Saturday, May 24, 2014

How to Overcome the Symptoms of Depression

If you suffer from depression you are not alone, and there is hope. There are many natural treatments for the symptoms of depression. This short article is written for you, as well as for physicians and mental health professionals who sincerely want to help their patients and clients to truly heal from depression in ways that transcend simply prescribing or taking anti-depressant medication.

I have personally experienced a deep, seemingly never-ending depression -- fatigue daily sadness, misery, and hopelessness. In the winter of 1984/'85, I experienced no pleasure and doubted that I ever would again. My depression was precipitated by a crisis in my business and by a betrayal by someone I cared for deeply. This, combined with a pre-disposition towards hypoglycemia and a history of extreme attention deficit, kept me rolled up in bed much of the time. Though I was able to take care of my fundamental needs,

I did so as if trapped in a dark tunnel. This book is not specifically born out of that experience. Yet the opportunity to write this book brought forward in my mind my experience with depression -- an experience I had almost forgotten about.

I have learned that depression symptoms are not a selective. This awful disease can affect an individual of any race, religion, nation, economic class, and political persuasion. Composer Cole Porter fell into a deep depression in the late 1940s that plagued him to his death in 1964. Winston Churchill suffered through most of his life in a struggle with depression that he came to call "the black dog." Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, began suffering from a type of depression he called "the melancholy of things done." The great writer and storyteller Mark Twain suffered from a period of great depression towards the end of his life; Abraham Lincoln, considered by many to be the greatest of all American presidents, suffered from what was then called melancholy throughout his life; and poet Emily Dickinson wrote a poem about an emotional breakdown she experienced, saying, "I felt a funeral in my brain."

Depression often seems to have a life of its own. Like some creature from one of those "Alien" movies, it grows inside of you and begins to consume you. Friends and family want to help, offer support, but what they say just doesn't get in. When you are depressed, you feel completely isolated. Depressed individuals sincerely want help and yet they often seem paralyzed in acting on that desire. People with the best of intentions will tell you to "get on with your life," "snap out of it," "think positive," and "exercise!" It isn't as easy as that. Depression, and the treatment of its symptoms, is both basic and highly complex at the same time.

Depression has become one of the major health problems in recent years. With the advent of technology, such as the internet, email, faxes and wireless devices, we are being forced to work harder than ever before, to be on call longer, while at the same time, to take less vacation and personal time. Catastrophic world events have only exacerbated this, spurning a record number of new cases of depression. In 2001, the National Book Award Winner in the category of Non Fiction -- and a major bestseller -- was a book about depression.

As you address your depression symptoms remember that there is no one magic answer. By being tested for blood sugar, glandular imbalances, nutritional deficiencies or some other factor you will in time heal and transcend this awful condition.

Are You Living With A Spouse With Major Depression? Here Are A Few Helpful Tips

Living with a spouse with major depression is not an easy thing to do. You have to do a lot of praying and run those wedding vows through your head about a dozen times each day "for better or worse, in sickness and in health". If you really meant those at the time that you said them then that means that they are for life.

Major depression is a serious illness that can be crippling some days for those that have it. It comes with mood swings, sometimes violent, states of dark depression, loss of interest in things that the person used to enjoy, loss of sleep, changes in appetite, thoughts of suicide and more unpleasant things, both for the person suffering and for those around them.

There are medications that these individuals can take, but, like all depression drugs, these come with side effects that can be very unpleasant as well. Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation, loss of sex drive, etc are just a few of the possible symptoms that this person may suffer from. Also, many of these drugs are only effective on about seventy percent of the people that take them and only partially helpful in some of those individuals.

Major depression, unlike other forms of depressive disorders, can last for months and may never completely go away. It can get "better" to a point, but, unfortunately, many people never completely recover. If you are living with a spouse with major depression you need to be patient, seek medical attention, be attentive and loving, but don't become a crutch or servant to your spouse. Love, honor, cherish and do your best to understand, but you must find a happy medium and give yourself time away every day in order to maintain your own mental health. It's bad enough that one of you is ill, so don't allow yourself to get down too.

Forgiveness - Release and Let Go of Your Past!

Next to love, forgiveness is the most misunderstood concept. Forgiveness has been twisted by a lack of awareness as to how it functions. To forgive does not mean we must rejoin with our ex-lovers, free criminals from prisons, return to old jobs or anything else absurd. We are taught to believe that if we are to forgive the one who hurt us, it must manifest in some form of behavior and it reflects weakness.

Forgiveness is a function of love that seeks to understand the negative impact of another person and then to release the pain and find inner peace. When you choose to forgive somebody this does not mean that you acknowledge their cruel behavior as acceptable, for doing this would be dishonest. Above all, it does not mean that we assume a superior (holier than thou) attitude to pardon the sins others.

Let's explore the truth of forgiveness. The meaning of the verb forgive, translates into "to let go", which is the act of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the release (letting go) of negative feelings generated in you by another. It is your responsibility to let go of the hurt that another produces for you. The other person can apologize to you for their negative impact, but you still have to let go of the hurt feelings in order for forgiveness to become a healing experience.

What makes forgiveness so difficult, for so many? The greatest obstacle in the living of our life is the negative ego, which loves to hold onto a grudge and is our greatest source of resistance toward forgiveness. Our negative ego is what blocks our happiness and peace of mind. We hold within us grudges, bitterness and resentment which later manifest into stress, ulcers and poor health conditions. Ultimately, we have a choice to support our EGO or our SOUL, to be RIGHT or find PEACE.

Forgiveness like all other soul qualities (peace, love, innocence, respect, oneness, and passion) does not require a type of behavior. It begins with a relinquishing of emotional baggage and the choice to function from your Soul versus your negative ego. Forgiveness is a willingness to perceive everyone, including yourself, as either feeling and expressing love or perceiving it's absence, and having a need for more love. It is a relinquishing of a harmful train of thought that leads to constricting feelings. Forgiveness offers freedom to live a full and harmonious life.

The bi-product of forgiveness, is our own willingness and ability to forget. If we can not seem to forget then we have never completely let go. Holding on to pain only weaken us and produces misery. The purpose of forgetting is to prevent the mind from becoming a battle field. Negative feelings evaporate whenever they are looked at calmly and honestly and are dealt with responsibly. Often this process is gradual. The desire to function from your Soul (love) and to live your life in peace is the greatest motivation for forgiving another.

