Are you feeling hopeless and are having repeated thoughts of suicide? Have you noticed any drastic changes in appetite/sleeping patterns/energy levels? Whether you are feeling blue, sad, or utterly miserable, you might be under depression. A persistent feeling of sadness and irritable mood can be attributed to clinical depression.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a report conducted in 2010 revealed that in a sample of 235,067 Americans, 9.1% suffered from current depression while 4.1% were affected by major depression. Depression is a widely common medical condition that affects 1 in 10 adults in the United States.
It is likely that you might feel low or face mood swings at some point in your life but if it is affecting your ability to enjoy life to the fullest, you need to take action. There is no single cause of depression which can be pinpointed. Depression, usually, can be caused by biological, genetic, environmental and psychological factors. Often, our genes are responsible for depressions symptoms but there might as well be certain stressful factors that trigger depression.
Stressful life events such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, employment issues, loneliness or abuse can cause depression. You may feel depressed also because of certain of cancers, recurring pain, under-active thyroid and steroids. Whatever the underlying cause would be, it is important that you seek a remedy to depression. Natural remedies for depression are pretty effective and safe, and might trigger the release of happy-making endorphins that make you feel good.
St. John’s Wort is a herbal depression remedy that has been used in folk medicine for curing sadness, nervousness and poor sleep. Clinical trials show that St. John’s Wort in fact works better than a placebo and is effective in the same way as antidepressants are for mild to moderate depression, but with fewer side effects.
Exercise is also known for uplifting mood and reducing stress since it causes release of endorphins that make you feel better. Depression natural treatments such as those consisting of omega-3 fatty acids, SAM-e, folic acid, and 5-HTP can also enhance moods and relieve depression. Bring in drastic changes in life such as limiting alcohol, sweets and caffeine as they worsen mood swings, depression, anxiety and cause insomnia. Get a little sun, exercise or talk to a life coach. Making better lifestyle choices are the best natural remedies for depression.