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LavenderProblems and misfortunes are a part of life therefore some experience unhappiness, and many people may become depressed temporarily when things don't go as they would like.

Experiences of failure commonly result in temporary feelings of worthlessness and self-blame, while personal losses cause feelings of sadness, disappointment and emptiness.

Such feelings are normal, and they usually pass after a short time. This is not the case with depressive illness.

People suffering from a depressive episode will often display a variety of physical symptoms. The depressed person may complain of a sad or blue mood. However, most people have symptoms not readily recognizable as depression, because they have never had a previous episode of depression.

Physical symptoms are most often the sole indicators of depression; headaches, vague muscle pains and bowel complaints are common presentations.

For some people, physical symptoms are a way of gaining access to their doctor. People often believe a depressed mood is their fault, a character weakness, a sign of not being able to cope in society, and that they will be ridiculed by their doctor, whom they may view as an authority figure.

Depressed patients may be afraid to say they are depressed and are apt to deny the diagnosis of depression. Such individuals need continued support before they feel comfortable enough to accept the diagnosis of a psychiatric illness and to comply with treatment.

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Depression becomes an illness, or clinical depression, when the feelings described above are severe, last for several weeks, and begin to interfere with one's work and social life. Depressive illness can change the way a person thinks and behaves, and how his/her body functions. Some of the signs to look for are:

  • feeling worthless, helpless or hopeless,
  • sleeping more or less than usual,
  • eating more or less than usual,
  • having difficulty concentrating or making decisions,
  • loss of interest in taking part in activities,
  • decreased sex drive,
  • avoiding other people,
  • overwhelming feelings of sadness or grief,
  • feeling unreasonably guilty,
  • loss of energy, feeling very tired,
  • thoughts of death or suicide.

If you or someone you know has been experiencing a number of these symptoms we encourage you or your friend to seek professional help.

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There is no one cause of depression, neither is it fully understood. The following factors may make some people more prone than others to react to a loss or failure with a clinical depression:

  • specific, distressing life events,
  • a biochemical imbalance in the brain,
  • psychological factors, like a negative or pessimistic view of life

There may also be a genetic link since people with a family history of depression are more likely to experience it.

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Home Remedies

Depression is the most treatable of mental illnesses. Most people who suffer from depression are helped by the treatment they get, which usually includes medication and/or psychological counselling. Support from family, friends and self-help groups can also make a big difference.

Many people who are seriously depressed wait too long to seek treatment or they may not seek treatment at all. They may not realize that they have a treatable illness, or they may be concerned about getting help because of the negative attitudes held by society towards this type of illness.

Old traditional methods

  • Eat Nuts, cheese and a spoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
  • Eat at least 5 bananas a day, Reduce to one in time.
  • Eat a lot of pumpkin seeds.
  • Warm avocado leaves and put them on forehead.
  • Get into a warm bath with a lot of salt and relax.

An Apple eaten with milk and honey is very good to uplift a mood. Good Home Remedy for Depression.

Cook 3-4 tablespoons of oatmeal to 1 cup of rice milk or soy milk, boil and stir for a minute on law temperature. Can add nuts, almonds, dried fruits, maple syrup or honey.

Add some fresh Rose petals to a cup of boiling water. Add sugar and drink whenever feeling depressed.

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Herbal Remedies

St Johns Wort - this can be made into a tea or taken in capsules

Catnip - this can be made into a tea

Kava - this can be taken as a capsule

Blanch 5-7 rosemary leaves in a boiling cup of water, add honey, wait 3 minutes and drink.

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Wellness Program

There is a strong correlation between anxiety/panic disorder and low levels of certain vitamins and minerals. There are several things you can do to restore this balance in your body:

  • Take Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules 400mg daily
  • Take calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and b-complex vitamin supplements
  • Avoid refined sugars and carbohydrates, and instead eat foods low in sugar and containing whole grains
  • Avoid coffee, tea, and cola sodas (or any other drinks with caffeine)
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs, as these tend to use up your bodies supply of important vitamins and minerals when your body metabolizes them
  • If you consume artificial sweeteners, stop! Splenda, Nutrisweet (Aspertame), and Sugar Alcohol should be avoided.

Stress Reducers:

Relaxation and Meditation are also effective measures in the treatment of depression. The best method of is Meditation involving training the mind to remain fixed on a particular external or internal location. Meditation helps to create balance in the nervous system.

Lying down, in a dark room, maybe getting a 1/2 hour of sleep will always make you feel better.

Get plenty of exercise

Seek Counseling

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