If you feel that forgiving adds one more grudging obligation to your life, you are functioning from your negative ego. Understanding that forgiveness is the doorway to your happiness and is the choice to function with love. When you are attacked by another, you must first deal with the hurt feelings that you honestly feel. Forgiveness is not a short cut to avoid dealing with the negative impact of your emotions. Too many try to forgive without releasing their anger and hurt. That common mistake only represses the anger and it putrefies into resentment down the road.

A great habit to cultivate is to pause whenever you are having difficulty releasing an upset from your mind. Look directly, and in detail at the contents of your thoughts. Dissect your emotions. Step back from them for a moment and gain new perspective. Write them down in a journal to gain deeper clarity. And give yourself time to forgive, it doesn't have to be instantaneous, but know it is necessary to your happiness and peace.

A person who claims they "love everyone equally" and are never hurt by others are not more spiritually evolved, but more likely emotionally repressed. To be a spiritual, doesn't mean you have to like the ego of everyone that crosses your path, for you would then become transparent and lose your individuality. Liking somebody and letting go of someone's negative impact upon you are two completely different issues.

Steps to Forgiveness:

1. Release the Charged Emotions: Take a legal pad and write at the top of the page, the person you wish to forgive. Write out all your feelings about the situation that you are forgiving. Release the anger, hurt, frustration or any feelings you have due to this experience. Take your time and feel your words as you write them down. 

2. Forgive Yourself: Close your eyes and relax. Mentally repeat, I forgive myself for allowing myself to be hurt/disappointed by this experience with _________ (person's name).

3. Express Your Emotions Meditatively: While you are still meditating begin to express your thoughts and feelings to the person you are forgiving. Let them know how much it has hurt you and how upset you are by their actions. If you are so angry you want to hit them, then do it (IMAGINATIVELY) express your pent up emotions within your imagination.

NOTE: Your intention is to release the feelings around this person and to forgive them. That is where the energy will go towards. You will not be sending this person negative energy unless that is your intention.

4. Forgive Them: With your eyes still closed, sense a light coming down from above you. It is a warm healing light that surrounds you and creates a safe environment for forgiveness. Visualize the person you wish to forgive, and see them inside the light. Mentally tell them, I forgive you for hurting/disappointing me in this way. Mentally reaffirm what you are forgiving them for. Then release them into the light.

When you finally understand that you can generate the healing of forgiveness, by choice. It will never happen until you take full responsibility for every facet of your life and your relationships with others. When you stop looking for love, security and peace outside yourself, and discover it within, you are finally set free and the magic of forgiveness has worked it's spell.

The Bullying Spouse - What to Do? Some Tips

A bullying spouse puts down their partner in order to feel better about themselves.
~Janvrin & Selleck.

This quote is self-explanatory and is personally relevant to every person in a spousal-type relationship, for bullying is not a label so much as a behaviour we get into when we're ruled by fear.

So many resist the term "bully" as it's stigmatised.

Yet a bully is characterised not by the personality trait of bullying but by the behaviour of bullying.

For the person who's partaking in the bullying behaviour and making life hell for their partner, there must be a way to identify the source of fear and strive past it, feeling hopeful and "safe" again--perhaps even for the first time. (This is one reason why God is great.) Fear and aggression are intrinsically linked; as is often with them (though not always), symptoms of depression.

This spouse, if they're not normally characterised by this behaviour, may just need to be gently but firmly reminded that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

For the person who's on the receiving end of the bullying, perhaps it's time to do some thinking. Is your partner characterised by bullying behaviour? Do they bully others too or just you? Is it only certain times or periods that they bully? One thing for certain, they must be engaged in an adult "boundary" conversation when they've cooled off. Try not to delay this.

Staying "adult,"[1] strong and emotion-free is critical. Obviously relationship counselling is advised. The problem needs to be addressed.

Finally, to the person who's doing the bullying--and we've all "bullied" people, without exception--find the source of your unhappiness and lack of self-worth. It will be entirely worth the search, personally and interpersonally. Safety and peace will be yours (and theirs).

穢 2010 S. J. Wickham.

[1] Recalling adult behaviour is rational, responsible, reasonable, reliable, realistic and logical. In other words, it's emotion-free.

Manic Depression

Bipolar or Manic Depression is a condition that causes extreme shifts in a persons thinking, mood and behaviour, that is characterized by feelings of elation or euphoria when high, to feelings of deep despair and hopelessness, when low. During an episode of mania a person may impulsively charge up huge amounts of credit, relocate or quit their job. They might feel rested after two hours sleep. Then during bipolar depression the same individual maybe unable to get out of bed and become overcome with guilt and self loathing because of their unemployment and/or debt.

It is not yet understood how the disorder is caused but it often runs in families with the first manic or depressive episode occurring during the teenage years or young adulthood.


Common signs and symptoms of mania include:

* Feeling elated and optimistic or extremely irritable
* Grandiose beliefs about ones abilities, or belief they may have supernatural powers.
* Getting little sleep but feeling extremely energetic.
* Speaking with such speed that others are unable to keep up.
* Scattered thoughts, changing quickly from one idea to the next.
* Inability to concentrate.
* Irrational decision making.
* Delusions and hallucinations.

Common signs and symptoms of a Bipolar depressive episode include

* Feeling hopeless or empty.
* Fatigue,mental and physical sluggishness
* Inability to experience pleasure.
* Weight changes.
* Sleep disturbances.
* Feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
* Thoughts of death or suicide.


Treatment is aimed at recovery not just to alleviate symptoms. Diagnosis can be difficult and Manic depression is classed as a chronic relapsing illness so it best to work with an experienced Psychiatrist and continue treatmet even when you're feeling better.

Medication alone is not enough to control the symptoms of the illness. Good long term prognosis involves a combination of medication, psycho therapy, lifestyle changes and family/social support.

Link Between ADHD and Depression

ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a mental disorder that is distinguished by poor attention, poor concentration, hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. It generally occurs in children, and can persist till adolescence and adulthood stage of human beings. It needs to be treated timely to avoid the problems that it may lead to. ADHD may cause poor concentration at school or work due to which your performance gets affected big time, your social relationships with your friends and colleagues worsen, you constantly develop feelings of inferiority etc. approximately 4 toeepiness and negative thinking. Depression has so many types each one is distinguished according t 5 percent of preschool or school going children all over the world suffer from ADHD. The exact cause of ADHD is still unknown. However, it is believed that it has something to do with genes. Go for the proper treatment once you notice the symptoms of ADHD.

