Depression is a mental illness and requires supervision of a physician and a big support from the family. Natural healing for depression is with natural remedies and with proper and healthy diet and lifestyle.
Depression, a feeling of severe despondency and dejection, accompanied by a slowdown in thought and movement with undetermined fear, a decrease in will and various hypochondriacal sensations. Depression can be endogenous (melancholy) or exogenous, as a reaction to severe experiences.
Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It’s a real illness that impacts the brain caused by changes in brain chemistry itself. Depression causes symptoms that affect how you feel about yourself, how you think, how you eat, how you work, how you sleep, it simple affect everything what you do. To be diagnosed with depression as a illness, symptoms must last at least two weeks.
Depression Signs and Symptoms: (every day, for at least two weeks)
- Persistent anxious and sad mood
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and helplessness
- Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Loss of appetite
- Digestive problems
- Sudden weight changes
- Suicide thoughts (suicide attempts)
People who suffers from depression may not be aware that they need medical help or they don’t want to admit it. Misception of depression is perhaps the greatest danger. Even when depression is being managed with natural remedies for depression, it should be under the supervision of a doctor and not to refuse medication if a doctor prescribe them, especially when it is a severe form of depression.
How To Fight Depression
Depression, at least in most of the cases can be treated. This illness usually is treated with medications such as antidepressants, psychotherapy and as a last case scenario, with electroconvulsive therapy. Beside this, they are also natural remedies and alternative medicine which may also help.
Antidepressants that treat depression.
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Paroxetine (Pexeva, Paxil, Brisdelle)
This medications increase levels of serotonin in the brain and thus help to improve the way our brain control stress or mood. Average time needed for antidepressants to work is between 2 and 4 weeks. During this time, reactions such as sleep and appetite problems are normal. Your doctor will guide you through the entire process. Never use antidepressants on your own.
Although medication are the most common treatment for depression, they are not always the most effective. Lifestyle changes are mandatory to speed recovery from depression, so don’t ignore other treatments and depression management techniques.
A therapy in which mild to moderate depression can be treated. This treatments aims to enable patients to understand their current condition and to understand their feelings. Talk therapy is very effective treatment for mild depression. Health care provider and national mental health organizations will help in finding licensed providers, but usually word of mouth is the best way to find a good therapist.
Natural Remedies and Alternative Medicine
Green tea and chamomile tea are excellent way to reduce stress and at same time to boost dopamine. People who drink 3-5 cups of green tea each day, may reduce occurrences of psychological distress by up to 20%. Meditation, yoga and acupuncture are also another very effective way to relieve stress. St. John’s wort is another very popular and useful home remedy. This herb has been used to treat nervous disorders centuries ago.
St. John’s wort is very effective against mild depression. St. John’s wort components, such as hypericin, affect serotonin reuptake inhibitors. For mild depression for adult person, 300 milligrams of St. John’s wort (0.3% hypericin extract) three times a day is more than enough. Also, keep in mind that healthy diet and regular exercises are very important too. Beside regular physical activity, add more B vitamin and magnesium rich food in your diet.
Depression Management Tips
- Eat healthy
- Avoid negative thoughts
- Spend more time with family
- More social activities
- Daily spiritual exercises
- Regular physical exercises
- Deep breathing exercises
- Listen to classical music
- Get enough sleep