What Is Depression?
Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistently low mood and a feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is a persistent problem, not a passing one, lasting on average 6 to 8 months.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the most common illness worldwide and the leading cause of disability. They estimate that 350 million people are affected by depression, globally.
Fast facts on depression:
- Depression seems to be more common among women than men.
- Symptoms include lack of joy and reduced interest in things.
- The causes of depression are not fully understood but are likely to be a complex combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychosocial factors.
Sadness, feeling down, having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities – these are symptoms familiar to all of us. But, if they persist and affect our life substantially, it may be depression and needs to be addressed immediately.
There are three main treatments for depression. The two most important—and widespread by far are psychotherapy and psychotropic medication for e.g. antidepressants.
Psychotherapy aims to alter the patient’s cognitive and behavioral responses to stressful life events while also giving emotional support to the patient.
Antidepressant medications, by contrast, directly affect the chemistry of the brain and presumably achieve their therapeutic effects by correcting the chemical dysregulation that is causing the depression.
Supplements That Help Deal With Depression
Divya Medha Vati
Is an ayurvedic proprietary medicine by Patanjali containing a blend of herbs that are beneficial in the treatment of depression and stress.
Himalaya Mentat Tablet
Mentat Channelizes mental energy and enhances memory and learning capacity. It is rich in Brahmi, Ashwagandha and Madhukaparni.
Role of Key ingredients, thyme-Leaved Gratiola (Brahmi) maintains cognitive function. Well known for its memory enhancer effect, the herb enhances memory and learning. It is also known to calm restlessness and is used to treat several mental disorders.
Winter Cherry (Ashvagandha) is used as a mood stabilizer in clinical conditions of anxiety and depression. Withanolides, the chemical constituents present in Winter Cherry, possess rejuvenating properties. The herb also reduces oxidative stress, which can cause mental fatigue.
Role of Key Ingredients, Ginkgo Biloba is a brain revitalizer that treats depression, memory loss in the elderly.
Multivitamins shows excellent antioxidant properties, scavenges free radicals. Vitamins are also essential for growth, muscle development and nervous system strengthening. Multiminerals helps in overall well being and increases appetite. They also play important role in making gums, teeth & bones strong.
Nutrition check for depression
Unfortunately, there is no diet plan that you can follow to relieve depression. Still, while certain eating plans or foods may not ease your symptoms or put you instantly in a better mood, a healthy diet may help as part of your overall treatment.
Antioxidants Prevent Cell Damage
Our bodies normally make molecules called free radicals, but these can lead to cell damage, aging, and other problems.
Studies show that your brain is particularly at risk. Although there’s no way to stop free radicals completely, you can lessen their destructive effect by eating foods rich in antioxidants, including:
- Beta-carotene: apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, collards, peaches, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato
- Vitamin C: blueberries, broccoli, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, peppers, potatoes, strawberries, tomato
- Vitamin E: margarine, nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, wheat germ.
You do not have to feel guilty or embarrassed about being depressed. There are many healthy ways to fight depression. Check out our 7 Steps to Help Fight Depression.
Meditation & Yoga For Depression
Meditation is as an altered state of consciousness. Yoga is part meditation, with specific body poses and breathing techniques. It also helps you relax. Practices vary, and some aren’t recommended for people with certain medical conditions. Some evidence suggests yoga may be good for depression, too, but the evidence isn’t conclusive.
Talk to your doctor
Although some herbs and supplements show promise in treating depression, they aren’t a consistent or reliable option when you experience severe depression. Don’t rely on supplements as a way to pull you through severe depression symptoms. Work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that works for you.
Enjoy a healthy living
This Depression Test is based on the Depression Screening Test by Ivan Goldberg, M.D.
According to the NIMH Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting more than 15 million adults in the United States (~6.7% of the population). Take this self-assessment test to see if you may be someone who could benefit from the treatment and support of a mental health professional.