By 2030, depression will be the leading burden of disease worldwide¹. Depression, like most mental health concerns runs the continuum of severity. It can be mild or major. It can last from weeks to months. It can involve anxiety symptoms as well. Depression is primarily characterised by sadness and/or loss of pleasure in nearly all activities. Additionally, there may be symptoms such as changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and psychomotor activity (changes in both mental and physical responsiveness and/or activity).
A depressed person may struggle with feelings of low self worth, recurrent thoughts of dying, as well as difficulty concentrating or making decisions. In children and adolescents the mood is often manifested as irritability rather than sadness. Some people may deny having feelings of sadness; instead they may report feeling numb or having no feelings at all.
- It is important to look at how severely ones functioning may be impaired. If the persons level of functioning has been significantly impaired, i.e. they are having difficulty performing their daily routine, seek professional help immediately. A trip to the family doctor to rule out any medical conditions that might be causing the mood disorder is a good place to start.
- Assess whether there have been any significant changes in circumstances, relationships etc. that may be contributing to the depression.
- If your loved one indicates they have a plan or intentions to self harm, take action immediately to get help. The following help line is available:
Emergency | 000
Lifeline | 13 11 14
Don’t Wait To Get Help
One of the biggest reasons people do not seek help is the shame they feel about having a mental illness. The reality is that our minds are vulnerable to illness just like our bodies. There is no shame in developing the flu or some other medical condition, so why is there with the mind? Those who avoid seeking help because of the shame they feel only languish longer than necessary.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help?
Hypnotherapy can help a person gain perspective about their illness; resolve problems that may be contributing to the depression and assist the person in developing coping skills. Relief is available for difficulties that plague our minds. It is important to understand that you are not alone and there is help out there. If you are in need of some coping strategies, feel free to schedule your obligation free strategy session today.
World Health Organization. (2008). The global burden of disease: 2004 update. WHO: Geneva.