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.

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Author: Paula Kalik

Welcome to Paula Kalik Training, we are a non-judgmental practise assisting clients to make positive changes in their life using therapeutic techniques such as Mindfulness, Professional Clinical Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and NLP coaching. You can chose to visit us in person, or for those who have busy schedules or live out of Leicester we can offer Skype calls so distance is no issue, and we work flexible hours to accommodate your work commitments. Affronte Therapy provide 'Mobile Therapy' services in the comfort of your own home so help is at hand whatever your circumstances. Our therapists are ethical and have a diverse range of skills, we are qualified professional Clinical Hypnotherapists, Psychotherapists and Master Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) coaches and Mindfulness Practitioners that you can rely on, put your trust us to guide you to make the changes you want for yourself.

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