Health Conditions

“If you are not ready to alter your way of life, you cannot begin to heal.” – Hippocrates (460-377 B.C). You will find here information, articles and books addressing the positive holistic approach to many common health conditions.

Depression

Signs of Depression

It’s normal to have the occasional bout of feeling down and out. While depression is a term commonly used to describe both short-term sadness and diagnosed depression, true clinical depression is long lasting and severe, causing interference with your normal daily activities. People with clinical depression can’t shake off their feelings of sadness. They can have difficulty sleeping, eating, working and doing many other activities that they once enjoyed. Women are twice as likely as men to experience a major depressive episode during their lives, but the exact reason for this differentiation is unknown.

Feelings of worthlessness, loss of appetite or eating too much, inability to sleep or sleeping too much, thoughts of suicide and an inability to concentrate are all signs of depression. If these symptoms of depression last for more than two weeks, you are experiencing a major depressive episode and could be suffering from clinical depression. If you have experienced thoughts of suicide, seek the help of a trusted friend or medical professional immediately.

Signs of depression can also include physiological reactions, such as crying spells, loss of energy, weight loss or gain, and body aches and pains. Those suffering from depression may experience a shorter temper or increased stress levels, placing a strain on the close relationships that are needed during this difficult time. Showing a lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed can disappoint family members, who may not understand what you’re going through if you don’t have a diagnosis.

There are two key neurotransmitters in the brain that have been linked to depression. The balance of serotonin and norepinephrine is out of synch in individuals experiencing depression. An excess or deficiency of either of these neurotransmitters can affect a person’s mood, causing euphoria or extreme sadness. However, research has been unable to determine whether these chemicals become unbalanced, causing the symptoms of depression, or if the depressive state somehow alters the balance of these neurotransmitters. Therefore, this imbalance cannot be blamed for causing depression, but rather associated with a depressive state.

Depression can be hereditary, but it can also occur in individuals who have no family history of depression. In some cases, major depression can be triggered by an external event, such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, financial hardship, or the end of a relationship. A combination of external factors, physiological factors, and genetic predisposition seems to be the best explanation for the onset of depression in most individuals.

If you fear that you may be suffering from depression, don’t wait any longer to take action to alleviate your symptoms of depression. Natural treatments exist that can be highly effective in bringing joy back into your life. Take action today to learn how a positive, holistic approach can start replacing your sadness with feelings of happiness, and start enjoying your life once again!

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