Depression – treatment
Decreased energy and appetite, chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, backaches, weight loss, slowed movement, purposeless thinking, irritability, quickness to temper, and feeling like doing nothing.
Depression may be caused by the loss of a loved one or a job, food allergies, hypoglycemia, environmental problems, or post-menstrual syndrome. Anything that disrupts a person’s sense of worth, stability, security, or effectiveness.
Forty percent of those with this problem have one or both of their parents who suffered it also. Depression during the dark, dreary winter months is called seasonal affective disorder. Individuals with severe viral illness, hepatitis, endocrine problems, or stroke can have it.
An alternate type is bipolar depression (manic depression), in which a person varies between episodes of depression and mania. Depression is twice as common in women as in men.
• Avoid processed and junk foods; they are a great source of emotional depression.
• Eating complex carbohydrates increases the amount of the amino acid, tryptophane, that is ingested. This, in turn, increases the amount of serotonin made by the brain, which calms and relaxes the whole system. (In contrast, high-protein foods promote the production of dopamine and norepinephrine, which increases alertness.)
• Practice deep breathing outdoors, twice a day. This reduces a sense of gloom.
• Eat your meals on a regular schedule, and only eat nourishing food.
• Low blood sugar induces depression. Yet eating a high-sugar diet also produces depression. Learn to eat right, of nourishing fruits, vegetables, and grains; avoid sugar foods.
• Caffeine and tobacco both are known to induce depression.
• Go to bed on time at night, and maintain regularity in your daily schedule.
• Maintain a regular exercise program in order to increase feelings of well-being and cheerfulness. Purposeful outdoor exercise, such as gardening, is ideal.
• Sunlight is beneficial for depression, since it suppresses melatonin production.
• Keep your weight down; and, if you are overweight, go on a gradual weight reduction program.
• Food allergies are very significant. Locate and eliminate them.
• Over 200 different medicinal drugs are reported to cause depression! You might consider throwing out your medicine chest.
• Beware of antidepressant drugs! They lead to a wide variety of physical damage!
• Do something active. Forget yourself and find happiness in purposive activity. Do something worthwhile that helps others: It may be washing the dishes; it may be going out and helping a sick person.
• Talk it out; you may find that many of your problems really do not amount to much.
• Have a good cry. Crying releases tension and worry.
• Be respectful and kind to others. Making others miserable will only add to your own misery. Being kind to others helps you feel better yourself.
• Beware of eating or shopping binges, to help you feel better. Neither accomplish the intended purpose.