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Depression takes on different characteristics depending on the individual and there are several varieties of depression.
  • Clinical Depression or Major Depression

    Everyone 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.

    The word "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.

    Warning Signs and Symptoms of Depression:

    • Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or anxiousness.
    • Lack of interest in once pleasurable activities, including sex.
    • A pessimistic or hopeless attitude.
    • Insomnia; lack of ability to sleep through the night or oversleeping
    • Feeling guilty, unworthy, or helpless
    • Change in appetite, weight loss/weight gain.
    • Feeling tired all the time.
    • Thoughts of suicide.
    • Inability to concentrate, make decisions, or remember things.
    • Feeling restless or irritated.
    • Panic Attacks.
    • Feelings of Stress.
    • Persistent headaches, digestion problems, or chronic pain.

     

  • Chronic Depression

    Chronic 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 lifelong struggle.

  • Severe Depression

    Depression 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 prevalent.

What Causes Depression?

The leading 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.
  • Unresolved 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.
  • Prolonged 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.

Many times 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.

  • Exercise
  • Drink Water
  • Get plenty of sleep (but not too much either).
  • Hang out with friends.
  • Watch funny movies.
  • 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 or journaling.
  • Set a goal (and work toward achieving it)
  • The herbal remedy - St. John's Wart.
  • Read enlightening books.
  • Change! Whatever it is that you keep complaining about, change it. You don't have to keep that job or live with someone that upsets you.
  • Get an animal to take care of.
  • Do volunteer work.
  • Listen to classical or music, rather than those sappy, victim promoting love songs!
  • Aromatherapy oils, candles or incense.
  • Get a massage. Sometimes we just need someone to touch us.
  • Make love. Releases the happy chemicals in your body!
  • Acupuncture
  • Change your eating habits

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.

 

 

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