Some people call it the 'pits' and some people call it the 'blues' and some call it 'feeling down in the dumps'. But whatever you may call it, depression is a horrible feeling that you do not need to live with.
The most common types of depression are:
Major Depression, which is characterized by a sad mood, Insomnia, and a decreased or absent appetite. Often when a person is in a state of major depression, the person feels an utter lack of motivation and drive and the sufferer does not want to participate in life. Some people are severely disabled by depression, and some individuals even consider suicide.
Dysthymia: This is a less severe type of long-term depression that typically does not completely disable the individual. But it keeps the person from feeling motivated and functioning at optimum levels. Sometimes people who are struggling with Dysthymia are also afflicted with Major Depression, and when this occurs it is called double-depression.
Manic Depression is also known as Bipolar Disorder. This type of depression is less common than the first two. It involves phases of the Manic state, alternated with the depressed state. This is often a long-term recurring disorder. Sometimes the mood swings occur suddenly. But generally speaking, they tend to be gradual.
There are a number of variations of depression; the types described here are only the most common.
Some symptoms of depression include:
Sadness; anxiety; pessimism; insomnia and sleep disorders; feelings of worthlessness; guilt; restlessness; pain; fatigue; weight loss; headaches; and thoughts of suicide.
Sources of Depression:
As previously stated, there are several types of depression: Major Depression; Manic Depression; and Dysthymia being three of the more common forms.
Many types of depression are linked to genetics. Living in a stressful environment can precipitate a depression. A traumatic experience such as a serious loss, relationship problems, or financial trouble can also lead to depression.
Women are twice as likely to become depressed as men are, but we do not yet know why.
If you suffer from depression, you will want to seek the advice of your physician. He may prescribe drugs for you. But you should keep in mind that every medication causes side effects.
Wouldn't it be amazing if you could regulate and eliminate your depression just by having certain thoughts? I know that this sounds too good to be true, but quite often, various types of depression are simply caused by having negative thoughts.
Don't believe me? Then try it out! It's really quite simple and basic. Just use your imagination to think about something that you find very sad or troubling. Go ahead, think about it right now! Then return to this article.
So, what happened? If you really got into it and visualized the sad situation, you began to feel unhappy and a little depressed. The longer you allow yourself to stay in that pattern of thought, the sadder you will feel. As you continue having those thoughts and continue feeling sadder, you lead yourself into a gradually intensifying depression.
The good news is that if you think about a positive memory, then you will supplant that depression and sadness and have happy feelings instead.
Please pay careful attention now, because here are the keys to eliminating your depression: Our persistent thoughts emerge from the unconscious mind. These are the thoughts that we find ourselves involuntarily thinking about throughout the day.
If the persistent thoughts that are continually popping into your mind are about your sad experiences or problems, then you raise your levels of anxiety, stress, and depression.
Now here is the 'Light at the end of the tunnel': Since hypnosis can be used to alter our unconscious thoughts, NLP and self hypnosis stress management CDs can rapidly change the way that you feel, think, and behave. The beauty here is that the same techniques that are effective for stress management also work as well for eliminating depression!
Now I will tell you exactly why and how it's going to happen. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. Specifically, it's the Alpha state of consciousness. We pass through the Alpha state as we fall asleep at night. And we pass through it once more as we wake up in the morning. We also enter the Alpha state when we are imagining and daydreaming.
The unconscious mind is the seat of our emotions, and it's similar to a computer; the input controls the output! Hypnotherapy is an excellent tool for reaching directly into the unconscious mind and reprogramming it to automatically divert you away from negative thinking, and towards positive thinking. It's a tool that allows you to bypass the consciousness to create positive expectations, which will in turn generate positive feelings. You can beat your depression by using hypnosis therapy.