Several years ago I was diagnosed with severe depression. One day I felt fine and the next i didn’t want to get out of bed. Family and friends all asked what was wrong with me, a perfectly natural question of course. But for those suffering with depression the answer is far from easy to explain. The simple fact was I didn’t know what was wrong with me, i couldn’t find an answer, nothing to put my finger on. I only knew that i had no energy, I was mentally fatigued and my overriding attitude was I just couldn’t be bothered.
It is such a frustrating time for everyone directly and indirectly involved with depression. Loved ones just want to help, to find a way of raising your spirits and getting you back into the world again. But if you suffer with depression you simply don’t know what can help because you don’t always know what the issue is or where it came from or how long it will last. Personally I found some comfort in going for a walk, ever so brief of course.
My whole life revolved getting out of bed in the late afternoon and watching television, eating, sleeping repeating. I felt so isolated, fed up of knowing each day was being lost and I was gradually being left behind. Ultimately I felt like I didn’t belong and that I was different to everyone else. Several years later I now embrace being different.
I am special, unique, I don’t want to be like everyone else, I’m Michael Pulman!
Before I continue with how I found my zest for life lets talk about the signs of depression. If you suffer with the following symptoms constantly over a two week period or more then please make an appointment to speak with your doctor.
- irritable, restless
- loss of interest in most normal activities
- anxious, sad, feeling alone
- thoughts of suicide
- guilt, helplessness
- lower self esteem
- losing focus, lack of concentration
- low libido
- lack of sleep or over sleeping
- constantly tired
- lack of appetite, over eating
- low energy
Add to these symptoms social factors such as
- avoiding work, university, college, school
- making excuses not to see family and friends
- dropping out of your usual social engagements, the gym, recreational activities, social clubs etc
Please contact your doctor if you suffer with any of those symptoms for two weeks or more.I know from experience its tough making that initial call. At the time of my depression I felt I wasn’t a real man, I felt weak and silly, that people wouldn’t care or understand. I was wrong! My doctor was patient and understanding. My family were supportive and caring. Talking about your feelings is a hugely positive and progressive step forward. Don’t suffer in silence.
Hypnotherapy for Depression
Back to my story. My doctor prescribed me medication and group counselling. I duly took the prescribed pills and started the group sessions over a three month period. At that time I felt no better, no worse. Still to this day I don’t know what made me do it but I searched on the internet about complementary medicines. It was there that I learned about hypnotherapy. With the guidance of a professional hypnotherapist I went deep into my subconscious and found the reasons for my depression. It allowed me to ask questions and over the course of several months I found the answers.
Hypnotherapy needs no medication or group counselling, although for many this form of action can help many people. I learned that within my mind I actually knew why I was depressed and it gave me all the tools I needed to leave that big black cloud for good.
My sessions are one to one and held in the strictest of confidence. Talk to a therapist who can relate, understand and empathise with you. Consultations are free.