Depression is the worlds most common mood disorder. Its prevalence around the world is increasing at an astronomical rate.
According to the world health organisation it ranks as the leading cause of disability worldwide and affects close to 120 million people. For Australia, the statistics also suggest that close to 1 million people suffer depression directly. That translates to almost 1 in 20 people. Alarming Statistics. This does not seem to include the indirect effect on families and relationships, which would surely see that number rise exponentially.
Depression has been characterized as a state of low mood and aversion to activity. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, or problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions; and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may be present and respond well to our strategic and solution oriented approach.
Some of the overwhelming aspects that need to be addressed in people with depression is the social aspects. Social learning and the importance of relationships, coping styles and skills etc need to be addressed.
There are many arguments around the use and effectiveness of anti-depressants. and this debate will surely rage on for quite some time.
It is not for us to advise you on whether you should or shouldn’t.
It is our view though that Hypnotherapy and NLP is extremely beneficial to people dealing with depression and for moving beyond that circumstance in the long term.
Recent research including findings from Professor Irving Kirsch suggest that there is actually no link between seratonin and Depression, in fact a recent study presented by Professor Kirsch showed the use of tianeptine which is a seratonin re-uptake enhancer as opposed your typical anti depressants (re-uptake inhibitors), ie tianeptine reduces the amount of seratonin. The study showed, that 63% of Patients responded to Tianeptine and 62% to SRRis concluded that if 2 different drugs that have different effects on seratonin levels brought similar benefits, that it simply couldn’t be because of their specific chemical activity. Professor Kirsch was also responsible for researching the research and discovering that the research showing the 80% effectiveness of antidepressants was also found replicated by the placebo group. Interesting…
Your treatment and use of Antidepressants is something that can only be decided upon and advised upon by your treating physician.