Some people call it the 'blues' and some people call it the 'pits' and some just call it 'feeling down in the dumps'. But whatever you call it, it doesn't feel very good at all.
The most common types of depression:
Major Depression, which is characterized by a sad mood, sleep disorders, and the lack of desire for food. Often when a person is in a major depression, there is a total lack of motivation and drive and the sufferer doesn't want to participate in life. Some people are completely disabled by depression, and some even consider suicide.
Dysthymia: This is a less severe form of long-term depression that generally does not totally disable the individual. But it prevents the person from feeling motivated and functioning at optimum levels. Sometimes people who are suffering with Dysthymia also suffer from Major Depression, and when this occurs it is referred to as double-depression.
Manic Depression is
also known as Bipolar Disorder. This type of depression is
less common than the first two. It involves cycles of the
Manic state, alternated with the depressed state. This is
often a long-term recurring disorder. Sometimes the mood
swings are very rapid. But more often they tend to be
There are many variations of depression; the above are only
the three most common.
Some of the symptoms of depression are:
Sadness; anxiety; pessimism; Insomnia and sleep disorders;
guilt; feelings of worthlessness; weight loss; fatigue;
restlessness; headaches; pain; and thoughts of suicide.
Sources of Depression:
Some types of depression
run in families. Living in a stressful environment can lead
to a depression. A trauma such as a serious loss, financial
problems, or problems in a relationship can also precipitate
Women are twice as likely to become depressed as men are,
but scientists do not know why.
If you are suffering from depression, you will want to
consult with your physician. He may prescribe drugs for you.
But you should keep in mind that every drug has side
Wouldn't it be amazing if you could control and eliminate
your depression just by thinking certain thoughts? I know
that this might sound too simple, but very often; various
types of depression are simply caused by thinking negative
Don't believe me? Then test it out! It's really quite basic
and simple. Just use your imagination to think about
something that you find very sad or troubling. Go ahead,
think about it right now! Then come back to this article.
Okay, so what happened? If you really got into it and
visualized the sad situation, you began to feel sad and a
little depressed. And the longer you allow yourself to stay
in that thought pattern, the sadder you will feel. As you
stay in those thoughts and keep feeling sadder, you lead
yourself into a gradually deepening depression.
The good news is that if you think about a happy memory,
then you will displace that sadness and depression and
replace it with happy feelings.
Listen closely now, because here are the solutions to
eliminating your depression: Our persistent thoughts spring
forth from our unconscious mind. These are the thoughts that
we find ourselves automatically thinking about throughout
If the persistent thoughts that keep popping into your head
are about your problems or sad experiences, then you
increase your levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Now here is the 'Light at the end of the tunnel': Since
hypnosis is a medium that we can use to change our
unconscious thoughts, my NLP and self
hypnosis stress management CD's will rapidly alter the
way that you think, feel, and behave. The beauty here is
that the same exact techniques that work for stress
management also work just as well for eliminating
Listen to me now, because I'm going to tell you exactly why
and how it's going to happen. Hypnosis is a natural state of
mind. Actually, it's the Alpha state of consciousness. We
pass through the Alpha state as we fall asleep at night. And
we pass through it again as we awaken in the morning. We
also enter the Alpha state when we are imagining and
The unconscious mind is the seat of our emotions, and it's
like a computer; the input controls the output! Hypnosis is
an excellent tool for reaching directly into the unconscious
mind and reprogramming it to automatically divert away from
negative thoughts, and towards positive thoughts. It's a
tool that allows you to bypass the consciousness to create
positive expectations, which will then create positive
feelings. You can overcome depression through hypnotherapy.
© 2008 By Alan B.
Densky, CH. This
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B. Densky, CH is a certified consulting hypnotist and NLP
Practitioner. Mr. Densky began his career in 1978, and has
help thousands of clients over the years. He offers self-hypnosis
CDs for a wide variety of topics including depression
treatments, stress management, weight
cessation and self-confidence.
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