What Causes Depression and How Is It Diagnosed?
Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life. We all go through ups and downs in our mood. Sadness is a normal reaction to life’s stress, struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness. Some people describe it as “living in a black hole”.
However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all, they may feel lifeless, empty and apathetic. Men in particular, may even feel stressed, angry, aggressive and restless. Men and women express depression differently.
There are 10 things that can cause Depression:
- Lack of social support, friendships and social life
- Recent stressful life experiences
- Family history of depression
- Marriage or relationship problems
- Financial issues
- Early childhood trauma or abuse
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Unemployment or underemployment
- Health problems or chronic pain
Every one of these things is changeable even the family history of depression can be changed.
The reason I say that is because if you’ve grown up with a parent who has depression you would have unconsciously learnt how to feel and behave as if you have it too. It doesn’t mean that you actually have it too.
I do agree that if you have a chemical imbalance in your brain then you would benefit from medication that will help you balance your levels but really, have you ever been tested for chemical imbalances in your brain? Probably not.
Depression is not just the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, and is not simply cured with medication. Experts believe it’s caused by a combination of biological, psychological and social factors. In other words, your lifestyle choices, relationships and coping skills matter just as much, if not more so than genetics.
The lows of depression make it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. It’s different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep and have fun. The feelings of anxiety, helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness are intense and unrelenting. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. However, no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better.
The Cause of Your Depression Helps Determine the Treatment
Understanding the underlying cause of your depression may help you overcome the problem. Seeing a Counsellor will help you determine what is happening in your life that could be contributing to how you feel at the present time. Once the cause has been determined, then you can explore what you can do about it to change your situation and change how you feel.
If you’re not able to pin-point something that’s creating these feelings then Clinical hypnotherapy is going to be your best option. Just as the symptoms and causes of depression are different in different people, so are the ways to feel better. What works for one person might not work for another and there isn’t just one kind of treatment that will be appropriate in all cases.
In most cases, the best approach involves a combination of social support, lifestyle changes, emotional skills building and professional help. Counselling will help you to talk about what’s happening for you specifically and help you explore ways to proactively make some changes in your life.
If you’ve reached a stage where you have been feeling this way for a long time then clinical hypnotherapy will help you to reach your unconscious mind and reprogram the strategy in your mind that is creating the depression.
I work with clients who have been living with depression for most of their life and within 3-4 sessions it is gone. It’s not chance. It’s not guessing what to do next. I have a specific formula I use that really does get rid of depression and you know 100% that it is gone.
You can feel it the shift inside. If you’re struggling with depression, you can do something about it. You don’t have to see me, but please see someone. Life’s too short to feel like shit right? There are so many better things you could be doing with your time.
If you recognize the signs of depression in yourself or someone you care about, take some time to explore the many treatment options available to you.
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