Depression is a serious mental illness that causes the sufferer to feel helpless and depress. It is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. This type of mental illness is usually treated with medication therapy. It varies from mild to severe depression. There are also different types or subtypes of
depression, making it hard to diagnose. To get fully diagnosed with depression, it is best to consult a professional.
The difficult part about treating depression is that the medication is only able to keep your mood in control and not cure the disease itself. Missing medication or changing doses can cause the chemicals in your brain to go erratic. Treating depression requires a lot of time and effort. Sufferers constantly strive to achieve balance without medication, but sufferers do know this is utterly difficult to achieve.
Depression remove the life from the sufferer and can at times be debilitating. With proper medication and therapy you’ll be able to get back to normal everyday life. Changing your chemical balance require a change in physical activity, ways of thinking and lifestyle. Below are some natural treatments for
♦ Finding a good routine to follow. Depression can change your natural routine, it can alter the way you look at life and how you perform. Some Psychiatrist suggests that the best way to
combat some of the symptoms of depression is to find a stable routine. Having structure in your life while you have depression is incredibly important. This may seem like a small and tiny thing, but this can do wonders for your mood. Having depression causes the sufferer to sometime disassociate themselves to everyday life, causing one day to pass; one after another. Setting up a daily schedule will help you get your structure back.
♦ Set your goals. When you’re depressed, you feel like accomplishing some of the easiest and most basic task seem impossible. Failing at trying can also make you feel worse and deter back to your depression. You will need a little push every day to prevent succumbing to your illness. Start with small, everyday task. Make a goal that you’ll surely succeed in the beginning and start from there. Starting with this small goal will make you feel better and make you more
courageous at achieving tougher goals.
♦ Exercise! One of the hardest things to do when you have depression is to actually have motivation to work out, but it is of the best and most natural way to improve your chemical
balance. Working out will help increase endorphins of feel good chemicals in the brain. Having a consistent workout plan will help benefit you in the long run. Regular exercise will improve your mood and alter a person’s state of mind. You don’t
need to go crazy and pump iron every few hours to help with your depression. All you need is a few minutes of keeping active a day can help.
♦ Eating healthy! There is no specific diet that can help cure depression, but it is important to watch what you eat. Certain foods can trigger depression. Overeating can be a symptom of
depression, making you feel the need eat without control. Eating makes you feel happy or safe. This is usually called emotional eating and leaving it as it is can cause obesity and at times lead to an eating disorder. Another mental illness that
is hard to overcome. Instead of picking fast food or comfort food, opt for the healthiest options. There is no scientific proof, but it indicates that having a diet high in omega 3 fatty acids and folic acid can aide depression.
♦ Get enough sleep. Depression can cause your sleeping
pattern to change and make sleeping a lot harder. Little to no sleep will only make depression worse. What can you do besides popping some pills? Well, you can make some lifestyle changes to help get your shut eye on. Go to bed a lot earlier and leave all your gadgets outside. Turn your computer and TV off, leave distractions away.
♦ Remove or reduce caffeine intake. There are a lot of health benefits you can get from coffee, but mixing caffeine and depression is never a good thing. Caffeine can help boost your mood, but will also cause a sudden crash. Drinking too much caffeine will alter the chemicals in your brain, increasing the symptoms of depression.
I hope these natural tips can help improve your lifestyle and affect your mood. Depression can cause you to lose all your faith in life. Learning to love it again will take time and effort. Learning to be happy and contended with depression will be a struggle, but is well worth all the effort.