It would seem depression is the mind saying it requires time out to recover from life's
challenges of loss, frustrations, failures, and maybe disappointments. Even though,
society looks down on such conditions, as you are unwell, but there is no bandage on
you, so other individuals who do not understand will treat you differently. Where as
those who are suffering with an anxiety disorder or depression, would appreciate being
treated with a little understanding and compassion. Between 9% and 20% will suffer with
depression sometime in their life. The patient may feel they would like to fold one's self
into a cardboard box, and be left a lone. SOH does work extensively with anxiety and
depressive related conditions, so attempt to be brave and get in touch and be valued and
treated like an accepted human being.

Most anxiety or depressive conditions do accompany another main condition, as it could
be other individuals reactions to our main condition that triggers off an anxiety or be the
causation of the depression. Depression may be accompanied by low self-esteem, bi-
polar etc. SOH is empathetic, and you will be taught cognitive strategies with hypnotic
intervention to cope with your main condition, which in turn may enable you to recover
sooner than later. Your conditions will be explored entirely, and the beauty of SOH, you
will not be on therapeutic books for months upon end, you will be dealt with quickly,
thoroughly, with high professional standard.


OCD is an anxiety disorder, which are identified by two different categories, recurrent
and persistent thoughts, ideas, images and feelings that are perceived as intrusive and
senseless. Repetitive and ritualised behaviours, which the individual feels compelled to
carry out and finally tension for unexpressed behaviours not being carried out. These
compulsions are beyond reasonable acceptance for every day life, the individual will
wish to excessively practice i.e. wash their hands until they are nearly raw, or keep
checking to see if they have locked their front door when leaving the building.


I have worked extensively with children and adolescents and the difficulties they
experience through those awkward teen years. Some of the difficulties to mention range
from bedwetting to asthma, eczema to exam difficulties and sleep difficulties too
adjusting to adulthood. I feel it is advantageous to mention that sleep difficulties does not
necessary mean depravation, but finding it a struggle to get out of bed too. You will be
received with understanding and acceptance.

SOH will explore many of your behaviours, where you may need to revise them to cope
with exam nerves, or perform on stage or do public speaking, or even be you and cope
with daily life as an assertive, self-aware individual. Children may have anxiety
disorders at some point in their development, these could be down to separation, social
anxiety, phobic anxiety, over anxious disorder, and OCD. The most important thing to
remember is, that you are not alone.


It is a natural adrenaline to be stressed; it is good for your heart, having your blood racing
through your veins at certain periods throughout of your day. However, to the extent that
it may raise your blood pressure, cause you strokes, the list could become endless. Many
positive strategies can enable you to work to a very high standard without it being
detrimental to your body. Stress management is a cognitive form of therapy to equip you
to listen to your body, it may be advantageous to eat healthily, exercise briskly, and take
regular breaks with the work in hand. Smoking and drinking of stimulants aren't wise.
Why not consider giving up smoking, with the government legislation of July 2007, not
smoking in public places.

Cutting back on alcohol is wise, it is encouraged to not escape into alcohol, but have a
relaxing drink, obviously not to drink and drive. When you contact SOH and make an
appointment I can assist you to a controlled stress free, or near to stress, free life with
strategies that would be stream lined to suit you and your lifestyle.


Do you express anger? In my opinion everyone does at some time in their lives
express anger, this is perfectly natural. However, when one expresses it
inappropriately. it detrimentally has an effect on you and those around you. My approach in SOH teaches patients to express their anger
appropriately. Some individuals overtly express it where they have uncontrolled
outbursts, which can become detrimental to all parties. Suppressed anger by internalising
it becomes detrimental to the individual, when an individual internalises it, subsequently
the individual could develop various conditions such as hypertension, bruxism,
depression and maybe psychosomatic illness. Unexpressed anger may result in
pathological behavioural problems such as, passive-aggressive behaviour, and developing
a hostile and cynical personality. Alternatively, you can learn to express your anger
appropriately with SOH methods by assertively without hurting other people.