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Could you be depressed and not even know it?

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

Anxious news headlines, economic conditions, health concerns, and shorter winter days can take a toll. If you experience these symptoms, take care of your mental health.

Not feeling as alert as you normally do? Feeling "fuzzy" or low-energy or confused? If you have trouble prioritizing small tasks or have difficulty making decisions that are routinely easy, like what groceries to buy or when to top off the car's gas tank, these signs could all point to signs of depression.

The stress and strain of today's troubled economy and the long cold winter months can have a negative effect on some people's emotional state. Even though the days are starting to get longer, daylight is still short, which can leave one feeling out of sorts.

Signs of Depression

All of us get the blues at some point in our lives, but it is important to recognize the signs of depression like sad feelings, unexplained crying, apathy, poor job performance and for individuals in school, declining grades. When symptoms like these last for longer than two weeks, they may be a sign of depression. Which means you could benefit from some level of therapy or medication.

Be Proactive Being proactive about your mental health and taking care of yourself can help alleviate depression and mood swings. Engaging in exercise, going for a walk or meeting friends or family for coffee or some fun activity are recommended mood boosters. It is important to eat a balanced diet, get enough rest at night, do nice things for yourself or find a hobby to help occupy your time.

Depression is Highly Treatable Depression is a highly treatable illness. The most important thing is to connect with a professional who can help you restore emotional balance, peace and happiness in your life. People should not feel anxious about seeing a therapist or taking medication if needed for depression.

Hypnosis for Depression Relief

A treatment that is being used more and more for depression is hypnosis. Hypnosis is a very effective and versatile tool for focusing the mind and using the power of suggestion to change behavior in ways you desire. In fact, hypnotherapy has been recognized as a powerful therapeutic practice by the American Medical Association since 1958.

Shifting the Mood

Hypnotherapy can help you begin to move in a positive direction and take steps towards healthier behaviors with uplifting and mood-shifting activities. Through hypnotherapy you can learn coping skills to relieve anxiety and overcome depression.

Dr. Cynthia Davis, Ph.D., is a certified hypnotherapist conducting a full range of services in-office or on Zoom or Skype.

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