Natural Depression Cures - Tiziana M. - ebook
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Depression is a terribly debilitating and damaging mental illness, onethat Western medicine almost invariably insists on treating withpharmaceutical based antidepressants (with the notable exception ofsome European countries).However, as you have now discovered, there are many ways that youcan tackle the depression that you or someone else close you issuffering from, in a completely natural manner. Given theacknowledged side-effects of pharmaceutical antidepressant drugs,using the natural treatment tactics and strategies that you have read inthis report is good sense, something that should always be the option offirst choice.Having said that, it has to be acknowledged that there are cases ofdepression of such severity that no amount of natural treatmentmethods is going to make a great deal of difference.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Chapter 1

 

 

Natural Depression Cures

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

What is depression? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Section summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Major depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Specific symptoms of major depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

What causes major depression? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Medical (biological) treatment for major depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Sub-types of major depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Section summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Bipolar disorder (manic depression) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Manic warning signs, and how to recognize a manic episode .. . . . . . . . . . 10

Signs of a depressive episode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Recognizing suicidal signs… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Mixed bipolar states . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Bipolar disorder in children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Section summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Other types of depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Dysthymia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Postpartum depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Seasonal affective disorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Section summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Starting to seek natural cures for depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

The cure sometimes depends on the cause… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Don’t underestimate the importance of environment… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Helping others will probably help you... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Start to take your life back through words… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Depression is a cry for a change… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Turn the negatives into positives… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Section summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Other simple, natural ways of dealing with depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Using exercise and yoga to get rid of depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Hypnotherapy to treat depression… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Acupuncture for treating depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Emotional freedom technique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Section summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Natural ingested remedies for depression . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

St John’s wort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Omega-3 fatty acids… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Folic acid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Sam-e . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Watch your diet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Additional herbal remedies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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Section summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

It is a fact of life that everyone has times in their life when things are

not as good as they could be, times when people feel down and

miserable. For most of us however, times such as these are transient,

periods that we quickly come through before emerging from the dark

times and into the light of ‘normality’ once again.

For a significant (and growing) number of people, their reality is

unfortunately not like this. It is one where the dark times represent the

norm, because they suffer varying degrees of unhappiness and anguish

on an almost daily basis, and just getting through each day is a

significant challenge for them.

The degree to which people can feel this way differs from person to

person, but for those who suffer the most, genuine depression is the

reality of the life that they face every day.

There is no doubt that there are millions of people all over the world

who have a very serious problem with depression, and there is little

doubt that most of these people are taking pharmaceutical drugs to

deal with their problem. Indeed, according to this website, it is

estimated that nearly 10% of the population of the USA suffers from

depression, which equates to nearly 20 million adults, so both the scale

of the problem and the amount of pharmaceutical drugs being

consumed is huge.

The saddest thing is, it is not always necessary to take drugs, because

there is an abundance of completely natural ways that you can treat

depression, many of which have every chance of achieving outstanding

success.

In this book, you will read of many of these methods of banishing

depression entirely naturally, but before beginning to consider what

these natural remedies for this debilitating illness are, let us first

analyze exactly what depression is in a little more detail so that we

know we are working with the facts.

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What is depression?

 

Depression can be defined as ‘a mental disorder characterized by a

pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity’.

However, it is important to realize that while this definition is true in the

most general sense, there are many different types of depression

recognized by mental health care professionals, and all of them differ in

terms of specific symptoms and causes.

On a general level however, depression is a mental health disorder that

can affect every aspect of your life. It can change the way you sleep,

the way you deal with other people, and the way you view life in

general. It is an all-pervasive condition that is very different from a

passing mood - something that does not simply go away, nor is it a sign

of personal weakness or lack of courage.

Depression will affect every aspect of your life to some degree. Your

body, mind, almost every individual thought you have is affected by

depression, and it is not something that you can simply ‘snap out of’.

Without suitable treatment, symptoms of depression can last for

months or years, and the severity of the symptoms can also vary

extremely widely.

 

Section summary

• On a general level, depression is a mental illness that can affect

every single aspect of your life.

• There are many different types of depression, and each has very

different characteristics.

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Major depression

 

Major depression (sometimes known as clinical depression, unipolar

depression or unipolar disorder) is characterized by an all-encompassing

low mood in combination with low esteem and a lack of pleasure in

those aspects of life that are normally considered to be pleasurable.

Suffering a major depression (which is a depression that lasts for some

time – usually, two weeks is the minimum period used to define the

condition) is a thoroughly debilitating experience that adversely affects

the sufferer’s ability to lead a normal life, usually impinging upon their

ability to work, to live a normal family and home life, sleep, eating and

even their general health.

