5-HTP: Can It Help With Depression?

5-HTP is one of the supplements that has been gaining popularity in recent years, especially as a way to boost serotonin levels. In this blog post, I’m looking at the evidence behind 5-HTP and whether it’s a good bet for treating depression and other health problems.

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Mental Health and Loneliness At Christmas and New Year

We often think of Christmas and New Year as being one of the most joyful times of the year but for some people, it can be one of the loneliest. It can also be a period that triggers anxiety and other mental health conditions. There are so many expectations attached to the festive period, many of which can be a tipping point. Research from MIND suggests that as many as 1 in 10 of us struggle to cope at this time of year and this figure is higher for people who currently have a mental health problem.

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What is PTSD and How Can Hypnotherapy Help?

I read this story recently on BBC that got me thinking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it’s often perceived.

For a lot of people, it conjures up images of war veterans who have seen active combat and are traumatised by their experiences. Being involved in military combat is one of the events that can trigger PTSD but you don’t need to have been in the army to be affected by it.

Christmas can be a tough time for anyone struggling with PTSD, with a lot of pressure to act “normal” and happy.

In this blog post, I’m looking at what is involved with PTSD, the events that can trigger it and how hypnotherapy can help to overcome it.

Who can be affected?

While we strongly associate PTSD with having spent time in a warzone, it can affect anyone who has been involved in a traumatic event or witnessed one.

Some of the things that can trigger PTSD include being involved in a serious car accident, being assaulted (including sexual assault), experiencing abuse (physical, emotional or sexual abuse, especially long term abuse), witnessing a violent death, being caught up in a natural disaster, being the victim of a terrorist attack and being diagnosed with a terminal or life threatening health condition.

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Walking and Smiling Depression

I’ve previously blogged about high functioning anxiety, a type of anxiety in which you’re still functioning to a high standard despite being strongly affected by anxiety.

This can also happen with depression. With “walking” or “smiling” depression, you’ll still seem completely normal to other people but inside, you’re struggling with depression. People with “walking” depression go about day-to-day life and go to work, take care of family and socialise. You can even appear happy on the outside, especially if you’re hiding your true feelings behind a smile.

Because you don’t fit the common stereotype of depression (such as being tearful, not being able to get out of bed and not being able to function at all), a lot of people won’t even realise you have depression. And sometimes, you may not even be aware yourself that you’re depressed, often because you’re still high functioning.

In this blog post, I’m going to talk more about walking and smiling depression, how to tell if you’re affected and what your treatment options are.

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Sam Luxford DHP HPD GQHP SFBT Sup (Hyp) MNCH(Reg) CNHC

Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist & Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapy Supervisor Solution Focused SFBT

4 Northcote Hill, Aberdeen AB15 7TW
(Moved from Airyhall Rd)

07867 936505

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