Depression is a mental illness. Everybody at least once in life time suffers from it. There is no specific age group that suffers from depression. All age groups may suffer from it. The most common signs of depression are sadness, irritation, poor appetite, slo the causes, duration and severity associated with them. The exact reason of depression is still unknown. It is believed that depression is the result of chemical imbalances in human brain. Depression may become very dangerous if not operated at the right time. Various treatment methods are available all over the word to cure depression.

As a result of experimental studies it is now proved that ADHD and Depression are linked with each other. A form of depression called MDD (major depressive disorder). According to experimental results, if a person is suffering from depressive disorder called MDD then there are all the chances for the same person to suffer from ADHD. In a same way if a person is suffering from ADHD he has all the chances of suffering from MDD as well. Another fact that establishes strong connection between ADHD and depression is dysthymia (Chronic depressive disorder), the chances of dysthymia to occur in a person suffering from ADHD is even larger than the chances of MDD and vice -versa.

According to multi generation studies there is a strong genetic connection that establishes link between ADHD and Depression. Proofs indicate that the occurrence of ADHD in offspring of adults with repeated depression is higher than the common people and also the relatives of young people suffering from ADHD show higher chances of MDD.

It is believed that one of every fourth child suffering from ADHD also suffers from Depression. Conditions become very dangerous if ADHD and depression exist simultaneously. Co- occurring of ADHD and depression increase the danger, particularly if it is not treated at the right time, the risks that are associated with ADHD and depression are: Substance abuse, Suicidal tendencies, development of conduct disorders and anti social behavior etc. Make sure you consult with your family doctor or a specialist in your area so that you can seek proper treatment for ADHD and depression.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Avoiding Depression

Can you really avoid depression? Is there a way that you can get rid of this awful disease that seems to be taking over your life? For many, the only way to rid their bodies of depression is by taking medications and getting therapy. Both of these things are great ways to work through your depression, but is there a way in which you can avoid it altogether?

Depression is a mind disease. It is usually caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Sometimes, we refer to ourselves as being depressed when things go wrong. This is not the clinical form of depression, but both of these conditions can feel like the end of the world. The only way to avoid depression or really low times is to simply fight against it by surrounding yourself with good thoughts, experiences and people. Will it cure you of your depression? No, not technically. But, by surrounding yourself with a positive environment filled with positive energy, you may find that the effects that depression has on you is lessened.

Only your doctor can help you overcome depression. But, by placing positiveness within your life, you may be able to lessen the effects depression has. This is never a reason not to see your doctor though. If you would like more information regarding avoiding depression you can seek out the knowledge that is available throughout the internet.

Websites like can provide you with good ideas, inspirations, and ways to avoid depression. Although it is not a medical website, it is still a good source for more ideas.

Manic-Depression and How To Beat It

I started to have problems when in my teens, feeling upset about growing up without a father. I self-harmed, then attempted suicide when 16. After getting in trouble with the police at 16, I was isolated and felt my life to be futile. Although I was seeing a psychiatrist, he stopped the treatment, and feeling betrayed as well as cut off from my old friends and family, aged 18, I stood in front of a fast train.

However, when I saw the driver's screaming face as the train neared me, I changed my mind and moved to the side, as I did not want to cause him trauma. The train, however, struck me and hurled me through the air and I landed on the platform. My pelvis was badly fractured and I had received substantial injuries but after extensive emergency surgery, I survived.

A slow and painful recovery lay ahead, with hope but also setbacks, until I finally left hospital after extensive reconstructive surgery. When I left, I soon decided a change of place might do me good and went to Devon to live and work in a cultural centre. Whilst there, I had problems with the people there, who it turned out were something of a cult, and they called the police to have me removed. I was placed in a psychiatric hospital but my brothers rescued me and brought me back to London.

However, I was homeless and suffering the stress of isolation, despite my brother having allowed me to stay with him. One night, I was admitted to hospital and whilst there, a doctor told me I was manic-depressive. I thought this to be false and hated the idea. When I was prescribed Lithium, mood stabilisers and anti-depressants, I refused them and was sectioned under The Mental Health Act.

Finally, I was discharged from the unit and vowed to stop taking the medication, which was destroying my future as a writer by preventing me from reading and writing, due to making my eyes water continuously. This I did, with the support of all my friends and family. Even though it was a rollercoaster--I went up and down whilst trying to come off the stuff--I did it and eventually even told my psychiatrist. As I told him I would fight him every inch of the way if he sectioned me or tried to force me to take the drugs, he let things stand.

I moved from a halfway house to a privately rented room in a house and started going to a weekly meditation group that helped a lot. I read self-help books and developed self-esteem, published poems and began to write my memoir. I trained as a therapist finally, in order to give back and help others; I am now a master of hypnotherapy, Time Line Therapy簧 and NLP.

In the year 2000, I was advised by several people to try Eat Right For Your Blood Type to help alleviate a stomach problem I had been having. I found out I was blood type O and a non-secretor, and that Type O non-secretors have a high risk factor for developing manic depression. Although, highly sceptical at first, my symptoms were so severe, I was willing to give anything a try.

I began a diet and lifestyle plan for my specific blood type and am on it to this day. I was brought up as a vegetarian but the advice for type O is to eat a high protein diet and I do, with spectacularly good results. Having spent the last seven years researching more about the link between our genetics, our blood type and health conditions, I am 100% convinced of it's scientific validity and importance.

I eat a diet that minimises my risk of having dopamine dips or spikes and thus my moods are very stable and even my friends who have been sceptical have now started following the plan, with the same excellent results. I have also noted the correlation between the health conditions many thousands of people I meet have and their blood types and find that the accuracy of the complete blood type literature by Doctor Peter J. D'Adamo (Eat Right For Your Type, Live Right For Your Type, Cook Right For Your Type and The Complete Blood Type Encyclopaedia) is proven to my satisfaction every single time.

My conclusion is that manic-depression was falsely applied to me and that labelling someone is never a useful exercise; neither is medicating without fully exploring other options. Had I been offered the blood type literature from the start of my problems, I am certain all of them would have been helped dramatically, if not averted entirely. Diet plays a key role in mental illness yet how often do psychiatrists or medical doctors even ask or advise about someone's diet?

