Depression treatment focuses on talk therapy, medication or combination of both. Depression treatment aim at normalizing changes in brain that is associated with depression. Depression treatment is based on the type of depression you are suffering from. Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 264 million people of different ages suffers from depression. Depression is the leading cause of disability all over the world and it is a main contributor to the overall disease burden. More women are affected than men by depression.
Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life. But when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just won’t go away, you may have depression. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life you did before. By having understanding of your depression, knowing the various symptoms and types of depression. You can take the step to feeling better and overcoming depression.
Depression is when a person experiences low mood all the time, to the point it begins to affect your day to day activities. Struggling with depression can be painful for the sufferer and his or her loved ones. If depression is left untreated, it can become a serious health condition.
This article will focus on: depression symptoms, types, causes, risk factors, diets and depression treatment.
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This article will YOU to know:
- The meaning of depression.
- Depression signs and symptoms.
- What causes depression.
- Factors that increases your chances of becoming depressed.
- Diets that treat depression.
- What you must avoid when you’re suffering from depression and
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Depression differs from one person to another. It is important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life normal lows. But the more symptoms you experience, the stronger they’re and the longer they have lasted – the more likely it is that you are dealing with depression. The common signs and symptoms are:
- Feeling of helplessness and hopelessness.
- Loss of interest in day to day activities.
- Weight gain or weight loss.
- Insomnia or oversleeping.
- Strong feeling of worthlessness or guilt.
- Unexplained aches and pains.
- Trouble focusing, making decisions or remembering things.
- Engaging in behavior that are reckless like compulsive gambling, dangerous sports, reckless driving, substance abuse, et cetra.
- Feeling fatigued, sluggish and physically drained.
- Feeling agitated, restless or even becoming violent.
- Continous sadness.
- Low sex drive.
- Loss of appetite.
- Digestive disorders.
- Frequent thought of dying or suicide and
- Attempting suicide.
Also, medical conditions (take for instance, thyroid problems, a brain tumor or vitamin deficiency can mimic depression symptoms. So therefore, it is essential to rule out general medical causes.
It is essential to remember that feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that are depression symptoms are not the reality of what you are going through. There are plenty of powerful self help you can take to lift your mood, overcome depression and regain your joy of life.
This takes us to…
Depression is not just cause by the combination of biological, psychological and social factors. To put it another way, your lifestyle choices, relationships and coping skills matters a lot. If not more so than genetics. While some specific illnesses have certain medical cause, making treatments straight forward. When it comes to depression things are more complicated.
Depression is not just the result of chemical imbalance in the brain that can simply be cured with medication. The causes of depression include:
- Nutritional deficiencies.
- Heavy metal poisoning.
- Lack of sunlight.
- Stress and unresolved emotional issues.
- Imbalance of neurotransmitter.
- Consumption of too much of coffee.
- Family history.
- Food allergy.
- Genetic problem.
- Poor diet.
- Hormonal imbalance.
- Thyroid problem.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD).
- Low function of adrenal gland.
- Parkinson disease.
- Stroke and
However, having a better understanding of what causes your depression may assist you in overcoming the problem. In another case, if you are new to an area and feeling lonely and sad, finding new friends or having a dog will probably give you more of a mood boost than going for therapy.
Let me tell YOU how …
TYPES OF DEPRESSION
Depression come in different forms. Having a good knowledge of what kinds of depression you are battling with will help you to manage your symptoms and get better treatment. Types of depression that doctors can diagnose include:
- Unipolar major depression.
- Persistent depressive is also known as dysthymia : it occurs when depression last for at least 2 years.
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder: happens when a woman has serious mood problems before her period, more intense than typical premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).
- Substance induced mood disorders (SIMD): occur while you’re taking a drug or drinking alcohol or after you stop.
- Depressive disorder: it happens due to another medical condition.
Here’s why that’s important…
DEPRESSION RISK FACTORS
The following make YOU more vulnerable to depression; they’re:
- Loneliness and isolation.
- Lack of social support.
- Recent streesful life experiences.
- Health problems or chronic pain.
- Early childhood trauma or abuse.
- Family history of depression.
- Financial problem.
- Marital or problems in relationship.
- Unemployment or underemployment.
- Alcohol or drug abuse.
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Depression Self – help
- Help someone who needs help.
- Take break from work and learn to relax.
- Go where there are trees, where you can listen to the sounds of nature and get fresh air.
- Meet with friends or join online forums or chat groups.
- Spend some of your time with children and the elderly
- Eat healthier foods.
- Do what you love doing.
- Stop completely alcohol or recreational drugs.
- Always have a bottle of water with you.
- Attend birthday, anniversaries or holiday get together.
So what are the types DIETS that can…
Your diets have greater impact on your neurotransmitters function that are the brain messengers that regulates your mood, appetite, energy levels and other body processes. Avoidance of some foods will greatly assist you in fighting depression. They are:
- Eating serotonin enhancing diets that include foods high in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Consume healthy fats such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and omega-3 such as flax seeds and minerals that boost your energy levels and mood.
- Vitamin B12 (Folate) as well as other vitamins plays vital role in the brain, producing chemical such as serotonin, dopamine, and epinephrine that have great impact on the mood.
- Consume diet high in trptophan such as: free range organically raised turkey meat.
- Consume antioxidant foods that fight biochemical changes that takes place when you are going through stress.
- Eat organically, grass fed and free range meats and their products.
- Expose yourself to sunlight in order to boost your mood and increase your VITAMIN D levels by aiming for 10 to 20 minutes in the sun every day.
