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Overview of Depression

Many people experience the blues from time to time – usually a few days in which you feel like you are in a funk. This feeling usually goes away…usually. If not having the blues that last longer and the feeling of being hopeless, unmotivated, sad, worthless etc, can last much longer. Depression is a chronic illness that can lead to a variety of serious emotional and physical problems. It typically requirers long-term treatment, involving medications and or psychological counseling. If you are depressed, you may find little, if any joy in life. You may have no energy, feel unworthy or guilty for no reason, find it difficult to concentrate, and become irritable. You may wake up after only a few hours of sleep or experience changes in your appetite- eating either too little or not enough. You may experience a sense of hopelessness and deep anxiety, or even feel as if life isn't worth living. 

Signs of Depression:

  • Persistent lack of energy
  • Lasting sadness
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Recurring sense of hopelessness
  • Continual negative view of the world and of others
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Feelings of unworthiness or guilt
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Recurrent early morning awakening or other changes in sleep patterns
  • Inability to enjoy pleasurable activities
  • Feeling as though you'd be better off dead

Signs of Feeling the Blues

  • Feeling down for several days but still able to function normally in daily activities
  • Occasional lack of energy, or a mild change in sleeping patterns. 
  • Ability to enjoy some recreational activities
  • Stable weight
  • Quickly passing sense of hoelessness

 

Home Remedies for Depression

  1. Share Your Feelings: talking through your feelings with a Dr., Counselor, friend, spiritual leader, support group or partner can help with guidance and perspective. 
     
  2. Spend Time With Others: Spending time with others generally keeps moral higher than being alone all the time. Make sure to spend that quality time with people that are of a positive nature. Sharing your feelings or hanging with others who are negative will only make your symptoms worse. 
     
  3. Do Things You Enjoy: Engage in activities that inspire you, encourage you and bring you joy. Don't be afraid to try something new.
     
  4. Avoid Alcohol and Illicit Drugs: It may feel like drugs and alcohol wave the symptoms of depression, however, in the long run you are only making the situation worse and adding the the level of treatment you will need. Do not make it harder on yourself by "checking out" on drugs or alcohol. 
     
  5. Get Plenty of Sleep: A good night sleep is more important if you are struggling with depression. If you are having difficulty and not sure what to do talk with your Dr. Keep in mind your sleeping conditions, hours and attire when figuring out how to get a good nights sleep. 
     
  6. Don't Take on Too Much Responsibility: Feeling defeated, overwhelmed and set up by taking on too much responsibility only exacerbates the problem. Set small goals, only give your self responsibilities you can handle and set limits for yourself. 
     
  7. Look for Opportunities to be Helpful: Helping others and giving of yourself is a positive way to help increase your worthiness to yourself. It feels good and its simple. 

Natural Supplements to Help Treat Depression

St. John's Wort
Studies suggest that St. John's wort may be beneficial in treating mild to moderate depression, but not major depression. The greatest concern with using this herb is the potential for serious interactions with other medications. Don't take this herb if you take prescription medications

SAMe
SAMe occurs naturally in the human body, and a synthetic version of the compound is a popular dietary supplement. SAMe may be effective for treating depression in some individuals. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Eating a diet rich in omega-3s or taking omega 3 supplements may help ease depression, along with providing other health benefits. These healthy fats are found in certain foods, such as cold-water fish, flaxseed, flax oil and walnuts. 

Relaxation Therapies
Massage, Yoga, Meditation, Relaxing Breathing and Self-Expression through music and art have been successful in helping treat individuals with depression. They are helpful in treating anxiety and stress which in return help with depression. 

 

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