When the caveman looked out of the cave and there was snow, or ice or danger, and he couldn’t go out and hunt, he pulled the fur up over his head and he didn’t interact until the situation changed. Instead, he conserved his energy to be strong enough to fight again another day.
In the modern world we have adapted this stress response to all the modern day symptoms of depression. But there is perhaps one major difference. Some people have lost the ability to re-adapt as the situation improves, and this has everything to do with our assessment of the situation – Has it improved?
The type of explanation we give ourselves about our world is of huge importance. It is not the events of our lives, which fundamentally give rise to depression. It is the thought processes, which surround life’s events that determine, whether we become depressed. What we tell ourselves is therefore of the utmost importance. Distortions in our thinking determine whether or not we get locked into depression. If we take things personally, interpret events as all pervasive and think that set-backs last forever, our mood will inevitably become gloomy and depressed. So, adaptability in our thinking is clearly important to maintaining an optimistic view of the world.
“Inactivity very much fuels depression. The way forward lies within positive intention, activity and interaction. Our clients must take action to do something else instead of doing their depression” says local Hypnotherapist Liane Ulbricht-Kazan.
Depression doesn’t satisfy our need for motivation required to live our lives in a meaningful and productive way. We need to take some action in order promote the right kind of mentally healthy behavior required to feel motivated, and this where Hypnotherapy can really help.
It’s interesting to note that the term depression refers to a number of distinct symptoms. The criteria for diagnosis of a major depression episode used by medical professionals lists nine areas. The medical standard states that five (or more) of the following symptoms must have been present during the same two-week period and represent a change from previous functioning. These are depressed mood, markedly diminished interest, significant weight loss (or gain), insomnia or hypersomnia, psychomotor agitation or retardation, fatigue or loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, diminished ability to concentrate including indecisiveness, & recurrent thoughts of death. Of course, you don’t need to wait until you have enough symptoms for a diagnosis before you can get help.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapists have a wonderful understanding of how the brain works, and have tools at their disposal such as hypnosis and solution focused questioning techniques. Their approach allows them to work with clients on a conscious and a subconscious level, employing their own resources to get the results they want and need in a relatively short period of time.
We can also understand depression from a physiological point of view and as a physical alteration of the brain’s emotional circuitry. The feeling of low or depressed mood has everything to do with our brain chemistry and connectivity. People who suffer from depression show a significant decrease in three so-called monoamine neurotransmitters: norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin. These are the brain chemicals responsible for our positive emotions and feelings of wellbeing.
Another part of the approach used by Solution Focused Hypnotherapists is to promote activity and interaction, which serves to get these feel-good brain chemicals flowing again. In this way, depression sufferers can even get a better deal out of anti-depression medication they may be taking.