Depression affects people in different ways. It can cause a variety of physical and psychological symptoms. In most circumstances you may feel hopeless, sad and lose interest in things that you used to enjoy. Sometimes you may become overwhelmed with emotion, or even feel emotionless. This can lead to a breakdown in relationships.

If depression is untreated, it can have massive effect on your health, finances, work and relationships. It’s advised to seek help as early as you possibly can by visiting your GP. Many people find hypnotherapy useful for managing a number of symptoms of depression, alongside other types of therapy such as counselling.

For any mental health problem, you should contact your GP as your first port of call. Below is what your doctor may recommend for treatment depending on the severity of your condition.

  • In some cases, mild depression may improve on its own. Some evidence suggests that exercising can help battle mental health issues. Speaking to others that are going through the same thing can be helpful.
  • If you have mild to moderate depression, talking treatment such as psychotherapy, hypnotherapy or counselling might be recommended.

For severe cases, a mental health team made up of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and specialist nurses would provide support. Sometimes, your GP may recommend antidepressants coupled with talking therapy.

Hypnotherapy is gaining wider recognition as a depression treatment for mild to moderate depression. Hypnoanalysis (psychotherapy using hypnosis) seeks to uncover the root cause of the negative feelings and emotion, thus removing the symptoms of depression.

The goal of hypnotherapy as a type of depression treatment is to target the root cause of the issue and to develop better coping behaviours. Hypnotherapy connects directly with the subconscious mind. As your hypnotherapist, I will address your perception of the event that originated your depression with the aim to build up your self-esteem, mood and help you get your independence back.