- Do not skip a meal.
- Eat foods rich in Magnesium.
- Avoid COFFEE:
- Avoid diets that are high in refined carbohydrates and sugars.
- Avoid foods high in fat and fried foods.
You’re about to find out how…
This article is not meant to be a substitute to where the services of a medical professional is urgently needed.
(1) MUCUNA PRURIEN (Cow itch, Velvet bean in English; Ewe Ina, Werepe, Yerepe in Yoruba; Enu maje in Idoma; Kakara in Hausa; Agba ohia, Agbala in Igbo) Obtain shade dried Mucuna Prurien leaves and prepare it tea infusion. Take 150 ml three times a day.
Obtain dried MUCUNA PRURIEN SEEDS. Roast them thoroughly, in such a way they don’t get burnt. Grind the roasted seeds into powder. Take half teaspoon twice a day. It very effective in depression treatment.
(2) ROMAN CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL: it assist in depression treatment by functioning as a mild sedative that calms nerves and promotes relaxation naturally. Mix 3 drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil with 1 tablespoon of Coconut oil. Apply it over your wrist topically.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
OR: Sprinkle or diffuse 5 drops of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil where you spend most of your time.
(3) LACTUCA TARAXACIFOLIA (Wild lettuce in English; Nonan barya, Yamurin, Nonmen barewa, Namijin dayii in Hausa; Efo Yarin in Yoruba) Prepare tea infusion of Wild Lettuce. Drink 250 ml two times a day.
(4) BLACK PEPPER (Uziza, Uzize in Igbo; Masooroo in Hausa; Ata iyere in Yoruba) Black Pepper have positive effects on the brain health and of great benefits to people battling with depression. This make it helpful in depression treatment. Add Black Pepper in your diet for depression treatment.
(5) CUCURBITA PEPO
(Pumpkin in English; Eyin in Edo; Agbadu, Furum, Icegher – nyian in Tiv; Legede, Gboro – esi, Elegede in Yoruba; Eto – Urhobo, Koko eyen in Urhobo; Kabewa in Hausa; Ukpo ape in Idoma) contains L – tryptophan, an amino acid that involves in the production of serotonin. Pumpkin seeds contains healthy fats and Magnesium mineral that lighten up your mood. Remove pumpkin seeds shell and crush the fresh kernel. Soak 2 tablespoons in 250 ml hot water. When the water cool down. Eat the crushed kernel soaked in the water. Drink the water as well. Do two or three times a day, depending on your condition. It is good in depression treatment.
(6) VALERIAN ROOTS : soak 1 tablespoon of Valerian root powder in 250 ml cup of water for 12 hours. Strain and drink before bedtime at night.
(7) LEMON GRASS (Achi beke in Idoma; Eti in Edo; Koko oba, Koriko oba in Yoruba; Tsauri in Hausa; Myoyaka oakara, Achara ehi in Ibibio; Akwukwo in Igbo) contains anti-depressants properties that aid in the treatment of depression due to the presence of serotonin that fight depression. It also deals with anxiety and improve mental health. Prepare tea infusion of Lemon Grass together with it roots. Drink 300 ml two times a day.
(8) ST. JOHN’S WORT : Take 300 mg of St. John Wort three times a day.
Take St. John’s Wort under the guidance of your health care practitioner. St. John Wort may decrease birth control pills effectiveness.
(9) LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL : This essential oil contains sedative and calming properties. It also relive stress and improve sleep. Mix 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil with either 1 tablespoon of Coconut oil or Olive oil. Apply topically on your temples, chest and wrists in the morning.
OR: Diffuse 5 to 7 drops of Lavender essential oil in your bedroom at night to promote sleep.
OR: Add 5 to 7 drops of Lavender Essential oil to lukewarm bath and bathe with it.
(10) CHAMOMILE TEA : It is known as “sleep tea” that contains soothing and relaxing properties. Chamomile has the potential to fight psychological problems such as stress, anxiety and depression that prevent you from falling asleep. Put 2 tablespoons of Chamomile flowers in 300 ml cup of water. Allow it to boil for 5 to 7 minutes. Strain and drink slowly half an hour bed time at night.
OR: Prepare tea infusion of Chamomile leaves. Drink 250 ml before bedtime.
OR: Put 1 tea bag of Chamomile in 300 ml cup of water of hot water. Allow it to boil for 5 minutes. Strain and drink slowly when it is before bedtime for depression treatment.
(11) BANANA (Ogede omimi Ogede paranta in Yoruba; Unere, Unine in Igbo; Ayaba in Hausa; Agbo in Idoma) Regular consumption of Bananas will relax your nerve and make you have a peaceful sleep throughout the night.
(12) FLAXSEEDS : Soak 1 tablespoon of Flaxseeds in lukewarm water for 10 minutes. OR: Soak Flaxseeds in cold water for 2 hours. Chew the seeds and drink the water which the are soaked upon it. Do it before before your breakfast.
(13) THYME : Contains tryptophan and lithium that aid in the mood stabilization and promote sleep.
Obtain fresh Thyme leaves. Blend them in water to extract their juice. Sieve it and add the juice to your bath water. You can as well drink 200 ml of the leaf juice.
Ultimately, the mind and the body are clearly linked, if you’re experiencing a physical health problem, you may discover changes in your mental health as well. Depression is a real illness and help is available with proper diagnosis and treatment, majority of people with depression will overcome it. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, a first step is to see your doctor or psychiatrist. Talk about your concerns and request for a full evaluation. This will go a long way in addressing your mental health needs.
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