Depression is a mental disorder repenting with the loss of pleasure, feelings of low self esteem, disturbed appetite, sleep, lack of concentration, fatigue, low energy, often accompanied by a loss of interest in life, hopelessness and decreased energy. Such distressing feelings can affect one's ability to perform the usual tasks and activities of daily life. Many people never realise that they are suffering from depression. That can be recurrent or chronic, which leads to substantial impairments of people’s ability to take charge of the regular responsibilities. In the worst cases, depression could lead to a tragic death or suicide.
Depression is not a weakness of character. Being depressed does not mean that a person is incapable of leading a normal life.
There are different kinds of depressive mood disorders, including bipolar disorder that causes mood swings to unusual elation, and then plummet to depression. Patients with severe bipolar disorder may also see or hear things that are not there or experience paranoia, post-partum depression and psychosis. But clinical depression, or Unipolar disorder, is the most common depressive disorder. That causes the patient to experience some physical problems like headaches, aches and pains, or digestive problems. Mood disorder is a real illness that can have serious and sometimes fatal results. It affects the entire body not just the mind.
- Feelings of sadness and loss
- Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
- Feelings of extreme impatience, irritability, or a short temper
- Loss of interest or pleasure in usually-enjoyed activities
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Changes in sleeping patterns like insomnia
- Reduced ability to think clearly or make decisions
- Difficulties in concentrating or short term memory loss
- Constantly feeling tired
- Noticeable lack of motivation
- Anxiety and restlessness, sometimes leading to panic attacks
- Muscle and joint pain
- Constipation or other intestinal problems
- Frequent headaches
- Lack of interest in sex
- Recurring thoughts of suicide or self-harm
- Withdrawal from friends and family.
Natural treatments and recommendations
- Take 2 to 4 grams of powder of St. John's wort and add three times a day in foods or drinks. It may also be taken twice a day as infusion made with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried herb of St. John’s wort.
- Reduce consumption of sweets temporarily.
- Take one to two grams of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Take 1 to 2 mugs of an herbal (Stress Zapper or Stress Buster) tea daily.
- Take green vegetables that contain vitamin B complex, B1, B2, B6, B12, etc.
- Take calming herbal teas of lavender, chamomile, lemon balm and catnip after dinner.
- Eat a balanced diet, specially Vegan products
- Do regular exercise.
- Follow healthy sleep patterns.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol.
- Speak out and share your feelings
- Keep yourself occupied.
- Look for treatment right away if you notice the symptoms of depression are getting worse.
Insert date: 2011.12.29 Last update: 2011.12.29