Depression is a psychiatric or mood disorder and can affect adults and children. This serious medical illness shouldn’t be taken lightly. Depression doesn’t go away quickly like temporary sadness. Depression symptoms include a change in the way you think about things.
You may start to thing negative about everything and have problems concentrating or feel mentally foggy. Appetite changes can occur which cause loss of weight and energy. Even little things you need to do may overwhelm you. Life in general often gets very difficult to cope with.
There are many different reasons for depression which cause an imbalance of the chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters. Some other depression symptoms are constantly feeling like you could cry and sleeping too much or too little. You may feel unusually irritable, worthless and lose hope that things will get better.
Decisions may be hard to make even if it’s about something simple. One of the main symptoms of depression is loss of interest in things you use to love doing. Some of the physical problems that are caused by depression are headaches, back and neck pain, digestive distress and chest pains with heart palpitations.
There are several kinds of depression disorders. Major depression can be disabling to the point that you can’t function normally. It interferes with everything you do. Dysthymic disorder isn’t as severe as major depression but it can last as long as two years. You can usually still function but feel distressed no matter what you do.
Postpartum or postnatal depression symptoms make it difficult to take care of yourself and your new baby. This kind of depression is more severe than just having baby blues. You may experience mood swings, extreme sadness, crying and difficulty sleeping. Feelings of negativity toward your baby can also be caused by postpartum depression. Seasonal affective disorder or SAD is a depression caused by not having enough sun exposure during the winter.
Medications to combat depression symptoms may have side effects that aren’t good for your health. They can be addicting and the chemicals in these medications don’t cure the problem.
Natural remedies can help depression without harmful side effects if taken correctly.
Clinical studies have shown that St. John’s Wort and Passion Flower extract are an effective natural treatment to relieve the main symptoms of depression, SAD, anxiety and insomnia. Even major depression and Dysthymic disorder have improved with natural remedies. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils have been found to be a successful treatment for depression according to preliminary studies. A natural antidepressant called 5-HTP increases serotonin levels. Low serotonin can be a cause of depression. The remedy for Seasonal Affective Disorder is exposure to bright light from a fluorescent light.
So If you or a loved one are showing depression symptoms do some research on the different types of treatment available. For me, personally, I will always look to natural remedies first and conventional remedies last due to the negative side effects associated with prescription medicines.