Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It is complex and therefore difficult to diagnose, and has many causes. Depression affects an increasing number of people. Depression can be debilitating for the sufferer but also impacts on family, friends and working life.

It could be said that depression is an unhealthy response to sadness, loss and failure. It is thought that 70% of depressed people also suffer from anxiety and that depression could be a way of protecting the body from excess anxiety.

Some typical patterns that tend to be a feature of depressed thinking are:

  • Global thinking - thinking that everything is negative and failing to notice any of the positives.
  • A low tolerance of ambiguity and uncertainty. Often people who are depressed are also perfectionists.
  • Listening to their own negative and often self - critical thoughts - and believing them.
  • Rumination - thoughts going endlessly round and round.
  • Inactivity.

Mild depression is characterised by a general sense of feeling fed up, mild irritability, low response to events and a low level of anxiety.

Moderate depression is characterised by a lower mood, loss of libido, appetite problems, tearfulness, feelings of worthlessness, early morning waking or sleeping all day, and possible suicidal thoughts.

Severe depression is much more intense, possibly hearing voices in the head.

The latest research indicates that genetic factors are less significant in the development of depression than are environmental ones.

It also shows that although some drugs can be effective in helping people feel and sleep better, the best way of treating depression is to teach more useful thinking patterns (see Newsweek article). This can be in conjunction with or independent of drug treatment, dependent on the severity of the case.

There is little doubt that how one thinks can affect the neurotransmitter levels in the brain, just as the level of neurotransmitters affects how one thinks. So changing a habitual thought pattern for a more useful one can have a physiological impact. Hypnotherapy seeks to help the sufferer do this.


How hypnotherapy and NLP can help

As depression has many causes it is generally not considered fruitful to spend time investigating the past - rather to concentrate on the present and future. Cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal type approaches have a great deal of success in helping people rationalise their thinking. They learn to sort for whether the evidence really warrants thinking negatively (and consequently feeling bad), or not.

Hypnotherapy and NLP, when combined with such an approach, helps the person with depression to build new coping skills, and helps make a positive future more believable and therefore achievable. These skills give the person the knowledge that there is something they can do and relieves the feelings of hopelessness.

Hypnotherapy and NLP also help the individual access the emotional resources that they already have - and are usually unaware of. People often say that they are beginning to feel more positive, lighter, as if a burden has been lifted.

One of the most useful contributions to recovering from depression is the ability to sleep - and hypnotherapy has a good track record in helping people sleep easily and completely.

How using the Alpha-Stim can help

Numerous clinical trials and surveys have shown that a high proportion of people suffering from depression experience significant improvement in mood as a result of using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) as supplied by the Alpha-Stim.  Typically, patients use the Alpha-Stim for an hour a day, which day by day has a cumulative effect, enhancing production of Serotonin and Beta Endorphins.  People say "I feel better".  They are in a far better place to take on board new coping skills as dexcribed above.