Like many other chronic illnesses, depression can be caused by a wide
variety of factors and is characterized by several out of a long list of
symptoms. It affects people of all ages, races, and nationalities and,
according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is the most costly of all
diseases, largely because it disables people who would otherwise be
productive. It is estimated that 10 percent of the U.S. population
experiences depression severe enough to require medical attention, with
women twice as likely as men to develop depression.
A major depressive episode is diagnosed when a patient suffers from a
combination of psychological and physical symptoms that are a significant
change from the person's prior level of functioning. It requires more than
just a sad mood for the diagnosis to be made. A major depressive episode
can be devastating and often affects every aspect of a person's life.
Beyond a sad mood, there is often great fatigue and apathy, an inability to
enjoy once-pleasurable activities, disturbed sleep, increased or decreased
appetite, and a low sex drive. Depression generally leaves it sufferers
feeling worthless, hopeless, guilty, irritable, or angry. Even a touch of
the blues can impair the immune system, and serious cases often go
hand-in-hand with other chronic illnesses. People with severe cases have
constant thoughts of death and suicide. Depression can be deadly.
Approximately one out of eight people will kill themselves during a major
Although it is often normal and healthy to experience sad moods in response
to a trauma, such as the loss of a loved one, a major depressive episode is
characterized by inappropriate sadness that persists or is out of
proportion with its apparent cause. Clinical depression can further be
categorized into unipolar depression, marked by recurring episodes of
sadness, and bipolar depression, in which the sadness alternates with
periods of elation and mania. Unipolar depression is by far the more common
of the two. Both kinds of clinical depression can be caused by a number of
factors, including constant tension and unresolved stress, genetics,
chemical or hormonal imbalances, chronic illness, poor diet, food
allergies, nutritional deficiencies, and even inadequate sunlight.
If your depression is clearly reactive to stresses or events in your life,
many of the following therapies may ease some of your discomforts and help
you work your way through the source of your sadness. Professional
counseling is also a good idea. If you suspect that you are clinically
depressed, first consult a doctor to rule out any underlying illness (such
as a thyroid problem), then see a psychologist or a psychiatrist for a
diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Obviously, it is best to work with a
doctor who embraces natural therapies and will work with you to find the
cause of your depression. The suggestions here will support your therapy
and will point you toward possible causes or aggravating factor of your
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Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and
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Take 200 mg of an enteric-coated form two times daily on an
empty stomach for two weeks. If you notice improvement,
stay on this dosage. If there is a little improvement, then
increase to 400 mg two to three times daily. SAMe increases
the concentration of brain neurotransmitters that are
responsible for your mood.
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Start with 50 mg taken three times daily on an empty
stomach. Dosage can be increased to 100 mg three times
daily if necessary.
Super Prescription #3
St. John’s Wort
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Take 300 mg of a product standardized to 0.3 percent
hypericin three times daily (total of 900 mg).
Super Prescription #4
B - Complex – Vitamin B
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Take a 50 mg B-complex one to two times daily. B vitamins
such as B12, folic acid, and B6 are intricately involved in
Super Prescription #5
Omega 3, 6 9
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Take this product as directed on the bottle. Essential
fatty acids such as DHA improve neurotransmitter function.
Super Prescription # 6
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Take 60 to 120 mg twice daily of a standardized product
containing 24 percent flavone glycosides and 6 percent
terpene lactones. Ginkgo improves blood flow to the brain
and enhances neurotransmitter activity.
Super Prescription #7
Multivitamin – High Potency
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This provides a base of nutrients involved with brain
function. Either liquid or tablets.
Super Prescription # 8
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Take this product as directed on the bottle. This is our
Best Seller for Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
Super Prescription # 9 Inositol
Some research has shown that increased levels of Inositol
appear to be a promising treatment for depression
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A depressed person will usually have several of the following symptoms:
Inability to enjoy things
Mood swings, at times, characterized by unexplained weeping
Felling of apathy, worthlessness, helplessness, irritability, or guilt
Sleep problems (either insomnia or sleeping too much)
Appetite disturbances (eating too little or too much)
Headaches, backaches, and digestive problems
Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
Decreased sex drive
Avoiding social situations
Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Any of the following can cause depression by itself, but most depressed
people are affected by more than one factor.
Tension and stress
Unresolved emotional issues
Chronic illness or pain
Hormonal imbalance, especially after childbirth or as a result of oral
contraceptives and other synthetic hormone medications; commonly occurs
with PMS and menopause
Preexisting conditions-most commonly, hypoglycemia, anemia, sleep
apnea, low adrenal function, and thyroid gland malfunction
Alcohol and recreational drug use
Nutritional deficiencies (particularly of B12, folic acid, B6, B1
tyrosine, and tryptophan)
Lack of sunlight
Medications, including corticosteroids, antihistamines blood pressure
medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, narcotics, and some
Heavy metal toxicity
Depression is caused by inadequate nutrition. Even if that's not the cause
with you, a sound diet will help create healthier brain chemistry. Eat a
good diet balanced with complex carbohydrates are high in serotonin, a
deficiency of which can cause depression and insomnia.
Soy, beans, lean poultry, eggs, nuts (walnuts are excellent), and seeds are
excellent sources of protein, which will boost your energy levels. Have
some several times a day.
Consume cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and cod, three times a
You need to keep your sugar levels regulated, so instead of eating three
large meals a day, try five to six smaller ones.
Consume 1 tablespoon of ground-up flax seeds daily. This is a good source
of fiber and essential fatty acids. Sprinkle on a salad or mix in a shake.
Add 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil or an oil blend to your salad daily for
healthful essential fatty acids.
Foods to Avoid
Many depressed people have hidden food allergies. Any food is a potential
allergen, but wheat is the product most often linked to depression.
Dramatically reduce your intake of hydrogenated / partially hydrogenated
and saturated fats, which only increases fatigue and sluggishness.
Caffeine and refined sugar may make you feel temporarily better, but your
body soon "crashes" from the high, leaving you even more exhausted or
irritable. They also deplete vital nutrients from your system. Eliminate
these substances from your diet.
Alcohol is a depressant, so avoid wine, beer, and liquor. If you are so
unhappy that you feel you need alcohol, talk to a doctor or a therapist.
General Stress-Reduction Therapies
If you're depressed, you're experiencing powerful and probably continuous
levels of stress. It is vital for your emotional and physical health that
you find at least one way to control anxiety, fear, or tension. Prayer,
counseling, and positive mental imagery are all helpful.
If you sense that your depression is more than you can handle, don't
hesitate to seek help from a psychotherapist, a religious advisor, or a
support group. It helps a great deal to talk to people who have worked with
others in great emotional pain.
Make an effort to stay in contact with beauty. If you have a garden or live
near a nice park, spend as much time there as possible. And try to bring
some of that beauty indoors: buy yourself a bouquet of flowers, listen to a
favorite CD, or hang a watercolor of a nature scene on the wall in your
Regular exercise has been shown to be effective in improving depression.
Try to get some physical activity every day for thirty minutes.
It may sound facile, but one quick way to feel better, at least
temporarily, is to go dancing. Dancing releases endorphins, powerful
hormones that will raise your spirits and you'll benefit from the touch of
other people, not to mention the pleasure of losing yourself in the music.
Helping others with their problems is a great way to relieve depression.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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