Depression is a mood disorder that causes feelings of sadness or a loss of hope for a long time. Being more serious than a simple episode of sadness, anger or just a temporary feeling of loss of energy, depression can have a significant impact on the joy of living your life, the ability to work, on general health and on close individuals.
Depression manifests itself differently from person to person. Some feel “knocked down” for a long time, while to others feelings of depression come and go. If a person has brief episodes of mild depression, it may be able to continue their professional life and cope with daily activities. However, if the person does not follow a form of treatment for depression, is at risk of becoming increasingly depressed or physically ill to. In severe cases of depression, the person may come to an inability to communicate, the inability to perform routine activities and even suicide. In these cases, seeing a specialist and following treatment are essential.
People with depression may be reluctant to seek help because of the idea that this is a sign of personal weakness or a character flaw. Today we know that depression, like any other medical condition, has a biological and chemical basis. Treatment of depression is usually safe and effective even in people with severe depression.
Causes of depression
What causes depression is a subject currently intensively studied. Experts believe that genetic predisposition, along with stressful life events, medical conditions, taking medications or other factors, may cause an imbalance of certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, causing depression.
Situations that can trigger an episode of depression are:
– Some medications such as narcotics or steroids used to remove pain, depressive symptoms usually disappear once the drug is stopped
– Disturbances of hormones, such as a thyroid or adrenal imbalance
– Chemical imbalances, such as imbalances in blood levels of calcium or low levels of iron (anemia)
– Long disease (chronic), such as arthritis, heart disease or cancer
– Infections such as viral infections or liver or brain infections
– Major stressors such as death of a loved one
– Chronic stressors such as poverty, family difficulties, own serious medical problems or a loved one.
– Elderly people who move from independent living to a life dependent on others are often depressed
– Pressures on children and adolescents, by society or those of the same age
– Consumption of alcohol, illegal substances or concerns about substance abuse
– Chronic PMS
– Chronic pain
– Recent birth.
Herbal remedies for depression
Since the problems that cause depression cannot be eliminated simply, it is important to help ourselves in other ways. Insomnia that occur as a result of depression, if is neglected, can further increase general malaise and depression default. Melatonin is a substance that our body produces naturally and is responsible to induce sleep naturally with dark. Under stress and depression occur some changes in the production of this hormone and the pineal gland does not produce enough melatonin, so insomnia appears. A solution to address depression is supplementation with melatonin that removes sleeping problems (insomnia) occurring frequently in patients with depression.
Rhodiola Rosea (Rhodiolin Calivita) is an adaptogenic herb that eliminates the harmful effect of stress on the heart, increases serotonin and dopamine in people exposed to stress and decreases the harmful effects of partial components (cortisol and glucocorticoid), thus providing an optimal level of these hormones. This herb is effective in improving mood and relieving depression.
Noni fruit extract also is effective in combating depression because it helps to regulate sleep and blood pressure, creates a general feeling of well, relieving fatigue and depression. Serotonin and scopoletin – two active compounds found in the composition of the fruit – are known for their effectiveness in treating depression, anxiety, obsessive-phobic disorders, sleep disorders and pain.