Depression is a mental illness that does not only occur in people belonging to a certain age group. Children, teenagers, adults - both men and women - have the same probability of getting depressed; some though have a higher probability due to physical, emotional or financial reasons.
Depression can affect our mood, thought-process, diet, sleep, energy level and our decision making capabilities. Depression may be a condition that is beyond one's control, but effective treatment of depression is very important to eradicate this illness from one's life.
Among various anti-depressant medicines and over-the-counter drugs, natural remedies are gaining popularity day by day. Although anti-depressant drugs, specially the synthetic ones, may have serious side effects, yet natural and organic treatments should always be preferred as they are the ones with no or minimal side effects.
Depression may result from the deficiency of some essential vitamins and minerals. Therefore, including vitamins and minerals specially folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin B12, calcium and magnesium help lowering depression to a great extent. Include amino acids to your diet to cure depression as they help a lot in lifting our mood.
Including herbal products specially herbal tea and fresh fruit and vegetable may help in rejuvenating one's mood. Studies now suggest that chocolates not only help us in overcoming depression, it also gives a happy feeling to the body.
Physical activities including exercise, psychotherapy, acupuncture, morning walks, yoga, dance and meditation can help overcome depression.
Aromatherapy also works well in treating mild depression and keeping it at bay. Massages, both facial as well as body, help us relax.
Depression can also result from an imbalance of hormones, specially progesterone in women. Supplements that have flax seed oil, virtex berry, red clover, etc help in overcoming depression caused by hormonal imbalance.