Depression is probably the most misrepresented of all psychological problems. It is also the most common. Sadly, about two-thirds of patients suffering from depression remain untreated.
In most cases, people tend to dismiss depression as a general phase of gloom and inadequacy. Therefore, it is expected that the phase shall pass, and the individual will emerge out of their unhappiness. Sometimes their lack of action is a result of ignorance, but many times the reason for ignoring an extended condition of depression is fear of social taboo.
A temporary state of melancholy does not interfere with normal work schedule. But major depression can disrupt the social, family, and professional life of an individual. Clinical depression can be genetic or can be caused due to the environment.
Some situations that can trigger depression are the following:
* Traumatic or emotional events
* Changes in the chemical processes of the body
Although a brief, intense sorrow can usually be overcome, clinical depression needs to be treated. Conventional therapies like drugs and electroconvulsive therapy have been around for many years and used extensively. Recently, natural remedies for depression are gaining popularity since they do not have the side effects and repercussions that are associated with conventional treatments. Both conventional and natural remedies for treating depression usually focus on rectifying the passage of signals from nerve cells.
Treating depression naturally is most effective when the depression has been identified at an early stage. It can bring significant positive results without the need for antidepressants or electroshock therapy.
A high protein diet has significant antidepressant properties. Amino acids are essential for a good metabolism and growth, and therefore improve mental alertness. A diet rich in milk and eggs elevates the general mood and mental health. A balanced diet with sufficient quantities of vitamins, specifically B6 and folic acid, is also known to help with depression. Fish oil is a natural source of fatty acids, and a reasonable dose of natural fish oil is a good supplement for a fit brain.
Certain herbal formulations that contain St. John’s Wort are also helpful in treating depression.
St. John’s Wort is an herb of the genus Hypericum known for its curative properties. It is now an accepted natural remedy for depression in Europe and is fast gaining prominence around the world.
Early detection of depression can be beneficial in treatment, as it gives alternative remedies an opportunity to be effective.
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