It is often difficult to get through your favorite television program without seeing some sort of commercial dealing with various treatments for depression. A deep caring voice talks about all sorts of symptoms that not only confuse viewers, but may actually end up making them feel depressed. There is so much advertising that studies show more and more people feel that even a minor bout with the blues warrants a prescribed pill. Although the medical industry’s maintenance for depression is valid, depending on the degree of a person’s symptoms, there are many ways to treat depression that do not require a synthetic remedy.
The first step in treating depression is to find out what type of depression you may have. There are symptoms that by all means need medical treatment. These can be highs and lows–which is when a person is ecstatic one minute and then very sad the next–to suicidal tendencies. Brain chemicals, such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins, may be compromised causing severe mood swings. If you are finding it unable to hold down a job, maintain a relationship or even take care of yourself, a doctor’s treatment is recommended. However, if you are feeling blue, down in the dumps, lethargic, cynical, angry or just plain sad, more often than not there are some things you can try to do to get back on a healthy track.
One of the hardest things to accomplish when one feels depressed is to get up and move. Depression will often send people into a bed or in front of a television keeping their energy and their mood stuck. Forcing yourself to workout, jog, take a hike, play a pickup game of volleyball or simply drive to a mall and window shop can do wonders. Movement pumps the blood through the system and gets more oxygen flowing which can stimulate the brain and the mood.
We are all walking laboratories with millions of chemical reactions occurring, simultaneously, every second. Food can make a huge difference when it comes to our mood enhancing serotonin and endorphin levels. Too much sugar can flood the body with empty energy which basically means that it has a high spike then a hard crash. This goes for caffeine and junk food such as potato chips, pizza and soda as well. Eating enzyme-rich plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, brown rice and water will be easier for your body to process. This will leave you with leftover energy that can elevate your good mood and practically eliminate bad moods. Drugs and alcohol are notorious for depleting the neurotransmitter serotonin, so cutting back or eliminating these can help tremendously.
Herbs, Vitamins and More
After checking with a doctor, trying alternative remedies can sometimes help minor bouts with depression. Keep in mind that a good four to six week regiment may be required to start seeing results. Some over the counter recommendations are: St. John’s Wort, Sam-e (S-adenosyl-L-methionine), Omega-3’s, folic acid, 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), vitamin B6 and magnesium.
Therapy is front and center in society these days making it more acceptable than ever to utilize. Talking to a professional can catapult you beyond your depression and enhance your life tremendously.