Depression – It Will Be OK
Depression is a mood problem characterized by feelings and behaviors of despair, sadness, worry, emptiness, anxiety, worthlessness, and guilt; an emotional state of devastation that may influence our ordinary activities as well as how we perceive ourselves and the world around us.
There are ways to treat it, both professional treatments and natural remedies, that have been confirmed to be effective. We will cover the professional treatments first, then the natural remedies. As usual, the natural remedies will have fewer or no side effects.
Professional Treatments for Depression
Antidepressants are useful when the depression is moderate to severe–not so much when it’s mild. There are side effects.
Antidepressants are used to treat depression symptoms, including sadness and tiredness, in an effort to prevent them from returning. They’re supposed to help you feel emotionally stable again and resume a normal daily routine. They’re also used to alleviate symptoms such as restlessness, anxiety, and sleep difficulties, as well as suicidal thoughts.
The most common ones are:
- TCAs – Tricyclic antidepressants
- SSRIs – Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors
- SNRIs – Selective serotonin noradrenaline re-uptake inhibitors
In one study of 100 test subjects:
- 30 felt better after taking a placebo
- 50 felt better after taking an antidepressant
This means that 20 out of 100 people improved their condition after taking an antidepressant. Here is the study.
A person suffering from depression communicates with a licensed and trained mental health care professional during psychotherapy, who aids the patient in identifying and addressing the factors that may be triggering the condition.
The goal is to understand why the depression is occurring and find ways to cope with it or cure it.
Electroconvulsive therapy is a type of treatment that uses electrical stimulation to stimulate the brain. Electroconvulsive therapy, in essence, stimulates the same neurochemicals — or transmitters — as antidepressants do.
Electroconvulsive Therapy is used for severely depressed or suicidal patients. Even though it causes a small seizure in the brain, it is said to be one of the safer treatments.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive therapy that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain in order to alleviate depression symptoms. TMS is typically utilized after other depression therapies have failed.
For more information on TMS, check out this article.
Natural Remedies for Depression
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar aids in the release of serotonin. Serotonin has an antidepressant and anxiolytic effect, which is why we chose it as our main neurotransmitter. It causes a positive mood, ease of mind, and relaxation, both of which are critical in combating anxiety and sadness. The more we can contribute to serotonin synthesis, the better. Low levels of serotonin are linked with sadness and anxiety.
Take one tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with a full glass of water before a meal.
The skin has a high number of cold receptors. A cold shower sends a massive number of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which might produce an anti-depressive effect. Because the therapy is non-invasive, it’s not connected with any blood supply and does not bring about any negative side effects.
Start off with 30 seconds of the coldest setting at the end of your normal shower. Work your way up to 5 minutes.
The Omega-3 in fish oil increases serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Fish oil supplementation has been known to improve a broad range of brain functions, including mood, memory, thinking and overall mental health.
5-HTP is converted into a chemical called serotonin, which is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter in the brain. Serotonin is very useful in treating depression, sleeplessness, and other types of symptoms, including anxiety.
Start with a small dose as some people have reported side effects such as nightmares when taking too much.
Depression can leave you feeling lethargic, making it difficult to be more active. If you have depression, regular exercise may improve your mood and is particularly beneficial for those who have mild to moderate symptoms.
Any type of exercise is beneficial, from walking to weight training.
According to research, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has a broad-spectrum antidepressant and antianxiety effect as well as a lowering of general psychological distress. In individuals with medical and psychiatric illnesses as well as healthy people, MBSR is beneficial for general psychological health and stress management.
For more information on the study, check out this article.
Your depression could be due to a lack of certain vitamins. Here are some of the important ones that help:
- Vitamin B-3
- Vitamin B-9
- Omega-3 fatty acid
- Vitamin C
Vitamin D -deficient people can benefit from sun exposure or Vitamin D supplements. If your depression is due to a Vitamin D deficiency, then increasing your Vitamin D levels would be essential.
Aspartame has been linked to behavioral and cognitive problems. Learning difficulties, headache, seizures, migraines, irritable moods, anxiety, sadness, sleeplessness, and depression are all possible neurophysiological symptoms. Just avoid it.
Acetyl-L-carnitine alleviates depression and improves quality of life (decreasing anxiety and sadness). A study found that ALC treatment was linked to a substantial boost in patients’ energy levels, general functioning, and well-being.
This is the study.
Please comment below on how effective these remedies were for you.