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Img depression and hypnotherapy Treating Depression With HypnotherapyWe can all feel a bit down at times, but if you feel consistently low or have done for a while, then there is a possibility you could be suffering from depression.

A common feeling associated with depression is of feeling alone, but statistics show that this condition occurs in 1 in 10 adults in the UK, with 1 in 20 suffering from major clinical depression.  Sometimes, depression will pass on its own, especially if it’s related to a circumstance. However, if there is no apparent cause for feeling depressed, or you have been feeling very unhappy for a long time, then you should consider treatment.

In this article, we’ll be looking at some of the different treatments for depression to help you on the road to recovery.

What is Depression?

Depression varies in intensity and symptoms can vary, but generally speaking, the condition is clinically defined by the following:

  • Lack of energy
  • Feelings of sadness, despair and hopelessness
  • Lack of interest in things previously enjoyed
  • Lack of motivation
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Neglecting friends and social withdrawal
  • In severe cases, there can be thoughts of suicide.


Treatment for depression depends on the severity and cause and it’s always recommended that you visit your GP in the first instance. Your GP can then treat you with a variety of methods. These include medication, counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or Psychotherapy. In mild cases of depression that are not longstanding, there may be no need for treatment unless the condition worsens or does not lift.


Anti-depressants are only normally prescribed for more serious cases of depression. There are many different types, and they can help control your mood. They can also be used in combination with other therapies such as counselling.


By seeing a counsellor you are able to talk through your problems in a supportive environment, which can help you to come to terms with issues or gain fresh insights into your own or other’s behaviour. Often, just having someone listen to us is all we need. There are different types of counsellors available – some specialise in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) or CBT, both of which can help change existing thoughts and behaviours. Or in the case of specific problems such as bereavement or marriage problems, you can see a counsellor who specialises in these issues. You may be referred by your GP for a number of free sessions, or you can find a counsellor privately. However, always make sure they are properly qualified, and never continue seeing someone you are not comfortable talking to.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a kind of talking therapy that helps you focus on your current problems and work out ways to change negative thought processes. It is regarded as a powerful tool against depression, as research has shown that CBT can be as effective as medication. A CBT counsellor will help you explore your problems and issues and find more positive ways to think and deal with them. Some CBT therapists who have undertaken hypnosis training combine their practice with hypnotherapy, which has also been shown to benefit those suffering with depression.

Written by Rob Rudd. Rob Rudd is a keen blogger who enjoys writing about health and wellness as well as fitness and lifestyle.


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