Symptoms of Depression

Many times in our lives we feel down, tired, and listless, however, these temporary moods pass and we return...

Many times in our lives we feel down, tired, and listless, however, these temporary moods pass and we return to our usual selves and enjoy the good things in life like family, friends, a holiday get-away and so on. These moments of feeling blue are not to be confused with depression. According to psychology studies, depression is described as follows. “Depression is a “whole-body” illness, involving your body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression.”

There are a variety of symptoms brought about by depression and they can vary among sufferers. The severity of depression is also different from person to person. Depression negatively affects how we think, feel, our behaviour, and our physical sense of well being. With depression, the individual becomes acutely aware of these negative changes.

THINKING: You may have difficulty with concentrating and decision making. You also may become more forgetful and your thinking is more negative than before. You may become more self-critical, be guilt ridden, and pessimistic.

FEELING: You may feel sad and no longer enjoy things and activities that once gave you pleasure. You may also feel apathetic and unmotivated. A feeling of being tired and run down is pervasive. You become more irritable and short-tempered.

BEHAVIOUR: You may no longer enjoy the company of others and withdraw from them. Your eating habits change and you may begin to eat more or less. Crying much more often may become evident because of feeling so unhappy. Your libido may diminish and you may refrain from sexual activities. Chronic complaining may predominate and you lose your temper in out bursts. Your work as well as household productivity levels drop and you don’t feel like getting out of bed.

PHYSICAL WELL BEING: A common change is experiencing chronic fatigue accompanied with spending more time sleeping. It is also possible you may experience sleeplessness and lay in bed awake for hours on end or wake up several times during the night. Instead, you may over sleep and despite sleeping for so long, still feel tired. You may also complain of aches and pains that seem to have no foundation. Another change you may experience is restlessness and you cannot sit still.

If you have many of these symptoms and they last for several weeks, you may be suffering from depression.  The symptoms of depression are treatable and instead of suffering, you should take the initiative and do something about it. There is help.


Hypnosis is an effective method of treating symptoms of depression. It is long lasting and produces results. Hypnosis addresses the underlying issues and causes that bring about depression. It gets directly to your problems through speaking to the subconscious mind which storehouses the root causes of how you are feeling. A combination of hypnosis and coaching, working together in hypnosis/hypnotherapy, reveal the sources of your symptoms of depression in order to influence positive change. Nicole Raza is a qualified and professionally recognized certified hypnotherapist and can dialogue with your subconscious and help extract negative stimuli (memories, negative thought patterns and imprints, etc) from your mind. Together, under her guidance, you can refocus your mind on more positive thoughts, goals, and behaviours. Nicole can assist you in seeing life issues and concerns from a totally different and more positive perspective. You can lead a happy and productive life. Hypnosis works.