The idea of people being different and thus needing different diets may be easy to dismiss by those who have not the scientific-minded curiosity to read the literature by Dr D'Adamo, and nevertheless, we are different and some swear by vegetarianism whereas others swear by meat being healthy, yet both are right, depending on your blood type.

I hope this article sparks debate and interest on the difficulties those diagnosed with manic depression face and provide hope to those open enough to try the diet.

Two Energies, One Body - Balance Your Male - Female Sides

What is the big mystery of the male and female sides of the body? Why do we need to be aware of this? The body is energetically divided into two parts. The right and the left, male and female dominated sides. This is not a new concept, it has an origin in eastern philosophies like Buddhism, Yoga, and you can even find ancient writings that the Mayan civilization was aware of the power of maintaining balance between these two opposite energies.

The Buddha taught it quite clearly. Each human being has a right and left hemisphere in the brain, which we classify as male and female, the right being female, left being male. The left or male side is in charge of the right side of the body and the right brain or female side is in charge of the left side of the body.

The Maya placed themselves and their environment into categories that allowed them to order and manipulate their world. They frequently categorized using the basic complementary pairing of male/female, and right/left.

In yoga, male energy (the sun), is referred to as Shiva, and is the form of the universe. Male energy is the domain of the right side of the body. Whereas female energy (the moon), is referred to as Shakti, and is the force of the universe. The female energy is the domain of the left side of the body.

The significant importance is that as one person we need to be in constant balance to be able to achieve the best of our world, mental physical and emotional. Both sides, male and female have to attain a harmonious whole.

The male side is usually connected to our rationality, logic, linear thinking, and understanding. The female side is connected to feelings, nurturing, caring, compassion, love, and all the emotional qualities. Each of us has sides, the emotional and the mental capacity. Very few people develop both equally, therefore their cart often topples. Emotionalism is just as much a danger as thinking without being in touch with one's feelings. That too can go very much astray.

A person who goes too far on the side of rational thinking has to learn to balance with feelings, the female side. Anyone who thinks to the extent where the experience of feelings is hardly known has to practice much mindfulness of feelings. On the other hand, the female side is often emotionalism. This means we are carried away by our emotions and consequently our thinking is impaired. The quality of logical thinking, of delving into a thought process and being able to analyze, is not possible when the emotions are at the forefront.

During yoga practice, the goal is to observe and understand the dance between Shiva and Shakti. In this dance Shiva and Shakti flow in balance with each other are bringing balance to the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the yogi.

When we experience blockages, or imbalances within our male/female essence or energy the results can be disastrous and harmful to our physical body as well as our mental body.

For example there is a belief that manic depression is common and occurs when the right and left energies are uncontrolled or out of balance. When a person is stuck on the right, the male manic side, then the body becomes wiry and thin and heart attacks become prevalent. When stuck on the left, the female depressive side the person becomes lethargic and fat and easily depressed. The physical base of these energies is the perineum in the male and the vulva in the female. Their other control point is the left and right nostrils. Blocked nostrils and mucus can show a blockage of these energies.

There can also be outward signs of imbalances, notice to see if you are having issues with
males or females in your life and your body will begin to manifest these imbalances in the form of maladies. Issues with males may result in simple things like stubbing your toe on the right foot, hurting your right elbow. The same goes with the opposite side of the body. Issues with females manifest in the left side of your body.

The balancing of male and female energy needs to be seen as connecting heart with mind. Energy and concentration have to balance. In yoga the practice is to begin to allow the energy to realign itself with the body. Meditation is one of the most effective tools that can be used to connect and balance the male/female energies. Yoga is used to prepare the body for meditation thus increasing the ability to have these energies find their space and begin to realign, to balance, to find harmony. Chakra balancing is an effective way in which to align those energies. Other very effective tools for connecting and balancing are Reiki, Watsu and pranayama work.

It is interesting that this knowledge that has been with us through many centuries and was common place then to detect bodily, mental and spacial ills should be so foreign and mysterious to us in this so called "advanced" civilization. I believe that more and more as we enter the age of "inspirato"1 we will begin to learn how to listen and connect with our own energy. Only then will we begin to feel the balance and healing that comes from this.

1. Inspirato-latin for inspiration. We will be moving from the age of information to the age of a new world where compassion and respect for ourselves, the universe and others will prevail.

Clinical Depression - A Disability With Mammoth Repercussions

A disability that surely has instantaneous impact on the human body and mind, clinical depression can make the patient feel like he/she is being held in chains, albeit psychologically. There is also a significant lack of motivation, as well as physical uneasiness, sometimes amounting to inability to work and lethargy. Besides this, this disability can also have much more far reaching consequences, like erectile dysfunction, weight loss and anxiety.

There is no feeling of joy or happiness in the mind of a person suffering from depression, and even the most ecstatic things can seem like normal and uninteresting. However, there are many anti-depressant medications these days that can provide some kind of relief immediately, as well as contribute to helping the person cure himself over a period of time. However, these things do have their share of negative impact on a person's life, and this is in the form of sexual problems like lower libido and difficulty in attaining orgasm.

Of course, it is a very difficult thing to do if you are in depression, but exercise in fact is the best and most useful way of treating depression. Further, getting physical as well as mental benefits are easier than one can think of in a state of depression. Believe it or not, a healthy exercise routine can help you get rid of this disability like nothing else can. Exercising, on the other hand, releases natural hormones that increase one's endorphin levels, thereby making the person feel motivated and positive. It is often noted that people having this disability, who have started exercising, have actually found the same to be quite effective not only in staying in shape, but also in improving one's self esteem and confidence.

To know more about what kind of exercises can cure depression, it is best to consult a doctor for the same.

Depression is a major health issue and, of course, you should talk to a doctor about any course of treatment you are interested in taking. After you've done that, you'll find that getting into a positive exercise routine is really fun and can help you get back the lust for life you previously thought was robbed by depression.

Depression - Alleviating the Disorder Without Depleting the Pocketbook

Depression can be simple or not. Some people go through a depressive episode after dealing with the loss of a loved one or another traumatic event. It lasts for a few days or even a few weeks, but it eventually lifts. But, some people deal with the disorder on an ongoing basis. That means they need to deal with it medically for optimal results. It takes a doctor to make a proper diagnosis of the problem and to help a patient take steps to alleviate the symptoms. Some medical conditions lead to depression. Those need examination and treatment if present. All of this costs money though. That is one reason why it is necessary to have health insurance in place.

