Do you feel robbed of liveliness and energy? Or you long to feel happy, yet you experience a gulf of emptiness inside that nothing can fill. The menacing presence of a heavy heart, waves of anxiety, or crabby irritability is sign of depression. Depression can become an unwanted companion casting a shadow on every aspect of your life.
Depression can see into an individual's body and mind like a slow leak into the basement of a house, or it can arrive like a windstorm, coming suddenly and with dramatic force. It is a condition in which you feel discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. When these feelings last for a short period of time, it may be a case of “the blues.” But when such feelings last for more than two weeks and when the feelings interfere with daily activities such as taking care of family, spending time with friends, or going to work or school, it's probably a major depressive episode.
Human experiences and memories, especially in the childhood, are not forgotten but rather hardwired and stored in your brain. The lifelong collection of negative experiences or memories are pivotal in causing the depression within you. It will affect your physical, mental and emotional health which may give rise to: –
- Difficulty in sleeping and become restless
- Weight issue either excess weight gain or loss
- Physical symptoms such as fatigue, headache, digestive-related problems, body ache
- Emotional symptoms such as frustration, anxiety, listlessness, agitation, lack of energy
How to overcome depression?
The most common recommendation is to attempt talk or drug therapy. Talking therapy involves talking to someone who is trained to help you deal with your negative feelings, and explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behavior and mood. Although the treatment can be exceptionally helpful, it does not reach the deep physical roots of depression. It affects perceptions and perspectives and helps us to change the way we relate to ourselves and others. This is wonderful, but it is often not enough.
On the other hand, I believe, treating depression with drugs alone is like taking Panadol to relieve fever caused by infection. Panadol merely reduces the fever and makes the patient feel more comfortable. It does not address the cause of the infection. Least have we considered other side-effects that drugs may lead to.
What other ways to heal depression? Hypnotherapy
To overcome depression and have happiness in life, I believe in infusing vitality into our body, mind and spirit to bring back the happiness within you. You see, we are all born with happiness, ie happiness is our birthright.
However, we also create negative thoughts and experiences that influence our perspectives and emotions, and these blocks our ability to experience happiness. The byproduct of these negative thoughts and experiences is depression.