What is Depression

Depression can affect us all from time to time, it can be lasting and enduring  depending on our own unique circumstances and thresholds to withstand outward and inward thoughts and feelings.

We all perceive the effects of depression differently, whilst some seem to get over it in a few days, for some it can be very overwhelming.  Depression is not trivial matter and is genuine health condition, it is a real illness with real symptoms, and it’s not a sign of weakness or something you can ‘snap out of’ by ‘pulling yourself together’. Feeling sad or fed up is a normal reaction to experiences that are upsetting, stressful or difficult; those feelings will usually pass, but if you are affected by depression, you are not ‘just’ sad or upset. You have an illness which means that intense feeling of persistent sadness, helplessness and hopelessness are accompanied by physical effects such as sleeplessness, a loss of energy, or physical aches and pains. Sometimes people may not realise how depressed they are, especially if they have been feeling the same for a long time, if they have been trying to cope with their depression by keeping themselves busy, or if their depressive symptoms are more physical than emotional.

How many suffer from depression in the UK?

The details below are taken from statics registered on The Mental Health Foundation and the facts and figures around Mental Health in the UK are alarming.

  • 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year
  • Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain
  • Women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men
  • About 10% of children have a mental health problem at any one time
  • Depression affects 1 in 5 older people
  • Suicides rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women
  • Self-harm statistics for the UK show one of the highest rates in Europe: 400 per 100,000 population
  • Only 1 in 10 prisoners has no mental disorder

What are the symptoms of depression?

Here is a list of the most common symptoms of depression. As a general rule, if you have experienced four or more of these symptoms, for most of the day nearly every day, for over two weeks, then you should seek help.

  • Tiredness and lethargy
  • Persistent sadness
  • Low self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Loss of concentration
  • Not being able to enjoy things that you used to find pleasurable or interesting
  • Undue feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Isolating yourself from others,  even your close friends
  • Finding it hard to function at work/college/school
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of sex drive and/ or sexual problems
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Thoughts about suicide and death
  • Self-harm

How can PKT and NLP help with Depression?

Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better.  Over time the effects of depression have an effect on not just your mental state but physical state.  You are in a constant state of “fight or flight response”  As your body tries to protect you it releases hormones into your body for your survival. The fight or flight response is very useful to us if we come face to face with a  wild animal, but by being in this constant state,  the increased released hormones cause all sorts of  physical, behavioural and emotional problems.  Generally you can’t rectify this heightened release of hormone yourself, and you can’t overcome depression through sheer willpower. The only way to relieve your depression, even if it severe and stubbornly persistent,  is to start taking small steps to gain control of your emotions. Feeling better takes time, there is no silver bullet but holistic therapies work hand in hand with traditional medical therapies to help you back to wellness.

Depression puts a negative spin on everything, including the way you see yourself, the situations you encounter, and your expectations for the future. By using advanced therapeutic methods, such as Hypnotherapy, NLP, EMDT, EFT, Emotional Resolution, Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive psychology, here at PKT we can be flexible in our practise to help you to replace negative thoughts with more balanced thoughts. Inevitably when you are feeling low you tend to focus on the negatives, this keeps you trapped in a veil of unhappiness. A bit like a self fulfilling prophecy, if you tell yourself often enough that things never work out for you or you feel awful, well you are right! Alternatively, once you can see the wood for the trees, you can start to focus on what you really do want from your life and lift the veil of sadness. The fact is you have been doing the same old thing and get the same old results, so now its time for a change, let us look at your situation with a fresh new pair of eyes and come up with a solution to put you back in the driving seat. All you want is to be happy again, to enjoy what you used to, and to have the life you deserve.

Call us FREE today to discuss your way forward, we are here to help you every step of the way.

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What is motivation?

When you got up this morning what motivated you to get up, or what didn’t? Did you get up with the will to work, filled with that spark and commitment to do a good job or do you view your job just as a means to an end? To be motivated we have to have a reason, a goal, something that we see as worthwhile.

Have you noticed what happens when you lose motivation to do something, what happens to your mental state, do you allow things to irritate or upset you more, do things seem so much more of a slog and you use avoidance strategies or  reach out for those things you see as a comfort?

Lets say you are in a job you have done for years, you feel undervalued and the only reason you do it is because of the wages.

Now lets say you have booked a holiday and its just days away.

Which of these are you going to be more motivated to do? Its a no brainer really isn’t it? If you lack motivation to do a certain task it determines the results you get, which in term affect your mental state and outcomes you achieve. It is still possible to do a job well even if you are not motivated to do, but wouldn’t you rather feel happy and motivated?   So what is motivation and how can having  increased levels of motivation benefit you? Why is it that some people can do the same job as you, earn the same wages yet their outlook is so much different?

What Happens when you lack Self esteem?

Self esteem is a vital key to happiness and success and is lacked by many, it is the opinion we hold of ourselves. If we rate ourselves as having high or positive self esteem it can result in happiness and success. On the flip side, low self esteem usually leads to poor results, poor performance  and under achievement  with can result in unhappiness and even depression.

Ask yourself the following questions to discover the level of your self esteem:

  • Are you comparing yourself to others and ignoring the unique value that you have?
  • Do you believe you are successful?
  • What do you think of your social status?
  • How do you see yourself?
  • How do you feel about your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Can you be decisive? Not being able to make choices can lead to low self esteem?
  • Does your job have value to you, is it worth while?

