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Depression is one of the most common disorders treated by psychiatrists and psychotherapists. It is something that many of us will experience in our lifetime, and often more than one episode. Once seen as something that affected you in mid-life, depression is now common for many in their twenties and even their teens.
Depression affects mind, body and behaviour. You feel so bad because you are caught in a vicious circle of negative thinking, feeling and behaving. You become exhausted, finding it hard to get out of bed and feeling ill. Triggering these habitual negative patterns strengthens them further and makes them harder to shake off.
The good news is that you don’t have to suffer like this
I can help you learn how to stop the vicious circle, so you start to feel better. I will help you to appreciate that thoughts are just thoughts – they are your own internal running commentary on the world, not reality. Thoughts are only events in the mind. We can all re-live events from the past and re-feel the pain and joy of past times. We can also pre-live predicted future disasters and pre-feel their impact. You have the opportunity when a thought occurs to make a choice which is most helpful and beneficial to you, and often you choose to do the exact opposite. You probably choose to think about your past experiences of the same emotional states, searching for meanings and solutions. It’s your instinctive way of dealing with problems, trying to solve them based on what you have learned in the past. Feelings of sadness or anxiety can become triggers for dredging up past feelings and memories that add to the sadness or anxiety you are feeling now
At MindMakeover I offer a mindfulness approach to show you how to allow any negative thoughts to pass - they are just thoughts after all. And when you have learned how to deprive your negative thoughts of energy they will just fade away, leaving you feeling better and more able to cope. Neuroscience has shown that we can ‘re-wire’ our brains. I will help you to find positive ways of thinking and behaving that strengthen those all important positive neural pathways, making you feel better
Although depression can be treated successfully with antidepressant medication and psychotherapy, a significant number of people with depression don’t respond to either, leaving them feeling desperate and helpless. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been found to be very effective in relieving severe depression but 40% to 50% of depressed people don’t respond adequately to these drugs as they don’t alleviate problems such as relationship difficulties, interpersonal conflicts and occupational stress that might have triggered the depression in the first place. CBT can be effective for addressing this side of depression. However, just as with medication, a significant proportion of depressed people don’t respond to CBT
Between 50% and 75% of people with depression also experience anxiety and traditionally people aren’t treated for both problems at the same time. Hypnotherapy can effectively address both issues. In the last 10 years there has been renewed interest in the application of hypnosis in the management of depression, largely influenced by the pioneering work of psychologist Dr. Michael Yapko. If you are ready to work with me, I will help you to make the changes you need
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