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Depression, what it really is and how hypnotherapy can treat it

Depression has become a growing epidemic in society today and many people are turning to drugs to help them feel better and cope with their lives. But first we must understand what we are really dealing with here.

What doctors call depression in some people is often simply a persistent unhappy emotional response to life: depressed emotions, intense sadness, often accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, despair, low energy, self-loathing or guilt. In the 19th century this emotional state was called ''melancholy,'' and it was believed to result from an excess of black bile in the body. During the 20th century it was termed ''depression,'' then designated as a ''disease,'' and finally described as a ''chemical imbalance'' in the brain. Soon it became common to speak of ''clinical depression.'' Whatever we call it, it's basically unhappiness: a negative emotional response to life.

Everyone wants to be happy, but there is little agreement about how to help depressed people feel good. Increasingly in our society - the same society that invented the concept of clinical depression - the trend is to focus on chemical imbalances and medicines designed to correct them. We've all heard the brand names before: Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, Celexa, Paxil. Doctors call this class of drugs ''selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors,'' or SSRIs, but they're more commonly referred to as antidepressants.

What they do is artificially cause an excess of the neurotransmitter serotonin to accumulate in the brain's synapses, the idea being that the brain will respond with more activity, and hence, more happiness. It is certainly true that unhappy emotions are the result of chemical reactions in the brain. So are all emotions. But there are significant problems with the idea of relying on drugs to regulate feelings. For one, serotonin is only one of hundreds of brain chemicals, and very little is known about them or their relationships to each other. Little wonder that research studies and clinical trials are very sketchy on the question if SSRIs work at all, let alone in ways we might desire.

In some studies, depressive symptoms respond just as well to placebos as SSRIs. For another, there is evidence suggesting that SSRIs are dangerous, especially for children and adolescents, and can actually increase thoughts of suicide - and homicide.

Self-discovery through hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can be a very rewarding and fulfilling way to ease depression. Once we begin to question the fundamental premises of our life and realize that the reality we believed in and were taught to believe in about how we are, how relationships with others should be, and how our emotions are affecting us isn't reality at all! Then we begin to see and understand the truth, what life is really about and once we have this new understanding, then we can conquer our fears, gain wisdom, and win the keys to the great secrets of happiness. We no longer feel like the victim of circumstances, but we are on the way to being the creative force in our life.

Your mind is your most valuable resource. It is your birthright. Through hypnotherapy we can teach you to use your mind to build a better future—to create your own destiny.

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So here is the big question...how do you become happy?...

The way is to start with our self. To get to know and understand our selves on all levels, including our family history, our emotions, our body and spirit...for we are much more than we think we are. Self-discovery through hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can be very rewarding and fulfilling. Once we begin to question the fundamental premises of our life and realize that the reality we believed in and were taught to believe in about how we are, how relationships with others should be, and how our emotions are affecting us isn't reality at all!

Then we begin to see and understand the truth, what life is really about and once we have this new understanding, then we can conquer our fears, gain wisdom, and win the keys to the great secrets of happiness. We then realise Its easy to take personal responsibility to make logical choices, set goals and work towards a happy future. We no longer feel like the victim of circumstances, but we are on the way to being the creative force in our life.

Book a hypnotherapy session with Lorna and she will gently guide you to self-awareness and reconnect with your authentic self. To lift the veil of depression and show you how to take control of your life and to learn to take responsibility for your own life and happiness.

Lorna uses a blend of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy which works well for the majority of clients and helps them to gain self awareness of issues, to motivate and facilitate the desired changes.

*Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee specific results. Results can vary from person to person.