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Feelings of sadness happen to all of us at times. Most of the time these feelings are temporary and will pass. However, this passing condition should not be confused with depression. Depression is an illness over a longer period that may come and go with no obvious trigger. There are different levels of depression. These range from mild to severe. When the condition lingers it usually becomes known as clinical depression which affects our daily functioning in our lives. Sometimes it can be hard to recognise signs of depression in ourselves or others. Someone who is depressed may not necessarily seem sad as such from the outside and could appear to be short tempered, angry, or restless. Depression is a real medical illness, and is not a simple question of just ‘snapping out of it’. When we are in a depressed state, the chemical factory in the brain (hypothalamus) goes into virtual shutdown and we don’t produce any neurotransmitter chemicals (Seratonin) that the brain needs. This has a knock on effect to all the body’s system leading to feelings of lethargy, a lack of energy and motivation. Of course, no-one wants to remain in this place, but unless we break the negative cycle somehow, the symptoms can become persistent with detrimental effects in our lives. Some people do manage to break out of a negative cycle just by being more aware of contributing factors and making changes to daily routine. Adequate periods of quality rest can help enormously or addressing required changes to some aspects of their lifestyle. Some simple things like not watching 24 hour doom and gloom news channels or stopping watching trashy TV all help. Other obvious changes like cutting down or eliminating alcohol, drugs and tobacco, all of which have an considerable effect on brain function, can also help. One of the best changes to introduce is to have a regular exercise regime, especially with activities involving other people, like walking running, swimming, or cycling with a friend.
Some common symptoms of depression
Using a combination of techniques, I am able to induce a relaxed state and as you relax, this can help let go of unwanted feelings . By letting go of the fear based emotions we enable absorption of new positive suggestions. As we do, the chemical balance and energy in the emotional and physical system is restored. Imagine this to be like a private line connecting directly with the calm rational (boss) pre frontal cortex area of the brain, without the interference of the negative and more primitive (security guard) amygdala being able to interrupt or disturb this new plan. The boss can now communicate with the hypothalamus (chemical factory) at the same time archiving unwanted templates and you can once again act on these newly installed instructions from a calm and relaxed and positive perspective. The hypothalamus can now produce the seratonin once again, enabling the emotional levels to be elevated and the physical body to respond accordingly. Dealing with depression usually takes multiple sessions to fully resolve. Please be patient for this process of change to take full effect.