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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Treating Recurring Melancholy With Hypnosis

By: Alan B. Densky, CH

Do you worry that your case of seasonal sadness is lasting longer, or is more severe than normal? How do you know whether this is just a short-lived issue, or whether you might have an actual condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Ought you to look for medical help? Learn about the signs of SAD, how this problem affects sufferers, and those treatments that are available.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is not just experiencing sadness after summer has gone. This condition begins in autumn, when the season moves toward winter and daylight hours are shortened. For most people, symptoms typically appear sometime during late summer or early fall. Moreover, because of the severity and consequences of SAD and other types of depression, doctors need extensive evidence of the condition before they are willing to make a definite diagnosis. Despite the fact that signs may be very serious, doctors almost never diagnose a person with SAD until after he or she demonstrates symptoms for a minimum of three winters in a row.

People who experience SAD begin to experience emotions of sadness, decreased enthusiasm, and tend to sleep for excessive periods. They also develop a craving for sugar or candy. Additionally, most people who experience SAD also have immune systems that do not function adequately. Frequently, they become ill much more easily than persons who do not have SAD.

This condition can seriously affect a person's capability of functioning at work or at school. This decreased motivation can make it difficult for a person even to get out of bed and tend to normal activities. Sufferers find it difficult to participate in social situations, or even at home. They often experience times of extreme anxiety and negativity. Sometimes, symptoms become serious and disabling enough that some sufferers even think about suicide and require hospitalization for therapy.

Not surprisingly, females appear to have a higher rate of SAD than men do. Additionally, this condition seems to get better each year when spring arrives. In fact, in March or April, symptoms usually subside or disappear completely - until autumn returns again. This remains true even in states that are frequently dismal all year long. In fact, as many as twenty percent of those who are treated for seasonal depression will eventually exhibit signs of bipolar disorder.

These sufferers primarily tend to be depressed in the winter months, but have normal moods throughout the rest of the year. In some cases, however, individuals report experiencing instances of unexpected mood elevation, which is also called mania. As with other types of depression, SAD can become very serious or even result in disability if left untreated. Additionally, many people suffer from very mild levels of depression; they may experience exhaustion, lack of motivation, and eating difficulties. Such people, however, rarely suffer instances of depressed moods or anxiety.

This type of depression is fairly uncommon in sunny regions such as Florida, Arizona, and Texas. Others, who live in states with many cloudy days, like Indiana, Michigan, or Oregon are at higher risk for developing this condition. Residents of countries such as Denmark, Germany, and Ireland also struggle with SAD.

Medical researchers have tried many different strategies to aid clients recover from this exhausting condition. They have experimented with exposing people to artificial light in an attempt to assist them to produce more serotonin and lessen depression symptoms. Researchers have also used medicines such as antidepressants, as well as supplements, like melatonin, in an attempt to relieve these symptoms of depression. Often, persons who have Seasonal Affective Disorder also seek out psychotherapists when their condition is at its worst.

Each of these therapies result in with different degrees of success. Despite this, all are much more costly and time-consuming than two more recent, innovative techniques. Hypnotherapy practitioners have perfected the art of teaching both NLP and hypnotherapy strategies for depression. Through self-hypnosis, individuals learn to talk themselves out of a depressive period and resolve their symptoms. These innovative therapies, hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, have resulting in an astonishing amount of benefit in assisting people to recover from, and avoid future occurrences of SAD.

Summary: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of winter blues that reappears each year at almost the same time. Only persons who face this condition can decide whether they will continue battling the symptoms alone, year after year, or to seek help in resolving this condition once and for all. Hypnosis and Neuro-Linguistic Programming for depression are both beneficial, innovative treatments that promise a quick escape from these feelings without spending excessive amounts of money or energy.

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Alan B. Densky, CH specializes in stress and depression related symptoms as an NGH certified hypnotist. He's helped thousands of clients since 1978. He offers hypnosis depression therapy CDs. Visit his Neuro-VISION hypnotherapy website for the hypnosis article library, or watch his free videos on hypnosis.

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