 

Specific symptoms of major depression

People who are suffering a major depressive disorder may suffer some

or all of the following symptoms:

• Feelings of unbounded pessimism or hopelessness.

• A persistent anxious, sad or somehow ‘empty’ mood.

• Decreased energy levels and persistent fatigue.

• Consistent feelings of worthlessness and a lack of personal value.

• Persistent sleep disorders, such as insomnia or regular

oversleeping.

• An inability to concentrate or remember things.

• Constant restlessness and irritability.

• Loss of appetite and associated loss of weight.

• Alternatively, persistent over eating and consequent weight gain.

• Thoughts of suicide and/or suicide attempts.

• Persistent physical maladies such as headaches and digestive

problems that do not respond to the normal physical treatment

that would banish these problems.

The diagnosis of clinical depression is based on the patient’s own

experiences as reported by them, the information supplied by family

members, colleagues and friends, backed up by a mental status

examination carried out by a qualified mental health professional. Even

now, there is no recognized laboratory test for major depression,

although in most cases, medical practitioners will test any

accompanying physical problems in order to rule out physical causation

of those problems.

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The normal onset of major depression happens between the ages of 30

and 40, with statistics suggesting that the condition is likely to peak in

severity somewhere between ages of 50 and 60. In the USA, clinical

depression is reported in women around twice as frequently as it is in

men, although men pose a significantly higher suicide risk.

 

 

 

What causes major depression?

While it cannot be said that we fully understand exactly what causes

major depression, it is now widely agreed that it is caused by a

combination of biological, psychological and social factors (the

biopsychosocial model).

Furthermore, it is suggested by the diathesis – stress model that people

who suffer major depression had a pre-existing vulnerability to the

condition that has somehow been triggered by some of the more

stressful events that occur in day-to-day life. To take this one stage

further, the same model suggests that this pre-existing vulnerability can

be either genetic or something that has been learned during the course

of the sufferer’s life.

Because it is believed that major depression is a biopsychosocial

condition, it is one that is generally treated on three levels, with

attention being paid to the biological, psychological and social

conditions that have prompted the illness.

It is also worth noting that research over the years has indicated that

some types of depression tend to run in families, suggesting that

certain family groups have a ‘hardwired’ genetic vulnerability to

depression. It also appears that some families have a tendency to suffer

from depression generation after generation, and major depression is

certainly a primary culprit in both of these situations. The importance of

family background cannot therefore be underestimated or ignored.

 

Medical (biological) treatment for major depression

Psychiatrists and other physicians will usually try to treat major

depression by prescribing antidepressants, which are drugs that work

by altering the levels of various neurotransmitters in the brain of

anyone suffering from the condition. In turn, neurotransmitters are

chemicals that relay information between the neurons of the brain and

other cells.

The neurotransmitter that is most commonly affected by

antidepressants is serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that controls

and regulates the levels of other neurotransmitters in the brain. Low

levels of serotonin are believed to result in equally low levels of

norepinephrine in the brain, and it is this that is generally believed to

cause major depression.

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Consequently, antidepressants are designed to either increase the

levels of serotonin or norepinephrine or alternatively the levels of a

third neurotransmitter, dopamine. Dopamine is a close relation of

adrenalin which is the hormone that controls action and energy levels,

so to a certain degree, the specific antidepressant to be prescribed will

depend upon the specific symptoms the patient exhibits.

For example, if the primary symptoms are anxiety and irritability, then

norepinephrine based antidepressants are more likely, whereas

dopamine-based drugs are more likely to be prescribed when a patient

reports lack of energy and enjoyment of life.

In addition to treating major depression on a biological level,

psychiatrists will also treat the condition on a psychological level. Most

importantly in this respect, it is believed that the ability of an individual

who suffers major depressive attacks to deal with everyday events in a

normal way is somehow impaired. For example, while most major

depression sufferers are very quick to blame themselves for negative

events, they are far less likely to take credit for positive ones.

Finally, you have the social aspects that are believed to contribute to

major depression, such as social isolation, abuse or major deprivation.

The ability to deal with the social aspects of major depression causation

will to a large extent depend upon whether those causes are in the past

or still present. In the first situation, the social aspects can be dealt

with by appropriate counseling, whereas in the latter situation, it could

be considerably more difficult to do anything about the problem.

 

 

Sub-types of major depression

Atypical depression: Is a condition where the sufferer is able to sleep

and eat normally while enjoying life in a perfectly normal way.

However, there is a general feeling of lethargy surrounding them almost

all the time.

Psychotic depression: This subtype is one where major depression

symptoms are combined with delusional perceptions or psychotic

tendencies or behavior.

Melancholic depression: This occurs when the sufferer is specifically

unable to feel pleasure, which may be combined with a loss of appetite,