Treating Recurrent Blues With Hypnotherapy
Are you becoming concerned
that your bout with seasonal sadness is lasting longer, or is
more severe than you have previously experienced? How do you know
if this is only a temporary issue, or if you could have an actual
case of Seasonal Affective Disorder(SAD)? Do you need to seek
counseling? Educate yourself about the symptoms of SAD, how it
can affect you, and what therapies are most helpful.
SAD is not just feeling
"down" when the weather is bad. This condition starts
to develop when the fall season begins to change to winter and
the days become shorter. The majority of people experience symptoms
sometime during late summer or early fall. Moreover, because of
the severity and consequences of SAD and other types of depression,
doctors require extensive evidence of the condition before they
are willing to make a definite diagnosis. Even though symptoms
may be very severe, doctors rarely diagnose a patient with SAD
before he or she shows strong evidence of the disorder for at
least three winters in a row.
Those who are affected
by this condition start to experience feelings of depression,
reduced motivation, and often sleep for long periods. Furthermore,
they develop a dependence on sugar or candy. Additionally, the
majority of persons who experience SAD also have immune systems
that do not function adequately. Frequently, they develop illnesses
much sooner than people who do not suffer from SAD.
This condition can
negatively decrease a person's ability to function professionally
or at school. This decreased motivation can make getting out of
bed or engaging in one’s usual daily activities difficult. Sufferers
have trouble participating in social situations, or even at home.
These persons often experience times of intense anxiety and irritability.
Sometimes, symptoms become severe and disabling enough that some
sufferers even think about suicide and require hospitalization
females seem to experience SAD more frequently than men do. Additionally,
this disorder usually improves yearly at springtime. In fact,
in March or April, symptoms usually decrease or disappear completely
- until the following autumn. This is the case even in states
that are frequently cloudy or rainy throughout the entire year.
In fact, as many as one-fifth of those who are treated for seasonal
depression will at some point develop symptoms of bipolar disorder.
These people primarily
tend to be depressed during wintertime, but report normal moods
throughout the rest of the year. At times, however, individuals
report experiencing instances of unexpected elation, which is
also called mania. As with other types of depression, SAD can
become very serious and even disabling if left untreated. Additionally,
some individuals suffer from very mild forms of SAD; they may
struggle with exhaustion, decreased vigor, and loss of appetite.
These individuals, however, rarely endure instances of depressed
moods or anxiety.
This kind of depression
is relatively rare in sunny areas such as Tennessee, southern
California, and even Colorado. Others, who reside in places with
a large number of cloudy days, like Ohio, Illinois, or Washington
are at higher risk for developing this condition. Residents of
countries including Finland, Sweden, and England also face an
increased risk of seasonal depression.
have attempted a number of alternative approaches to assist affected
individuals recover from this debilitating condition. They have
tried exposing people to artificial light in an attempt to help
them produce more serotonin and reduce depression symptoms. Researchers
have also used medicines such as anti-anxiety drugs, and supplements,
like melatonin, in an attempt to relieve these symptoms of depression.
Often, those who develop this condition also seek out psychiatrists
during those times when they are suffering most greatly.
Each of these techniques
have been used with varying degrees of effectiveness. All, however,
are significantly more costly and time-consuming than two recently
introduced, innovative methods. Hypnotherapy practitioners have
perfected the art of coaching clients to learn both NLP and hypnotherapy
strategies for depression. Using self-hypnosis, people learn to
talk themselves out of a depressive period and resolve their symptoms.
These innovative treatments, hypnotherapy and NLP, have resulting
in a phenomenal degree of success in helping individuals to heal
from, and avoid future problems with SAD.
Summary: Seasonal Affective Disorder
season. Only those who struggle with this problem are able to
choose whether they wish to continue battling the symptoms alone,
over and over, or to seek assistance in healing from this condition
forever. Hypnosis and NLP to treat seasonal
depression are two effective, innovative therapies that
promise a quick relief from these feelings without spending enormous
amounts of money or energy.
Alan B. Densky, CH
specializes in depression and stress related symptoms as an NGH
certified hypnotist. He has helped thousands of clients since
1978. He supplies CDs for hypnotic
depression therapy. Visit his Neuro-VISION
NLP site for the hypnosis article library, or watch
video hypnosis collection.