These are just a few questions which can quickly establish your level of self esteem, and positive regard for yourself.  Low self esteem feeds your negative thinking and causes you to believe the criticism others make of you. Do you take what others say and not speak up and how does that make you feel inside, do you hold your anger in or take it home with you and aim it at someone else, sound familiar? This can impact greatly on your work and relationship, and ultimately impart on your health.  If this describes you in any way, its vital you take action now to end negative thoughts and smash the limiting beliefs you hold about yourself now.

If you want to build your self esteem you have to understand  what beliefs you hold, our therapist are able to establish a clients level of self esteem and use a variety of techniques to install positive self beliefs and smash any limiting beliefs which may be holding you back. The therapist can then get to work increasing your level of self esteem you will be more confident, happy, highly motivated and have the right attitude to succeed. It sounds simple, and that’s is because it is and you will wonder why you didn’t think of addressing this issue before.

The Importance of Self Esteem

Self esteem is crucial and is a cornerstone of a positive attitude towards living. It is very important because it affects how you think, act and even how you relate to other people. It allows you to live life to your potential. Low self esteem means poor confidence and that also causes negative thoughts which mean that you are likely to give up easily rather than face challenges. In addition, it has a direct bearing on your happiness and well-being.

This self esteem test is quick and simple, answer TRUE or FALSE to each question (if you cannot answer 100% TRUE then answer FALSE – check below how to score):

  1. Other people are not better off or more fortunate than me
  2. I accept myself as I am and am happy with myself
  3. I enjoy socialising
  4. I deserve love and respect
  5. I feel valued and needed
  6. I don’t need others to tell me I have done a good job
  7. Being myself is important
  8. I make friends easily
  9. I can accept criticism without feeling put down
  10. I admit to my mistakes openly
  11. I never hide my true feelings
  12. I always speak up for myself and put my views across
  13. I am a happy, carefree person
  14. I don’t worry what others think of my views
  15. I don’t need others’ approval to feel good
  16. I don’t feel guilty about doing or saying what I want
  17. I respect other peoples point of view even if I don’t agree with it
  18. If I am worried I ask for help

Your Score: Total number of TRUE answers you gave, One Point for each:

  • 18- 15 Points – You have a high level of self esteem!
  • 14-10 Points – Not bad but room for you to improve
  • 9- 0  Points – Low self could holding you back

If you fall into the categories below 9 call us now to see how we can help you can drastically benefit from some of the techniques we will teach you. These are tools you can take away and use any time for as long as you need them. Everyone is unique so once the therapist establishes what emotions or limiting beliefs you hold we can then work on modelling new behaviours, installing new ways of thinking so you can achieve the life you want. Our therapists are trained in Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic programming, EFT, EMDR and PTSS and Trauma Therapy, plus much more so the therapist is able to take a flexible approach for your maximum benefit.

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What can hypnosis treat?

Hypnosis can help with chronic pain lasting for more than 3 months. This kind of pain usually affects a person’s life in many ways. It can change someone’s personality, ability to function, and quality of life and can be caused by many different factors.

Often conditions that accompany normal aging may affect bones and joints in ways that cause chronic pain. Other common causes are nerve damage and injuries that fail to heal properly, Spondylosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis, stomach ulcers, AIDS, and gallbladder disease, fibromyalgia, etc.

Somatic pain occurs in the musculoskeletal tissues, it is called deep somatic pain. Common causes of somatic cancer pain include metastasis in the bone (an example of deep somatic pain) and post surgical pain from a surgical incision (an example of surface pain). Deep somatic pain is usually described as dull or aching but localized. Surface somatic pain is usually sharper and may have a burning or pricking quality. It can include pain in the skin, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. This includes arthritis, tendinitis, and most kinds of headaches, neck pain, and low back pain. This kind of pain is typically aching, sore, and knife-like.

Hypnosis is very affective at management of pain and is backed by research, so call us now to see how we can help you and to book your FREE NO OBLIGATION consultation.

How can hypnosis help me with pain?

Living with chronic and persistent pain can be a terrible energy drain and distracting experience, and the physical hurting of pain can cause emotional suffering. Pain is a symptom that cannot be objectively assessed as its impossible to stand in anyone’s shoes and experience what they are feeling, and know precisely what hurts, how badly, and what the pain feels like.

Pain, therefore, is whatever the person experiencing it says it is. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.” Pain is a mechanism the body uses for survival; imagine if you were never able to experience pain, what would the consequences be? How would you know if you had placed your hand on a hot plate, or accidently cut yourself whist slicing something? In terms of illness, pain helps us to establish what could be wrong with us, if our head hurts it’s a signal of stress, dehydration or something more serious which we need to seek medical advice for, so pain forces us to take action and helps prevent us from hurting ourselves.

Normally, when a part of the body experiences pain it sends a signal through the nervous system to the spinal cord, where it is processed and sent to the brain stem. The signal then propagates through the mid-brain region to the cortical region, which creates the conscious sensation of pain. Firstly, you perceive pain by the sensation of something uncomfortable happening to a specific part of your body, and then you react to this information by feeling as pain.

Although acute pain serves an important and useful function, when pain becomes chronic and continues long after it has done its job of giving warning, and long after the physical problem has been medically treated, it is no longer needed as a warning. This is where hypnosis comes in, through the power of suggestion; the body and mind enter a state of deep relaxation. In this relaxed state, the mind is receptive to suggestions and imagery that can modify negative thinking patterns and images that maintain suffering and build a repertoire of thoughts and images to promote pain relief. The more hypnosis is practised, the more effective it becomes and at Affronte we teach you methods such as EFT and Self Hypnosis, you will be provided with a CD help relieve the pain, promote relaxation and meditation so even after your session of therapy you can go away and use these tools for as long as you need to.