What Is Depression?
Everyone has periods of sadness once in a while, or maybe even a little despair from time to time, but when your sadness and hopelessness just doesn’t go away, it could be that you are suffering from depression. It is normal to have some unhappiness in your life like when someone close to you passes away or when you are having financial difficulties. However, clinical depression is more than just having a few days of sorrow. It is when that no matter what you do, you can’t seem to shake the grief and despair that you feel.
True clinical depression makes you feel like you are in a black hole that you can’t climb out of. It is actually a medical condition that is caused from an imbalance of brain chemicals that can cause strain on your life, your relationships, and your performance at work. If not treated, it can and will have a serious impact on your life. Depression may start very simply, with something that makes you feel gloomy. You may lack energy or feel fatigued. If it isn’t treated, it may progress to the point that you give up your friends, your job, and anything that you enjoy. Eventually you become so out of touch with everything that your life seems worthless and unmanageable to you, and anything that gave you the least little enjoyment will be removed. Although this sounds as if it couldn’t happen to you, it truly can. But the good news is that depression is treatable and manageable.
Whatever the cause of your depression is, whether it is genetics, brain chemistry, or even stressful life events, it is important to seek treatment right away. Making an appointment with a psychologist should be your first step in determining the cause of your depression and what you can work on to fix it. Pharmaceutical cures are available but there are times that they can simply mask your symptoms and lead to other disorders that can affect your life. The best way to “cure” your depression is to get to the root of the problem and make healthy and therapeutic lifestyle changes.
Natural remedies for depression are readily available and should be considered rather than conventional treatment that can give you serious side effects. Along with psychotherapy, which has long lasting benefits to your overall mental state, natural remedies can make you feel more alive and healthier. The most common herbal medicines are St. John’s Wort which can make you feel alive and energetic, as well as Passiflora which relaxes you and takes away much of the anxiety you are feeling. Together with yoga, meditation, and other holistic practices, you can regain the balance of brain chemicals so that you feel rejuvenated and happy again. You don’t have to suffer from depression forever. There are many herbal remedies that can take to reclaim your life.