What is depression? Depression is a serious medical condition that can worsen without professional care and treatment. It is important to realise that feeling down, sad or upset at times is a normal part of life. Depression however, can be more than a constant state of sadness or feeling ‘blue’.

Family history. Depression is a higher risk factor if you have a family history with depression or another mood disorder.

Early childhood trauma. Some events affect the way your body reacts to fear and stressful situations.

Brain structure. There is a greater risk of depression if the frontal lobe of your brain is less active. Scientists cannot be certain if this happens before or after the onset of depressive symptoms.

Medical conditions. Certain conditions may place you at higher risk, such as chronic illness, insomnia, chronic pain or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Drug use. A history of drug or alcohol misuse can affect your risk.

Other risk factors include: low self-esteem or being self-critical, certain medications, loss of a loved one, financial difficulties and divorce.

Depression is classified as a mood disorder but it affects individuals in different ways. It may interfere with your daily work and can interfere with motivation and basic self-care.

Because depression can be linked to other health problems, in the first instance contact your doctor who may also conduct a physical examination and order blood tests. Sometimes thyroid problems or a Vitamin D deficiency can trigger symptoms of depression. Food intolerances, sugar, dairy, gluten and wheat can contribute or cause depression in individuals with these sensitivities. So if you suffer with IBS or gut health issues, it may save you a lot of future pain by getting yourself tested.

Don’t ignore the symptoms of depression. If your mood doesn’t improve or it gets worse, seek medical help. Many of the techniques I use, EFT, NLP and Hypnotherapy may be able to accelerate your results. Depression is never a quick fix, but with a strong mindset and a clear purpose, anything is possible. Get in touch for a FREE discovery session, I’d love to help you – Suzi x +447836635233

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