Depression affects people in many different ways and symptoms are spread over different aspects of functioning, these are:
Motivation: Apathy, loss of energy and interests. Things seem pointless, hopeless
Emotional: Low mood, plus emptiness, anger or resentment, anxiety, shame, guilt
Cognitive: Poor concentration, negative ideas about yourself, the world and the future
Biological: Sleep disturbance, loss of appetite, changes in hormones and brain chemicals
Depression can vary in terms of the relative degree and the severity of these symptoms, their duration and their frequency. Hence, each individual can vary as to whether their depression is mild or severe, and they can have one episode or several episodes. Depression can be a main factor in various other conditions such as social anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia etc. Depression can be triggered by any challenging life events for example bereavement, divorce, redundancy, after childbirth, relationships and life changes. Depression may develop very suddenly or it may be gradual over a period of weeks, months or years. Depression can be chronic lasting over 2 years or short term lasting weeks or months.
People experiencing depression often feel helpless, powerless to shift the symptoms, which perpetuate a sense of shame, embarrassment and low self-esteem that are experienced.
Treatment for Depression – a combination of counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy helps to naturally raise mood levels and redress negative self-perceptions. There is much evidence within science today that backs up the fact that we are all capable of changing our thoughts, feelings, actions and reactions. This is thanks to neuroplasticity which allows the brain to produce new neural pathways enabling us to change entrenched, habitual negative thinking to become positive, healthy, happier thinking via new neural pathways.
The models and techniques both John and Joy use at Swans Therapy speed up this process of changed thinking to gain successful beneficial results. In addition to this, physically the brain produces more natural feel good chemicals, endorphin and serotonin, which redresses the chemical imbalance in the brain which is the physiological cause Depression. Leaving you feeling calmer more relaxed in mind, body and spirit and empowered with more energy and vitality to embrace and enjoy living your life more fully.
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