Thursday, 19 July 2012


Although depression is often a taboo topic to talk about, it seems to resurface from time to time and everyone has an opinion on how it should be tackled.

So let's start with some figures. Almost 1 in 10 people in the UK suffer from depression, exact numbers are difficult to measure as many suffer in silence and do not get help or no formal diagnosis is made. However it is certain that the figures are increasing and bringing awareness to the general public is of importance for all health care practitioners.

  • fatigue
  • worthlessness
  • constantly pessimistic 
  • erratic behaviour/ change in mood state
  • change in appetite
  • thoughts of death/ suicide
  • anxiety
  • change in sleep pattern
These are just a few symptoms, there are many more.

There are several types of depression some you may have heard of including: major depression, bipolar/ manic depression, and post natal.


There generally is a causative factor for people's depression. Job situations, family problems, grievance, low self esteem, loneliness, abuse. Research has also shown there may be a link with depression and the imbalance of the hormone Cortisol. 
Some people will have phases of depression and through the correct support and guidance recover. However sadly not everyone is brave or has the correct support and as a result their depression can spiral out of control and become something more serious.

Depression and Manual Therapy
From time to time as a manual therapist we will come across patients/clients who express or show signs of depression. Some patients will be open about their feelings and some may give subtle hints probing you to ask further questions. Patients will often come to Health and Harmony seeking help for aches and pains and through treatment reveal implications of depression. It is important to acknowledge and advise carefully what patients should do. If you are able to help through treatment and they are seeing the benefit then continue. If you think it is more serious referring to a counsellor would be advisable. 

Hypnotherapy and NLP treatment gives patients the opportunity to talk to a qualified therapist and treat depression as an actual problem. At Health and Harmony the hypnotherapist will touch on various subjects and get to the root cause of the depression.

Coming to terms with depression is difficult however acknowledging that you have a problem is the first step, do not forget that there is help out there.

For more advice or to make an appointment with our hypnotherapist Indy please get in touch.

Health and Harmony 

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