Depression is extremely common in the UK with 8-12% of the population suffering from it every year. Despite this it still carries a social stigma and people often don’t like to talk about it or even admit that they are suffering from it. Consequently it can be quite isolating as the depressed person feels that no-one else could understand how they feel.
The sufferer tends to have a gloomy outlook and everyday challenges can seem like huge obstacles. Even minor setbacks that wouldn’t trouble a happy person can seem like even more mounting evidence of just how bad life can be. If we are in a dark mood we will tend to notice the corresponding gloomy occurrences and overlook the brighter moments.
Our brains strive to keep us safe, not necessarily happy. Staying at home (or even in bed) avoiding threats to our comfortable safe existence is one way of achieving this but the isolation and lack of stimulation is not healthy. Ironically it is rejoining society and finding stimulation in the things and people around us that we really need to rediscover to feel happier. I know this from personal experience because I have been through it.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help lift depression in several ways; from visiting and challenging the root belief causing the depression, to helping you imagine the future you want and helping you work towards achieving it. By priming you to notice positive aspects of your life more readily you can quite literally start looking forward to your future instead of dreading it.
Contact me today to discuss how I can help you beat depression and reclaim your life.