If you are lucky enough to have health insurance in place, you are lucky. Millions of people in the United States do not. But, even for those that have health insurance, a chronic condition such as depression can be tricky. If you ever lose a job, your health insurance stops. You can get COBRA coverage, but that costs an arm, a leg, and most of the rest of your body. It might be a good time to switch to an individual policy. These policies cost less than COBRA and you can keep the policy in place even if you get another job. That means you will never be without medical insurance.

There are varieties of mood disorders that come across as depression. For proper diagnosis, you need to have a full medical work up and visit with a psychologist. As with other treatments and diagnosis, it will cost money. If you do not have medical insurance in place, you will find yourself paying off thousands in medical bills. If you deal with any potentially chronic condition, health insurance is not a luxury. It is a necessity. If you have health insurance now through your employer, you can make the decision to switch to an individual policy at any time.

Depression is no longer the disease of which no one talks. Medical experts recognize as a significant medical condition that leads to changes in mood and quality of life. It has an impact on the individual as well as those around him or her. It is important to get treatment for it. That means you need to make sure your health insurance is in place and ready to go. It is an investment in your own well being.

Always Feel Depressed - 3 Reasons Why You're Depressed

Do you get that feeling that you are always depressed yet you don't know why? This article will touch on 3 reasons why you're depressed. Depression can be a state of mind for most people, yet they do not realize that depression can also be a physical or a nutritional imbalance. Granted a hectic lifestyle filled with stress and strife can indeed trigger depression, but so can a prolonged physical illness and so does a lack of proper nutrients in one's body.

As stated above there are three reasons to explain why you feel depressed they are as follows:

Number 1: Overgrowth of Candida

This particular problem is considered a fungal infection which can cause a high level of toxins in the body; this creates a problem as it can trigger depression and anxiety within a person. Unfortunately this type of infection is overlooked when diagnosing a reason for a person developing depression. By eliminating the fungal infection, or candida in one's body a person can restore health and vitality to their lives; seeing a difference within a week's time.

Number 2: Deficit of Dietary Nutrients

A deficit of the proper nutrients in one's diet can trigger depression in a person, this can include both mineral and vitamin deficiencies. When a person's body lacks the proper balance of vitamins and minerals their natural immune system begins to lower opening the door for other possible health issues; this can happen when there is not enough of these nutrients in someone's daily eating habits or when their bodies are not properly absorbing them from the foods they eat. By increasing the amount of minerals and vitamins one ingests during the day, they should begin to feel and see changes in their overall health.

Number 3: Imbalance in Hormones

An imbalance of the hormones in one's body can lead to depression and other possible health issues; this imbalance can be triggered by a number of different things, such as traumatic injuries that have not healed properly, prolonged or chronic illnesses, an increase in daily stress levels, and poor eating habits without regular exercise. When this imbalance happens the adrenal glands, such as thyroid, tends to get off balanced creating a decrease in adrenaline and cortisol production creating a sluggish and tired feeling.

When it comes to depression, these 3 reasons need to be considered along with the advice of a medical professional; depression is a serious illness that should not be taken lightly and should be monitored at all times. The best way to rule out the above mentioned three reasons is to adopt a better and more nutritious and healthy eating habit and to add in a daily routine of exercises. Once these three causes are eliminated from the body, a person will begin to feel better and have more energy to cruise throughout their daily lives.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sign and Symptom of Severe Depression - How To Spot Them Fast

If you're uncertain whether of not you're suffering from depression you should check the way you are feeling against the sign and symptom of severe depression. Read on to find out more...

  • 1: Is it hereditary? Did you know that depression can be genetic? If depression runs in your family, there's a chance that you may also suffer from depression. People sometimes find it hard to to discuss their experiences of depression and how it has effected their lives. It may be difficult for you to talk to your family members at first about this, but it may go some way to helping you understand the way you're feeling.

  • < are you showing the classic symptoms of depression can severely affect your health as well state mind have noticed any sudden weight loss or gain this often most visible effects be sure to try and maintain a healthy diet at all times particularly avoiding fast food tv dinners many sufferers let themselves go when they badly depressed stop taking pride in their appearance tend not leave house unless necessary avoid social interaction may feel like staying bed day but it won help get up dressed some fresh air will make better>
  • 3: Do you have a support network? If you're feeling low, you must tell someone. It won't help if you try and face depression alone. Be sure to tell someone how you've been feeling and never be afraid to ask them for help. It's important for you to build a support network of friends and family members who'll be there for you when you're at your lowest point.

  • 4: Do you need professional help? If you have been suffering from any of the symptoms above for more than two weeks it's essential that your visit your doctor. If you're suffering from depression it's very important to get diagnosed, and in more serious cases get professional help.

Remember... don't ever try and deal with depression alone. For more information on the sign and symptom of severe depression click on the links below.

Foods That Help Depression - Time For Happy Foods

Did you know that there are foods that will help you fight your depression a lot better? Yes, that's right! With the right foods and a healthy attitude to life, you can get rid of depression. This article throws light on some such foods.

Spinach: It contains Vitamin B Folate which helps in raising the levels of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are the so-called "happy hormones" which help you relieve yourself of depressive episodes.

Salmon: It is a fish that contains a lot of Omega-3 fatty acids which is not only beneficial for your overall health, but it also has a positive effect on the neurotransmitters in your brain.

Asparagus: This food item is extremely beneficial for people who are suffering from clinical depression. It rejuvenates the nervous system and stimulates brain activity which results in helping you fight depression.

Ginger root: It is a very good source of antioxidants, which fight the free radicals of the body. It is not only responsible for slowing down the aging of the brain, but it also keeps you happy.

Flaxseeds: One of the topmost "happy foods" known to us is flaxseeds. It contains lots of Omega-3 fatty acids and lignans. When you eat them on a regular basis, they help keep your blood glucose levels under control. This enhances the mood.

Stevia: It is a natural replacement for sugar. The people of Brazil and Paraguay have used this herb for centuries as a way to sweeten meals. Not only does it contain no calories or fats, it is also 30 times sweeter than sugar itself! When you control your sugar intake, your mood too stabilizes.

Iron: Include iron-rich foods in your diet such as meat, legumes, quinoa, fortified cereals, kale and leafy vegetables.

Postpartum Depression Signs - What Are the Signs of Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression can exhibit different signs in different women. Almost 80% of mothers can experience what are called "baby blues" or postpartum blues, but this condition is mild and lasts only a few days or weeks after you have given birth.

