HYPNOSIS TREATMENT CLINICAL DEPRESSION & HYPNOTHERAPYDepression is an illness that effects 9.5% of the American population, or about 18.8 million adults. Women are diagnosed with depression about twice as often as men. The economic cost for this illness is high, but the cost of human suffering is impossible to estimate. Depression interferes with normal functioning and causes pain and suffering not only to those who have the illness, but also to those who care about them. Serious depression can disrupt and destroy family life as well as the life of the ill person.
Depression comes in different forms, just as is the case with other illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Major depression is manifested by a combination of symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, study, sleep, eat and feel joy in every day life. A less severe type of depression, dysthymia involves long-term, chronic symptoms that do not disable, but keep one from functioning well or from feeling good. Many people with dysthymia also experience major depressive episodes at some time in their lives.
Another type of depression is bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness. This form of illness is characterized by cycling mood changes: severe high (mania) and lows (depression). Sometimes the mood changes are dramatic and rapid, but most often they are gradual. When in the depressed cycle, one can have any or all of the symptoms of a depressive disorder. When in the manic cycle, one may be overactive, over-talkative, and have a great deal of energy. Mania often affects thinking, judgment and social behavior in ways that cause serious problems and embarrassment. For example, the individual in a manic phase may feel elated, full of grand schemes that might range from unwise business decisions to romantic sprees. Mania, left untreated, may worsen to a psychotic state.
People who have low self-esteem, who do not develop the skills to recognize and express feelings, people who encounter various traumas such as rape or the death of a loved one, people who consistently view themselves and the world with pessimism or who are readily overwhelmed by stress, are prone to depression. Alcoholics and addicts often experience depression and use substances to self-medicate. When alcoholics and addicts decide to get clean and sober, they often experience depression during the first year or two of their recovery while their brain chemistry returns to normal function.
Depression is treatable. The first step to getting appropriate treatment for depression is a physical examination by a physician or psychiatrist. Treatment choice will depend on the outcome of the evaluation. In addition to prescription drug treatment, depression can be successfully treated with hypnotherapy and other holistic methods such as nutritional support and acupuncture.
Finding the Cure for Depression