new pathways and routes. Talking about positive thoughts, positive actions, positive interactions and purpose can be very beneficial in the way it helps the brain to rewire.

Not forgetting that we help people to be able to think clearly (using their intellectual brain) by clearing out the stress in their metaphorical bucket using trance.

All our sessions induce a relaxation response, our language patterns/scripts talk about building confidence, and empowerment, we use metaphors. Therefore, we are adjusting and reworking a person's typical psychological processes.


How can I find a Hypnotherapist to help with Depression and Low Mood near me?

To find an appropriately qualified and insured hypnotherapist to help with Depression, please visit our online directory.

Our directory can help you find a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist in your local area for face to face or sessions online.

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