If you are experiencing "baby blues," you may cry for long periods of time, without any apparent reason. You may also feel particularly anxious or sad.

However, postpartum depression is different. PPD is much more severe than baby blues, and needs treatment; if you do not get treatment and you are suffering from postpartum depression, it could be dangerous both to you and your baby.

If you are suffering from postpartum depression, you could actually be feeling "high," or you could experience extreme low moods. You can suffer from extreme feelings of helplessness or fatigue. Oftentimes, postpartum depression is treated with psychotherapy in antidepressants, and these treatments are very effective.

However, if you do not treat your PPD, you can go on to suffer from postpartum psychosis; this is a severe form of postpartum depression and will need immediate medical attention. Postpartum psychosis is extremely rare, but if you have it, you can hallucinate, feel extremely paranoid, and be delusional. You could risk harming yourself or your baby, and may even go on to commit suicide.

If you are a new mother and you experience any of the following symptoms, you should seek immediate help, especially if symptoms are persistent.

These include:

* Feeling extremely anxious
* Having extreme mood swings
* Having extended bouts of crying
* Having no ability to concentrate
* Being overly irritable or sad
* Feeling shame, guilt or inadequacy persistently
* Having memory problems
* Having difficulty bonding with your baby
* Withdrawing from friends and family
* Feeling overly angry, for no apparent reason
* Having trouble sleeping
* Having urges to harm yourself or your baby, and even thoughts of suicide

If you are feeling any of these symptoms yourself, or if you see them in a loved one, it is very important to seek mental attention immediately. There are indeed hormonal factors that can contribute to depression, and these are unique to women, especially pregnant women or new mothers, so it is very important to identify any stress triggers as well.

Among the causes of PPD may be that in addition to the hormonal swings, and after giving birth, extreme fatigue and the overwhelming responsibility a new baby brings can cause significant anxiety and stress.

Many new moms may feel the need to be the "perfect mom."

Some signs are indeed easy to see, but others may not be; for example, there may be a history of depression, birth-related difficulties, hormone swings caused by giving birth, financial problems, inadequate support from family or friends, immaturity (especially if the mother or parents of the new child are particularly young), or even drug and substance abuse.

These signs cannot be ignored and should be addressed immediately.

Some mothers may indeed show signs of having "baby blues" in the beginning, but they may persist and become more severe overtime.

If the new mother experiences urges whereby she wants to harm herself and/or her child, or if she loses interest in things that used to engage her, these are things that should be noticed either by the new mother in question or by friends and family.

Treatment for postpartum depression is necessary, and it should be started as quickly as possible. If you are just experiencing normal "baby blues," for example, you should get over this in a couple of weeks. If you continue to experience depression, however, consider the fact that you or the new mother you are observing may have postpartum depression, and seek treatment immediately.

Divorce For Men, Speak to the Anger, Avoid That Testosterone Moment

Divorce for men can be all uphill. If you are involved in divorce the feelings that come out from this can be so intense that you may feel like you are about to be emasculated. At that time, many men lash out in anger - they have a testosterone moment and divorce rage erupts.

This anger could range from throwing the new flat-screen TV through the window, to taking a ball bat to the car headlights so she can't leave, taking a friend with you to push your way into her new apartment to get some things straight, to a black eye, and other such inappropriate behavior. The thing is this type of behavior is just what she needs to in essence emasculate you in a legal way by having you arrested and humiliating you in court. If there is ever a time that you need to rein in emotions and testosterone reactions it is in a divorce situation when you are feeling the most burdened down, the most like you want to do something. The something you must do is control the emotions, but how?

I've talked previously about finding power phrases to keep you centered and help you avoid depression, the same kind of response can handle this. The most common way of describing this activity is self-talk.

What kinds of things do you say to yourself?

Most of us have a more or less constant conversations going on with ourselves. We get a break when we are asleep, at a movie, a concert, or other entertainment. It lessens when we are at work or otherwise concentrating and yet it is there. The voices that come up occasionally are new thoughts or inspiration but for most these kinds of thoughts are blocked by the negative voices within. Perhaps by expressions we heard from our families, or from being called names when we were young. Worst of all is our own voices of condemnation when we have failed at something, or didn't approach a person we were interested in, or take the deal we should have taken because we were afraid.

Some silence those voices by destructive behavior, others can't get past it and don't sleep well, and many other less than useful ways. If you are involved in divorce perhaps the voices condemn you for your failings in the relationship, maybe you become the last guy, or last woman that anyone would ever want and all is lost.

When these conversations in your head erupt you need to be ready to answer? You don't even have to believe these answers when you start as long as they convey a positive message and a positive answer for you. You will come to believe them and come to take positive action on them. Your homework for this article is consider what you want post-divorce and find some dialog to answer the negatives with. Get a motivational quotes book and pull some quotes out that speak to you and have them ready to add to and control this inner dialog with.

So when you are about to take a ball bat to her car or throw the TV out the window have an answer ready - you do not have to act in an insane way that will entrap you, you don't have to act in a way that will figuratively emasculate you at the end of the divorce.

You need to learn the words to say to yourself to rein things in and put yourself in control. You can take control of yourself and your divorce. This doesn't mean that everything that happens will be exactly to your liking, but if you take charge of yourself, your life, and your divorce you can get an outcome that you will like.

A Basic Description of Bipolar Disorder Or Manic Depression

Bipolar disorder-also commonly referred to as "manic depression" or "manic-depressive disorder"-is a mental illness which is caused by a disorder of the brain. Individuals who suffer from this mental illness experience severe mood swings that can cause detrimental behaviors which are not only harmful to themselves, but agonizing to their loved ones as well.

In many cases the families of the individual who has this disorder often find it very confusing and attribute their actions to just bad behavior or poor judgment and perceive it as something which the individual can control simply by modifying their behavior or lifestyle.

Extreme Mood Swings Caused by Bipolar Disorder

Individuals who have bipolar disorder experience extreme mood swings ranging from extreme "highs" to extreme "lows". The "highs" -which are called "manic episodes"- cause them to be overly excited or euphoric and can lead to detrimental behaviors such as spending money excessively or promiscuous sexual activities.

The "lows" or "depression" experienced by those with Bipolar Disorder results in the symptoms of depression, reduced energy levels, restlessness, and could result in thoughts of suicide. These variations in mood swings are what make the diagnosis of bipolar disorder very difficult as these individuals can sometimes experience short episodes which can appear to be just a phase or another form of mental illness.

