Depression, gloom, pessimism, despair, discouragement, these slay ten human beings to every one murdered by typhoid, influenza, diabetes or pneumonia. If tuberculosis is the great white plague, then fear is the great black plague.
Depresssion comes in many forms. Sometimes it can be a feeling of sadness that remains for weeks, months and years. Often the feelings are so intense that work can become overwhelming and you don't want to be with your family and friends. You may also stop finding pleasure in the things you usually do.
If you are depressed, you may feel constantly tired, hopeless, disconnected with the world and worthless.
As many as one in 10 of us develops some form of depression in our lives, and one in 50 has severe depression.
Symptoms of depression include:
Feeling anxious or worried
Feelings of guilt
Feeling irritable and intolerant of others
Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
Lack of motivation and less interest, and difficulty in making decisions
Lack of enjoyment
Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming someone else
Reduced sex drive
Difficulty in making decisions
In our first session, I would help you to begin clearing out any past baggage that might be weighing you down and preventing you from moving on. It can sometimes take more than one session to train your mind to think positively and not revert to old patterns. To help strengthen your mind, I will show you exercises and techniques including visualisation which can provide self support between our sessions.
After suffering from depression a considerable period, for the past two years James had been taking prescribed antidepressants.
During our session we established that a major cause of his depression lay in a previous relationship. The strength of his anger and resentment toward his ex partner was so extreme that it had completely destroyed his peace of mind. It was clear to both of us that, so long as these feelings persisted, his mental problems would continue.
Having established the cause, we were able to set him free from the burden of these destructive feelings. Since the session, James tells me that his outlook and approach to life have changed and he is now filled with hope and positivity for his future.