What is depression?

Depression can be a debilitating psychological health condition, that can affect our most basic functions, including the way we eat, sleep and how we think of ourselves.  The condition can be so severe, that it stops you living your life as you normally would, impacting your work, family and social life and you even stop enjoying things you normally enjoy doing.

Nearly all of us will feel low or stressed from time to time sometimes we will feel sad. Of course this is all perfectly normal and maybe due to factors such as stresses at work or at home, perhaps the car broke down, it’s raining, the bus is late and so are you!  However, someone suffering from ‘depression’ is more likely to be experiencing prolonged feelings of helplessness and a sense of extreme sadness.  This is often for no apparent reason and these low moods can last for many weeks and even Months or more at a time, leading to feelings of desperation and in some cases even suicidal thoughts.

Below are some of the many symptoms you may experience if you suffer from depression:

Psychological Symptoms:
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
  • Tearfulness
  • Mood swings, including irritability and intolerance of others
  • Prolonged sense of sadness
  • A complete lack of energy
  • no motivation to do anything, even things you normally enjoy.
  • Fluctuations in your weight
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Poor sex drive
  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self harming
Physical Symptoms:
  • Change in appetite and hence weight loss or gain. 
  • Aches and Pains 
  • Insomnia, especially getting to sleep and waking up at dawn and not being able to go back to sleep. 
  • Interruption to menstrual cycle 
  • Constipation 
  • Loss of energy and sex drive 
  • Speech and movement can be slower than normal 

Depression can be devastating for the sufferers self esteem, especially as even today there is a common lack of understanding of what it means to suffer from depression.  Many employers, friends and family do not understand that depression is actually a ‘clinical medical condition’ that cannot just be snapped out of.  It affects not only our moods, but our thoughts, behaviours and even our bodies.  To be told simply to ‘get on with it’, can make the situation far worse.  If they could, chances are they would.

‘’Don’t despair, Depression is ‘very’ treatable and we are here to help’’.


Treating Depression with Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy

It is widely thought that a combination of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy by a qualified and reputable practitioner, is one of the most effective ‘long term’ solutions to treating Depression effectively. 

This is because instead of just dealing with the symptoms as is the case with antidepressants, it deals with the root cause.  The AIM is to resolve any underlying psychological causes altogether. 

One of the main benefits of this form of therapy is that there are no side affects.  You remain in complete control at all times and it is generally a very enjoyable and relaxing experience


In many cases depression will respond well to antidepressant medication.  It is thought that low levels of serotonin can also lead to depression, and medication such as prozac works by bringing serotonin levels back into balance.  However, it is important to note that antidepressants can often have side affects of their own and you will need to discuss these with your doctor.

If you think you maybe suffering from depression and your G.P. has ruled out any other underlying conditions, then, why not find out more about how a combination of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can help you get your life back on track.  Remember, your initial consultation is completely free and there is no pressure to continue with therapy should you choose not too.  You have nothing to lose, but perhaps everything to gain.

Next Steps:

Recognise some of these issues?  Ready to do something about it?  Having the courage to take action is the 1st and most important step to improving your life and having the life you deserve. 

We are all individuals.  At Reachout Therapy, we pride ourselves on providing a personalised therapy for each client, to ensure maximum benefit is obtained from each session.  If you would like to book sessions we offer a no obligation, FREE initial Telephone consultation. If you want to book sessions following this, just follow these simple steps: 

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