What can cause depression, is it a chemical imbalance?
I have heard so many times, what can cause depression, and how does Hypnotherapy work for Depression, and what is the difference between Hypnotherapy and Rapid Transformational Therapy? So I hope this helps answer all of those questions!
It is often cited that Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance. Although this theory has a ring of truth, it is a very simplistic explanation as there are millions of chemical reactions that are responsible for your mood, and how you experience life.
Researchers are still learning about the biology of depression, what can cause depression, and how the brain regulates your mood, as they can’t explain why these chemicals become imbalanced in the first place. So, this stands to mean that something is causing the chemical imbalance, and it does not just materialise out of thin air.
A diagnosis of Depression
Thirteen years ago, I started having panic attacks and anxiety, which quickly progressed to an extreme lack of motivation. I didn’t want to get out of bed, or talk to anyone, and I would lie awake at night staring at the wall.
I felt like everything was crumbling around me and I couldn’t see a way out. The world looked bleak, and I felt like my life was a shambles, as I bounced around between tears, anxiety, numbness, and nothingness.
When I finally went to the doctor, I was diagnosed with depression. He prescribed anti-depressants, and I asked him how the tablets would help me, and he informed me about chemical imbalances of the brain and a lack of serotonin, and that I would have to take anti-depressants for the rest of my life.
I didn’t like the idea of having to take tablets and I also couldn’t understand how a tablet was going to sort out my life, my fears, anxiety, lack of finances, loneliness, and unresolved past trauma.
I asked what else would help me feel better and he said that he could put me on a waiting list for counselling. I was truly grateful as I would have tried anything.
I got an appointment, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. The last time I had been to a counsellor I was 8 years old after my Dad died. There were quite a few awkward silences but after I finally opened up about what had been happening in my life it was nice to get some things off my chest.
In my experience I wouldn’t say it helped me overcome my issues, I knew that what had happened in my past was weighing on me, but I didn’t know how to let go and free myself from these experiences. I had a lot of emotions still tied up in the past that needed to be released and talking about them didn’t seem to help me get over it.
Someone once told me, if you broke a bone in your body let’s say your leg, then you would go to the doctors to get it fixed, so why not for your mind?
If my leg was broken, I would go to the hospital to get it fixed; an X-ray will then be done to assess the fracture. If the broken bone is still in position, you’ll usually just need a plaster cast, but if it’s misaligned then a doctor may need to put them back into place. Severe fractures are often treated with surgery to realign and fix the broken bones.
After surgery, a plaster cast may be applied to protect the leg. It takes around 6 to 8 weeks for a minor fracture to heal, and severe fractures will usually heal within 3 to 6 months. You may also be sent for regular physiotherapy appointments to help you maintain or regain muscle strength, movement and flexibility.
When you have a mental health illness and go to the doctors, you are diagnosed with depression on the spot, no examination required, there are no tests available to see if you have a chemical imbalance, a short discussion about chemical imbalances and serotonin levels, a prescription of antidepressants, and if you ask, a recommendation to go and talk to someone.
Every week for as many years as necessary, you talk to someone, and for some the rest of their lives without ever actually overcoming depression. All the while you are still taking antidepressants and upping the dose as the doctor feels is necessary.
There is no other treatment plan for any other illness that would require you to simply talk about how much pain you are in for years. “Imagine going to the cardiologist complaining of chest pain and the treatment plan was to talk about how much pain you were in for the next few years or maybe for the rest of your life.”
This is not simply my own experience, but it has been the case for a lot of people I have come in contact with over the years, but it shouldn’t even be one person who has to go through this. I felt so alone through it all.
What can cause depression?
There are actual real reasons as to what can cause depression.
Stressful life event
Having feelings of not being enough
A lack of support/community/family/friends
Not following your heart’s desire.
These are all real reasons as to what can cause depression.
Rapid Transformational Therapy works because rather than treating clients’ presenting symptoms, RTT Therapy extracts the root cause your issues.
We are not born with negative beliefs and habits, we acquire them. RTT Therapy explores those beliefs and helps you to understand and reframe them. By working with the subconscious mind, we uncover what exactly has been holding you back from living the life you deserve.
How does Hypnotherapy work for depression and the differences between RTT and hypnosis.
Rapid transformational Therapy embraces many of the positive aspects of Hypnotherapy that are known to produce a transformative effect on clients: the use of trance, regression and hypnotic conditioning.
However, RTT goes beyond that as when we are in pain no matter if is both physical, and emotional, what we want is rapid results.
The first difference with RTT is it aims to deliver permanent change in a single 90-minute session. Although some clients will need up to 3 sessions.
The second difference with RTT is that it truly empowers you. By using a technique called Role, Function, Purpose, it honours and values the significance that you attach to your issues/problems and then offers a powerful emotional release.
A third difference with RTT is its use of Command Cell therapy as a modality for purposefully healing the body, as opposed to positive conditioning alone.
Lastly, RTT draws out ‘unfinished business’, meaning it is a technique for addressing the trauma that you have been holding onto for many years.
Upgrading the Child offers a therapeutic space for dialogue and communication with significant others. We work together by uncovering the meaning and interpretation of events and then changing them. This leads to permanent powerful change.
When you are in emotional pain it can be difficult to imagine ever feeling something different, or to get better. You may feel that having a mental illness is a life sentence, with just maybe a chance of parole.
With Rapid Transformational Therapy you can get real fast and effective results by getting to the root of the issue, releasing the emotions of the past, creating new neural pathways in the mind, replacing outdated beliefs and behaviours, which leads to profound and long-lasting transformation.
Does Hypnotherapy work for Depression? YES! Your mind is more powerful than anything external you could take; it is up to you to use it to your advantage.
I am not advising you to stop taking antidepressants nor advising you not to seek medical help. If you are not feeling well, you must see a health professional/Doctor to receive medical advice and treatment.
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