Sadness, Depression, not the same

Do Not Suffer Alone and Seek Help! Many individuals suffer from a debilitating disease called depression.  In fact, the concern with depression is that physicians at times treat the symptoms and miss the heart of the problem.  For example, a doctor might prescribe medication for insomnia, a symptom, but does to address the sickness of depression.  In this piece, Wellness by Nature will provide a general overview of this disease.  As always, speak with your doctor, read, learn, and seek help if you believe you suffer from this disease.

Definition of Depression

Depression is a disposition ailment.  It affects the mood of the individual in a profound way and produces an embellishing feeling of gloom, insignificance, emptiness, and unhappiness.

Key phrase: embellishing feeling which is a feeling that tends to linger beyond an expected time of grieving.  For example, while it is normal to feel a “Reactive Depression” to losing a job, it is not normal to grieve forever for the same event.

Endogenous Depression is one that comes out of nowhere and without a cause for it. In fact, while an event causes the reactive depression, in endogenous depression the cause comes from the heart, the soul, from the inside of the individual.  It is like a cloud that follows you around and does not want to let you go!  I know as I suffered from depression as a young woman.

Signs:

  • Diminishing of the value of the self-esteem
  • Constant sense of irritability and anger
  • Sadness and continuous desire to cry for almost any reason
  • Sense of pessimism
  • Persistently thinking about past mistakes
  • Lack of regularity in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulties remembering
  • Withdrawal from friends and family and other social activities
  • Headache and pains
  • Thought of dying and even suicide attempts
  • Not able to make logical decisions and be afraid to act on them

Other More Profound Symptoms of Depression

Causes:

Although there is much study to penetrate the causes for Depression, these are some basic ones.  For the most part, there is a connection between biochemistry and depression. 

  1. Hereditary factors
  2. Low levels of norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin
  3. Low levels of self-esteem
Treatments

Most physicians use a combination of treatments between Psychotherapy, Prescription Drugs, and Shock Therapy

Common Prescriptions Drugs

Tricyclic Antidepressants: work by altering brain response to norepinephrine and serotonin.

  • Tofranil
  • Elavil

Side effects: dry mouth, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, indigestion, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain

Monoamine Inhibitors: work by shielding the brain to norepinephrine and serotonin.

  • Pardate
  • Nardil

Side effects: dizziness, constipation, lack of concentration, bad vision

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: work by increasing serotonin levels

  • Zoloft
  • Paxil
  • Celexa
  • Prozac

Side effects: insomnia, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, irregular appetite

Natural and Wellness Methods to Deal with Depression Do-Not-Struggle-AloneAnd-Wellness-by-Nature   (185x300)

Eat foods rich in Vitamin B: the family of B vitamins aids the brain in making neurotransmitters and help in the communication of the brain’ cells.  In fact, important vitamins for the brain are B12, B6, B1, and B3.

Avoid alcohol: alcohol is a depressant

Lower intake of caffeine: caffeine drains the brain of energy – be aware that some medicines have caffeine so ask questions to your doctor

Avoid Sugar: sugar tires the body and brain increasing chances for depression.

Eat fish as Omega 3 Fatty acids help in the control of enzymes, and neurotransmitter functions.

Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C as lack of this vitamin can lead to depression and mental illness.

Foods rich in vitamin C are red chili peppers, parsley, green peppers, broccoli, oranges, mangoes, cantaloupes.  An excellent way to get vitamins directly is through juicing raw vegetable.    

Exercise: increase energy level and helpful fighting back depression.

Meditation: reduce anxiety and increase positive energy.

Acupuncture: restore the balance of the body.

Other supplements that might help when dealing with depression

Never take supplements without talking to you doctor

SAMe

St. John’s worth

Gingko Biloba

DMAE

Depression and Natural Hormone Replacement

There are natural hormone replacements for individuals who lack hormones that might cause depression.

DHEA

Progesterone

Pregnenolone

Testerone

An Observation about Depression

 

Depression is a sickness and can be a debilitating sickness.  In Wellness by Nature, we observe and study our bodies.  You might want to pay attention to the signs that precede the depression, such as an incoming headache; pain in the shoulders and neck; problems breathing; an oncoming sense of gloom; tiredness and fatigue.  The reason why you should learn to read the signs is that this will give you an opportunity to fight back the depression.  For example, if I know that I get very sleepy and tired before a bout with depression, I can practice a couple techniques to kick out the bout before it turns into depression.  For example, you might go for a walk, meditate, or even call a friend just to talk.  Do not let the depression get to you, but stop it before it ever starts! 

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