Anxiety and depression often come hand in hand and are two of the most common mental health concerns in our society. Both of the conditions are not the same however it is often seen that clients with depression also experience anxiety and those suffering from anxiety disorders often do feel depressed.

What is depression?

Depression is common and affects more than 350 million people globally each year. Some common depression symptoms include:

  • Feeling fatigue or having less energy
  • Feeling of guilt, worthlessness, or hopelessness
  • Sleep disorders (too much or too little)
  • Change in weight and appetite (too much or too little)
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in regular day-to-day activities and tasks
  • Persistent physical issues such as pain in the body, headaches, digestive issues, etc
  • Difficulties in concentrating or thinking, memory loss
  • Persistent feeling of being sad, anxious, or having “empty” feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm.

Many people find their depression affecting their family life, work, school, relationships, eating habits, sleeping habits, and general health. Depression is treatable however only 50 % of people seek treatment for their condition. Treatment options vary from person to person and include anti-depressants as well as psychotherapy sessions.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is often a normal reaction to stress. Occasional feelings of anxiety are normal that most of us experience at work, during exams, getting married, speaking in public, and making other important decisions. However, anxiety often does not go away and usually gets worse with time. The condition known as anxiety disorder affects 1 out every 4 people in Australia, making it one of the most common mental illnesses of Australia.

Symptoms of anxiety disorder vary depending upon the condition of the individual and may include:

  • Feeling panic, fear, and uneasiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Cold or sweaty hands or feet
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Dry mouth
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numbness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches and muscle aches

Those suffering from anxiety disorders often withdraw from their surroundings and avoid people or places. Anxiety is treatable and many individuals experiencing anxiety disorder lead a normal life with medication, psychotherapy, and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

How can you reduce anxiety and depression?

Many individuals are able to reduce their anxiety and depression by following a few self-help tips such as:

  1. Taking long, deep breaths
  2. Being active
  3. Spending time/ exercising outdoors
  4. Getting plenty of sleep
  5. Eating healthy and nutritious foods
  6. Drinking lots of water
  7. Connecting with their family and friends
  8. Accepting the things you can’t change
  9. Exercise, meditation and yoga are all helpful in relieving the symptoms of depression and anxiety
  10. Take time out for yourself and do the things that you enjoy

Hypnosis for anxiety and depression:

Hypnosis is being used for many purposes in the modern day and is considered as one of the most effective treatments for various mental issues. The alternative form of treatment works by suggesting to the client’s subconscious mind different ways to cope with undesirable situations.

Hypnotism is commonly used to reduce anxiety and depression.  It is a drug free method of treatment that many find beneficial. If you believe that your anxiety and depression is getting worse with each passing day, maybe you may wish to give hypnotherapy an opportunity to relieve your symptoms as you continue your search for a solution that works for you. Often many people report that they feel like a lost cause, however depressed states and depression is treatable and can help you lead a life that is right and mentally healthy for you once again.

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