Friday, August 9, 2013

Depression Symptoms Checklist For Those Who Suspect They Have the Blues

Depression symptoms can create behaviors that you don't readily notice especially if you've had a low level of depression for an extended period of time. Since depression affects your quality of life and your ability to take care of others and form meaningful relationships, it helps to recognize the symptoms in black and white, so you can become aware of the impact they have on your life. In this article, you'll learn about the symptoms and a natural, simple way of getting past this soul-sucking monster called Depression.

Main Symptoms of Depression

Below are a list of symptoms. You may not have all of them. The key is their duration. How long have these symptoms been affecting your life?

  • The blues

  • Feelings of hopelessness

  • Crying spells with no obvious reason

  • Weight loss or weight gain

  • Indecisive

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • No desire for sex or inability to achieve orgasm

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

  • Loss of motivation and interest in life

Before we blow past these depression symptoms and talk about treatment, let's consider for a moment how these symptoms affect your quality of life. For instance, let's take one symptom: loss of motivation. If you've lost motivation, what is it like for you to wake up in the morning and drag yourself out of bed? What is it like to just go through the motions every day? Do you remember what it was like to wake up with joy and enthusiasm at the prospect of a new day? And at the end of the day, do you remember what it was like to express gratitude for the people in your life, the roof over your head and all the simple, but deeply satisfying pleasures that make up your life?

These positive feelings can be yours again. You do not have to live your entire life with depression and you do not have to medicate yourself with drugs. There is a way out. Since all drugs have side effects and many of the anti depressants on the market actually worsen depression symptoms, I recommend natural remedies.

The reason has clear. Researches have shown that there is a link between nutritional deficiencies and the main symptoms of depression. While taking anti depressants like Zoloft may suppress the symptoms of depression (while creating all kinds of side effects like weight gain, anxiety, loss of sleep, etc.), it does not heal the cause of depression. After all, you're not deficient in Paxil, which isn't even a natural substance, but your brain may very well be deficient in the nutrients needed to manufacture serotonin and the feel-good neurotransmitters that create a natural high in the brain.

This is why hundreds of thousands of people are getting off drugs and turning to natural remedies that are formulated specifically for depression. Be aware though that not all remedies are created alike. Look for a remedy that is FDA-approved and contains effective ingredients like St. John's Wort and Passion Flower which have been proven effective in overcoming depression symptoms. Natural remedies have no side effects, but best of all, they give the brain the nutrition it needs to heal itself. So with regular use, you can eventually start taking them.

So there you have it: the main symptoms of depression and a safe, natural means to overcome them and get back to a sense of balance and wellness in your life.

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