Understand the Cycle of Depression

Understand the Cycle of Depression

In my previous newsletter on anxiety and depression I discussed how it has a ripple effect from the individual out to family, relationships, work and physical well-being. Due to high emotional arousal and physical exhaustion a depressed or anxious person becomes de-motivated and isolates him/herself from relationships and pleasurable activities – he/she simply does not understand the cycle of depression and will feel weak and vulnerable.
A depressed brain is a stressed brain with high levels of cortisol, of stress hormone, and the person will find it difficult to think clearly and logically. The first step, therefore, is to slow everything down by practicing self-hypnosis and meditation so that the person can make contact with that part of themself to start to identify what needs are not being met. We all have primary human needs, both physical and emotional that if not met, will cause problems. In our busy day-to-day lives it is perhaps not possible to meet all our needs fully;