The Different Types of Bipolar Disorder

There are various types of this mental disorder of which all include the primary symptom of mood swings. When an individual experiences a "manic episode" at least one time in their life, this condition is known is called "bipolar I". In individuals who experience both the manic and depression episodes in variations overtime, this type is known as "bipolar II", however, in bipolar II the individual never reaches a full state of "mania".

Another type of these disorder is referred to as "rapid cycling" where the individual is experiencing episodes of both mania and depression three to four times per year. Mixed bipolar disorder is when an individual experiences these mood swings simultaneously or one right after the other. Cyclothymia is a milder form of bipolar in which the individual experiences the symptoms of bipolar disorder but to a lesser degree.

Depression - Causes And Remedies

Depression can take various forms. Some people lie in bed all day, others weep constantly while many people feel as if a large black cloud hovers overhead. Yet others are affected with physical symptoms and are left feeling exhausted by the simplest of acts and have insufficient energy to take a few steps. There are even reports of depression causing blindness.

Depression is often difficult to diagnose and the usual treatment, on diagnosis, is the prescription of mind altering drugs, some of which have been found to be extremely addictive. Counselling is now a popular treatment, including cognitive behavioural therapy. Such treatment needs to be undertaken on a regular basis which is not always available to some patients due to a lack of funds and counsellors. Private treatment is, of course, always available but at a price.

Counselling can be extremely effective when carried out regularly and has the added benefit of being drug free. A counsellor will listen to the patient's problems without being judgemental. He or she then gently guides the patient to view his/her problems from a different perspective, thus enabling the patient to cope more efficiently. For someone who has experienced a major life changing event such as losing a home, counselling may not always work. Being asked to view that experience from a different perspective is sometimes easier said than done. Losing one's home is a traumatic event and no amount of counselling will help the patient to view it as anything other than disastrous, let alone trivial. The only comfort available from such counselling sessions for the patient may be in the realisation that many others are in the same boat. This knowledge alone can help the patient to understand that he/she is not completely isolated thereby sometimes helping the patient to feel less vulnerable which can be of considerable benefit.

Everyone should be aware of certain symptoms which may indicate depression. You may feel constantly tired, irritable or lack motivation. Loss of energy or changes in sleeping habits such as experiencing difficulty in sleeping, sleeping too much or waking too early can all signal the onset of depression. In addition, feelings of guilt and low self-esteem are particularly common as is the inability to make decisions. Suicidal tendencies and thoughts of death are almost always indicative of depression. `Post Partum depression is a type of depression which sometimes occurs in women who have recently given birth but can take up to a year to manifest itself. The symptoms are typical of most depressive disorders. Often there is no single cause of depression as it often results from several factors. Many people are unable to pinpoint a particular reason for feeling depressed. We know that during depression physical changes take place in the brain which proves that depression is not all in the mind.

Research has established that there is a chemical imbalance which affects the way in which signals are transmitted to the brain and nervous system. The chemicals involved are known as neurotransmitters. We also know that relationships, the death of someone close and financial problems can all contribute to depression. So also can life changing events such as marriage, employment and moving house which is reputed to be one of the most stressful events in life apart from death and divorce. Severe health problems can be another factor which can lead to depression due to stresses and strains which accompany ill-health, thus weakening the immune system.

Depression can strike at anytime and makes no distinction between rich and poor, young and old although women are twice as likely as men to succumb to depression. Hormonal changes in women caused by adolescence, the onset of periods, pregnancy and the change of life are thought to play a large part in the incidence of depression. Men suffer considerably less from depression than women but men often refuse to seek help. Consequently the condition frequently remains undiagnosed. This often leads men to turn to drug or alcohol in an attempt to conceal the condition. It should give us serious pause for reflection to learn that men are 25% more likely to commit suicide than women.

Elderly people are also prone to suffer from depression but they often attribute depressive symptoms to the ageing process. They are therefore at considerable risk of not receiving suitable treatment to alleviate their feelings of depression.

It is important to emphasise that anyone who feels depressed or down for more than a couple of weeks should see a doctor as the symptoms could point to a depressive illness. Many different drugs are available today which can help enormously in the treatment of depression and are free from the addictive effects associated with previous drugs. Overcoming depression can take time and effort and may seem insurmountable at times but please believe me it can be done. I know from personal experience that depression can be conquered so, however low you may be feeling right now you must never give up. There is a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how dark it seems at this moment.

Psychological Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders affect both the physical and mental health of humans. Poor sleep affects the daytime mood and performance of a person. Sound sleep is a prerequisite for living a happy and stress free life. Psychological sleep disorders fall into many classes such as bipolar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia.

Bipolar disorder was previously known as manic depression. Bipolar disorder is characterized by energized or activated states of moods in addition to a general mood of depression. The mood changes are often unpredictable and without any apparent reason. The intensity and duration of the mood swings vary from person to person. People with bipolar disorder have a greater tendency to commit suicide than persons suffering from other kind of depressions. This disorder cannot be fully cured, but it can be managed to a certain extent.

Depression, also called melancholia, is a state of sadness that has reached to the point of being disruptive to an individual?s social functioning and activities of daily living. The treatment of depression varies from person to person. Medication and psychotherapy are the two common modes of treatment, often used in conjunction with each other. When the conventional chemical treatments fail, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be tried. Alternative treatments to depression include exercise and the use of vitamins, herbs or other nutritional supplements.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by exaggerated ego and personality turbulences creating social and occupational dysfunctions. An effective treatment for the symptoms of this disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Psychological sleep disorders can lead even to serious mental illnesses such as psychosis, if not well attended for.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Blessings of the Great Depression For Students - Child Motivation

The blessings of the Great Recession For Our Children

Many of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were heroes. They either started from tough economic circumstances or even more impressively came to America with nothing. They worked, and worked, and worked. They did so to provide for a better life for their families.

You and your children are the economic beneficiaries of their hard work. Or, you might be the hero of your families' lineage.

Most suburban children are economically privileged by any standard. But, compared to the conditions of their ancestors, they are, in material terms, princes and princesses.

This affluence has come at a steep price. Challenge forges character. Many kids - up until the last few years - took economic abundance of granted. Most did not appreciate the work it took - from both their parents and those further up the family tree - to create their economic abundance.

