Iain Barclay


Feeling 'a bit down' in response to adverse circumstances is normal. Depression that is overwhelming, persistent, and debilitating is not!

That level of downward mood shift is a clinical condition that cannot be wished away, or fixed by 'getting your act together!' A good kick up the behind won't do it either!

A Self-Analysis DEPRESSION TEST – based on the Symptoms of Depression:

Score: 1
Most of
the time
Do you feel sad?
Are you restless and/or irritable?
Are you tired and lethargic?
Do you have a low sex drive?
Do you feel there is no point to life?
I feel like I am a victim?
How often do you think about death?
Do you feel bad about yourself if you don't meet your goals?
Do you feel like a failure?
Do you keep going over something in your mind that has upset you?
When things go wrong do you feel as though you can never get over them?
Do you feel that your life is empty and without meaning?
Do you cry frequently in the aftermath of an ended relationship?
Do you feel that you will never have another one?
Do you feel undeserving of love?
I feel that I am a burden on people?
I feel helpless - unable to improve my life?
I focus on the negative in my interactions with people?
I expect to be found 'wanting'?
I expect to fail?
I feel that I let people down?
I don't have much appetite?
I have trouble sleeping?
I wake up feeling tired?

The best possible score is 120. Once it drops below 72 it indicates a trend towards depression - and the lower the score the more significant the degree of depression:

Depression Help – Treating Depression:

Anti Depressant medication is generally the Physician's first choice. These mostly work by generating 'feel good' chemicals in the brain – thereby reducing the principal symptom of depression – feeling 'bad'. However, on their own, they merely address the effect without treating the cause. So some form of accompanying therapy is also indicated – but anti-depressants will put the person suffering from depression in a better frame of mind from which to respond to therapy.

The Hypno-therapeutic approach:

This is based on the concept that depression is sustained by a combination of personal, psychological, and social factors – all of which need to be addressed. Most importantly it is necessary to identify and resolve those factors that were the primary reason for the state of depression being manifested in the first place.