Depression: The Natural Solution to an Enhanced Mood
Depression, at its worst, is a silent killer. It challenges life in multiple ways and interferes with work, social life, relationships and health. Understanding these feelings and how it affects you forms a good starting point for recovery but there are natural solutions to help. Ready to try?
The symptoms of depression
Everyone has those days when they feel a little bit down but usually, these low moods improve fairly quickly. However, for some people, deep feelings of sadness or emotional pain just does not dissipate, and they talk about the dark cloud that hovers above them and, the intense lethargy experienced. Feeling sad affects everyone in life from time to time. Something goes wrong, and we may feel helpless or frustrated by the turn of events. As such, feelings of sadness can increase in intensity and turn into anger, anxiousness, emotional pain and even depression.
On a psychological less level, depression occurs when there is an imbalance of neurochemicals and hormones in the brain. Most people are familiar with dopamine, cortisol, adrenaline and serotonin but, another important neurochemical which has great importance to the stability of mood is oxytocin. This neurochemical is released when we feel comforted by others and this is why we feel better when someone hugs us.
If you experience any of the following symptoms for more than a few days, then, it’s important to seek professional medical advice.
- Inability to sleep or sleeping too much
- A lack of focus
- Feeling unhealthy and happy
- Feeling overwhelmed
- An inability to control negative thoughts
- Feeling irritable
- Feeling angry or aggressive
- Turning to alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism
- Being reckless
- Increase in weight for weight loss
- Suicidal thoughts
Clinical depression is more than just feeling generally sad. While deep sadness is likely, there will be a sense of hopelessness or, helplessness too. Self-esteem may also be impacted. Clinical depression can occur for long periods of time – even months. When depression strikes, you may struggle to deal with life on a day-to-day basis, in fact, life may seem to crumble.