Welcome to my site about depression!

Problems and misfortunes are a part of life. Everyone experiences unhappiness, and many people may become depressed temporarily when things don't go as they would like. Experiences of failure commonly result in temporary feelings of worthlessness and self-blame, while personal losses cause feelings of sadness, disappointment and emptiness. Such feelings are normal, and they usually pass after a short time. This is not the case with depressive illness. 



What are the signs of depressive illness? 

Depression becomes an illness, only when treatment they get, usually includes medication and/or psychological counselling. There is no scientific proof of any mental illnesses, depression included.


Depression is real and can change the way a person thinks and behaves, and how his/her body functions.


The difference between L' Approche Véniez © and other treatments for depression are:



  • seeing your patient as a human-being,
  • understand him/her,
  • help your patient understand him/herself,
  • find the source or beginning of the symtoms,
  • help resolve at the root,
  • help him/her become self- sufficient in four sessions
  • no medications with it's negative side-effects


Some of the signs or symtoms to look for are: 


  • feeling worthless, helpless or hopeless, 
  • sleeping more or less than usual, 
  • eating more or less than usual, 
  • having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, 
  • loss of interest in taking part in activities, 
  • decreased sex drive, 
  • avoiding other people, 
  • overwhelming feelings of sadness or grief, 
  • feeling unreasonably guilty, 
  • loss of energy, feeling very tired, 
  • thoughts of death or suicide. 

If you or someone you know has been experiencing a number of these symptoms, we hope this pamphlet will help you understand what is happening and encourage you or your friend to seek professional help with L' Approche Véniez ©

What causes depression? 

There is always a cause or multiple causes for depression, and is it fully understood. The following factors may make some people more prone than others to react to a loss or failure with a clinical depression:

How long does depression last?

The depressed feelings we all experience after a serious loss or disappointment may last for a short or a long time. How long depends on the person, the severity of the loss, and the support available to help the person to cope with it. 

Depression may also last for short or long periods. Without medical treatment, it may end naturally after several weeks or months. With medical treatment, it may become permanent. A chemical unbalance in the brain (bipolar) which only medications can treat. You then are traped into this system until you finally realize that the medication you were taking does not work. On the contrary you have became worst with all of the side effects related.

Does depressive illness follow a pattern?

Unfortunately, once a person has had a clinical depression and is in the system, he/she is more likely to suffer from depression again. For example, some people experience seasonal cycles of depression, particularly in winter. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.).  There is a sickness for every time of the year or any mood you are in.


Five to ten percent of people who experience depression also experience states of exaggerated happiness or elation called mania.


The occurrence of both depression and mania at different times is called bipolar affective disorder, while repeated experiences of depression alone is termed unipolar affective disorder.  These titles are another source of prescription DRUGS. “...modern psychiatry has yet to convincingly prove the genetic/biologic cause of any single mental illness...Patients [have] been diagnosed with 'chemical imbalances' despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim,

About this depressive illness site

and...there is no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like.”
—1996, psychiatrist David Kaiser


“DSM-IV is the fabrication upon which psychiatry seeks acceptance by medicine in general. Insiders know it is more a political than scientific document... DSM-IV has become a bible and a money making bestseller—its major failings notwithstanding."
—Loren Mosher, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry


What can friends and family do?

It can be difficult to be with and to help someone who is seriously depressed or bound into the system.


Some people who are depressed keep to themselves, while others may not want to be alone.


They may react strongly to the things you say or do. It is important that you let them know that it is okay to talk about their feelings and thoughts. Listen and offer support rather than trying to contradict them or talk them out of it. Let them know you care. Ask them how you can help, and offer to contact a therapist who works with L' Approche Véniez ©. Try to be patient and non-judgemental about hypnosis. Most of all, don't do it alone - get other people to provide help and support too.

How is depression treated? 

Depression is the most treatable of mental illnesses because it is not an illness.


Most people who suffer from depression are not helped by the treatment they get, which usually includes medication and/or psychological counselling.


Specific L' Approche Véniez © techniques have been developed to help assist with particular anxiety disorders.


The solution for Depressive illness



The solution in Psychotherapy with L' Approche Véniez © is to identify the causes, the source of his or her symptoms to eliminate them. The most precise and fastest way is with L' Approche Véniez ©. These different techniques are used; visualization, breathing and relaxation, hypnotism, the subliminal, and post-hypnotic suggestions. There is nothing artificial or supernatural about hypnosis.
  1. The first session consist of; a series of questions asked to the individual to obtain therapeutic useful information about the patient. This session allows the therapist to understand his patient and explain to him how the therapy will take place. At the end of this first session, the therapist will introduce a brief introduction of hypnosis to his patient. . (duration of the meeting is 1 hour and usually more)
  2. The second session consist of; light follow-up by the therapist and deepening the patient's hypnotic state. (duration of the session is between 45 minutes to an hour)
  3. The third session consist of; the work, acceptance, the release of shocks, traumatisms or causes of the lack of security experienced by the patient. (duration of the session is usually 1 hour or more)
  4. The fourth session consist of; closing, reconciliation of the adult and the inner child, an experience of self-identity, self-confidence and loving yourself. (duration of the session is between 45 minutes to an hour)



Many people who are seriously depressed wait too long to seek treatment or they may not seek proper treatment at all. They may not realize that there is real help out there, or they may be concerned about getting help because of the negative attitudes held by society towards hypnosis or Alternative Medicine. 


Since research suggests that many general health care practitioners are unaware of all the appropriate treatments for depression, you might consider the option of a specialized depression clinic with L' Approche Véniez © . If such a facility is not available in your area, ask your therapist to look into natural treatments. 


           On-line therapies are now available with MSN or Skype by Dr Veniez


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