Considered to be the most prevalent mental disorder around the world, affecting at least 16% of the population, depression is also the primary cause of disability in the United States.
Symptoms of depression are:
o Appetite change both loss and gain. The result is either to gain weight or to lose weight.
o Body pains such as headaches and back pain that have no physical cause.
o Decrease or total loss of interests on the usual doings that s/he finds interesting before.
o Excessive guilt
o Exhaustion on physical activities including exercise, work, and walking.
o Ideas of suicide
o Irregular sleeping patters that include hypersomnia or excessive sleeping, loss of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and insomnia or lack of sleep, and difficulty of getting back to sleep with periods of disturbing dream.
o Irritability and short-temperedness
o Inability to think logically, lack of concentration on duties, and evidences of indecisiveness on things regardless of importance.
o Low self-esteem
o Lack of self-confidence
o Hopelessness and pessimism
o Anxiety attacks
o Significant decrease or loss of interests on things he or she finds pleasurable before.
o The feeling of worthlessness.
Nutritional remedies for depression
Dietary modification is said to be one of the ways to treat depression, however, it is often considered as adjunctive, since it is often ineffective of themselves. Other known nutritional remedies for depression are specific amino acids supplements and vitamins and minerals treatment.
Deficiencies in vitamins (B6, B12, and C) and minerals (Folic acid, magnesium) are said to be one of the reasons why depression occurs. Correcting these deficiencies therefore would improve patients suffering from depression.
Natural remedies for depression
Siberian Ginseng, St. John's Wort, passion flower, and Ginko Bilola are some of the popular alternative medicines that can improve patients suffering from depression. There are perfect for people who want to avoid the numerous side effects caused by other antidepressant prescription drugs. Fasting and meditation are also said to relax the spirit, thus enabling the person to calm down and regain inner vibe.