Feeling down or having the blues now and then is normal. And everyone feels anxious from time to time — it’s a normal response to stressful situations. But severe or ongoing feelings of depression and anxiety are not normal and professional help would be recommended.
The most common form of depression is called Major Depressive Disorder. Major depression is characterised by having either an overwhelming feeling of sadness or a loss of interest and pleasure in most common activities.
The other symptoms that are associated with major depression include:
- decrease or increase in appetite,
- constant fatigue,
- feelings of worthlessness,
- excessive and inappropriate guilt,
- recurrent thoughts of death and suicide with or without specific plans for committing suicide,
- cognitive difficulties, such as, diminished ability to think, concentrate and make decisions.
Though depression and anxiety are not the same and there is no evidence to suggest that one disorder causes the other, there is clear evidence that people can suffer from both disorders.
Here are a few differences in which depression manifests depending on sex and age.
- In men, it can manifest as tiredness, irritability and anger. They may show more reckless behaviour and abuse drugs and alcohol. They also tend to not recognise that they are depressed and fail to seek help. In women, depression tends to manifest as sadness, worthlessness, and guilt.
- In younger children depression is more likely to manifest as school refusal, anxiety when separated from parents, and worry about parents dying.
- Depressed teenagers tend to be irritable, sulky, and get into trouble in school. They also frequently have co-morbid anxiety, eating disorders, or substance abuse.
- In older adults, depression may manifest more subtly as they tend to be less likely to admit to feelings of sadness or grief and medical illnesses which are more common in this population also contributes or causes depression.
Analytical Hypnotherapy, as practised at Setanta Hypnotherapy Clinic in Peel since 2005, continues to be a highly successful method in resolving Depression and Anxiety. The reason why the method is so successful is because it does not simply address the symptoms but goes to the heart of the problem and addresses the root cause at source – the subconscious mind.
Notice: We do not treat people who are under the care of mental health professionals unless permission has been granted.