Depression is an illness that affects an estimated 200,000 people in Ireland. Women are diagnosed with depression about twice as often as men. The economic cost for this illness is high, but the cost of human suffering is impossible to estimate. Depression interferes with normal functioning and causes pain and suffering not only to those who have the illness, but also to those who care about them. Serious depression can disrupt and destroy family life as well as the life of the ill person.
Depression comes in different forms, just as is the case with other illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Major depression is manifested by a combination of symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, study, sleep, eat and feel joy in every day life. A less severe type of depression, dysthymia involves long-term, chronic symptoms that do not disable, but keep one from functioning well or from feeling good. Many people with dysthymia also experience major depressive episodes at some time in their lives.
Depression CAN Be Helped!
Hypnoanalysis has helped countless people over the years. The aim of Hypnoanalysis is not to ‘control’, or ‘manage’ the problem, the aim is to resolve it completely.
The Symptoms of Depression.
Although there are many different types of depression, and indeed, many different intensities of the symptoms of depression, there are some common symptoms of depression and depressive illness:
- Consistent feelings of sadness, loneliness or tension.
- A reduction in feelings of pleasure associated with activities that have brought pleasure in the past.
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- A change in sleeping patterns: increased sleep, inability to go to sleep, or constant or early waking.
- Lethargy, feeling tired all the time, and having less energy.
- Decreased ability to concentrate or remember.
- Increased pessimistic thoughts.
- A reduction in decision making skills
- Feeling worthless, ashamed, guilty or having a decrease in the level of self-worth or self-esteem.
- An unexplained feeling of restlessness.
- Suicidal thoughts.
Depression and M.S.
Depression is common in M.S and if you have the symptoms, you are not unique, unusual or in any way to blame. Maire has experience in dealing with people with M.S.