What is depression?
Here in the United States, depression affects one in five Americans, making it the most common medical problem in America.
Depression affects young people, right up to our senior citizens, and is twice as common in women than men.
Depression does not only affect our minds or emotions, it affects the entire body ,the nervous system, our moods, thoughts and behaviors.
It affects the way you eat and sleep, it affects the way you feel about yourself, and the way you react and think about the people and things around you.
Many of us have love ones that are depressed and we are completely blind to the fact. Family members in some cases should not bear all the blame for not recognizing the signs. Many of those who are depressed simply hide tor mask their depression. Reports show that over 80% of most cases of depression can be treated, however, they don’t get treatment. Simply due to shame, embarrassment or criticism they fail to report it and suffer. When depression becomes chronic the end result 15% of the time ends in a visit to the emergency room or suicide.
Lets all do the ones we care about a favor and lookout for the following signs. You might save a life!
Symptoms of Depression
People with depression typically withdraw and hide from society as they lose interest in the things around them. This alienation can be problematic due to the individuals inborn temperament. Certain temperaments can adapt to the seclusion while others who are more relation-ship oriented fall deeper into depression.
- chronic fatigue,
- sleep disturbances (either through insomnia or excessive sleeping)
- changes in appetite
- headaches, and/or back-aches
- digestive disorders
- restlessness, irritability
- quickness to anger
- loss of interest or pleasure in socilizing
- and feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy (low self-esteem)
Officially we simply just don’t know what really causes depression. However, we are fully aware of what can trigger depression in our lives, and the lives of those we love. We listed some triggers below.
- a traumatic life event
- a hyper stimulated immune system
- chemical in-balance in the brain
- thyroid disorders
- nutritional deficiencies
- poor diet
- the consumption of sugar
- a lack of exercise
*Foods greatly influences the brains behavior, especially when you consume junk food. Poor diet and consumption of junk food is a common cause of depression. Our brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters are controlled by what we eat, and are closely linked to our moods. Our food literally affects our moods, which directly affects our minds resulting in depression. There is a direct connection to the increase of diagnosed cases of depression with the deterioration of our food and its production. Bottom line, eat healthy.
Consume a diet that includes plenty of raw fruits and vegetables, with soy beans and soy products, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and brown rice.
Food such as turkey and salmon, which are high in protein can alleviate depression. Avoid foods, such as hamburgers and French fries, which are high in saturated fats etc. There are many more recommendations to battle and defeat depression.
For more information on depression, along with in-depth natural ways to eliminate depression, give us a shout. The first step to take, is to identify the cause of your personal depression. This can effectively be done through completing a simple and quick Temperament Assessment to accurately identify your individual needs for the following:
- control and power
- love and affection. Within minutes your results will be available. At that time, a Licensed Counselor will contact you and set-up a time to review your clinical Temperament Report.