A few years ago, I remember working with students from a nearby town in the Shoreline region of Connecticut that has a particularly wealthy population. Many of the students received brand new cars for their birthdays. And, the cars were some variation of Lexus, BMW, Mercedes or similar flavor. That was not the problem - or at least the big problem. The real issue was that they would refer to those less fortunate as having "ghetto cars."

It took a great deal of composure to restrain myself. As I was overhearing a conversation, I said nothing. Had I been able to calmly respond, I would started by asking the kids how much they worked in order to contribute to the purchase.

To many of these kids, material abundance wonder has magically appeared. The connection to work and economic success is simply missing. The Great Recession will shake many of our children out of such complacency.

I see the benefits already. Many students are working harder in school, realize that their good grades and homework have some greater connection to life purpose, and understand the generosity of their parents who are paying for tutoring and test prep. In addition, many students are not simply assuming that college is something that is paid for their parents.

While I feel badly for those that have had tougher situations, such as the unemployment of a parent, I firmly believe that the lessons that they get from the challenge will ultimately serve them well.

10 Simple Coping Strategies When a Family Member Has Clinical Depression

1.Remember that it is an illness:

Clinical depression often requires medical supervision as well as professional treatment. Clinical depression is treatable and requires commitment, understanding and patience from all those involved.

2.It is not your fault:

Clinical depression is usually a combination of chemical imbalance and learned behaviors. There may be times when the depressed individual is extremely sensitive, argumentative and/or blaming towards you, the children, the in-laws, the boss and even the world. All the above mentioned are not the cause. What you are responsible for is how you choose to take on the outward symptoms and how they affect you, your home and your relationships.

3.Be well informed:

Educate yourself on what type of depression is present and if there is a dual diagnosis
IE: chemical dependency and depression or personality disorders and depression. Know what the symptoms, treatments and follow-ups are. There are suggested guidelines for communication and setting boundaries. Though the illness is not your fault; it benefits you and your family to remain open minded and willing to learn new ways of doing things.

4.Make sure to have a support network:

Depression and dual diagnosis affects the whole family. There are many ranges of emotions from anger and fear to hopefulness and hopelessness. Having others that have experienced it before can help eliminate unhealthy coping mechanisms such as isolation, shame, control and low self-esteem. There are many national and local support groups available on line. For more information check with your favorite search engines or call a local and/or national mental health hotline.

5.Make time for yourself and your children:

Don't fall into the trap of not taking care of yourselves. Misery and fear love company. Living with and loving someone who is clinically depressed can be incredibly draining. Do not become a hostage or enabler. Remember your flight instructions: "For those traveling with small children; place the oxygen mask on yourself first and then assist the children."

6.Be a victor not a victim:

Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional:
We are all going to feel pain in life never mind a home with mental illness. Surround yourselves with knowledge, self-care, experienced support and nurturing. There are no such things as victims only volunteers.

7.Recognize that clinical depression is episodic
Clinical depression comes in waves. People with clinical depression do get better!

8.Understand that medication takes time to work:

In most cases, improvement takes as long as 6-8 weeks. Even early responders require about 3-4 weeks before they notice mood improvement. Even after a person with clinical depression feels better, she or he needs to stay on medication at least six months. People should never stop taking medication on their own; medical supervision is a must. There can be serious physical and emotional complications from sudden withdrawal such as increased depression and suicidal tendencies.

9.Medication alone is fairly ineffective:

Research shows that medication in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy is more effective than medication alone. Combined with therapy, the person who is clinically depressed may need to make lifestyle changes, including dietary and exercise changes. The family needs to find ways to reduce stressors by simplifying their lives.

10.Get a written relapse prevention plan:

Make a list of early symptoms such as sleep, appetite and mood changes. Early intervention is the key to stopping a downward spiral. Determine what worked in the past to get the person with clinical depression back on track and do the things that worked before.

An Open Letter to My Grown Up Kids

Let me put it in writing - I wasn't the best baby mom. I know I can't be the only one who feigned sleep so her husband would get up with the baby. And how many nights did we both lay there, eyes closed, still as corpses and trying to fool the other with our shallow sleep breathing? And the baby cried on...and on. What is it about baby crying that seems positively endless? Five minutes feels like fifty.

Here's something else I'll put in writing-I think I was a damn good mom for the teen years and I'm pretty good at parenting the young adults. I love being around my grown children and at 18 and 21 they still need to hear a parent's encouraging words and sometimes, as we say in our house, have a "come to Jesus" meeting when tough love is needed.

The parenting dance goes like this...when the sweet, cherubic face of the toddler evolves into the sullen mask of the teen, it's only natural that we switch up our tactics. As that teen becomes an adult, we think our parenting role is finished when, in fact, they may need us more than ever. Carpools, field trips, packing lunches and parent teacher conferences may be over but guiding them into and through adulthood has just begun.

Here's my open letter to my kids. It's a reinforcement of all that they've been taught. Let's face it, the stresses of adult life can overwhelm the best of us and guideposts are always welcome.

Shore up your foundation. If you're not happy with the real you-the person that the outside world never sees-you better put fixing yourself at the top of your to do list. The classical pragmatist George Santayna said "the loftiest edifices have the deepest foundations." It's your inner strength and your own strong foundation on which your dreams are built.

Be respectful of authority but respectfully disagree when someone tries to rain on your parade. The people who tell you it can't be done are not your friends. The skeptics will roll their eyes. Ignore them. You are the architect of your own destiny. Remodel. Expand. Add another story.

Put one foot in front of the other and you'll get there in your own time. Baby steps or great leaps, it doesn't matter as long as you've got forward momentum. If you're taking steps back in the form of a setback, and you can't summon the strength to reverse it now, then sit and be quiet for a moment or for a day. Sometimes it's best to do nothing more than breathe deeply. A clear head clears problems.

Don't let anyone tell you that it's wrong to question. You were given that brain by God. Seek your own truth. Don't be shackled by the beliefs of others. Find God in the mountains, music, a theater, a crowded city street or in a sanctuary. He's everywhere...especially in your heart. Spiritual journeys can take you to wonderful places. Follow your own path to enlightenment.

If you insist on a tattoo, remember that skin sags with age. Today's rose tattoo will be withered and wilted by the time you're in the nursing home.

Play nice in the workplace. Never be the bully in anyone's life. Remember the bullies from the sandbox? They're all grown up and making life hell for their coworkers. You can confront bad behavior without stooping to their lowly level. Refuse to retaliate and remember how it felt to be bullied. "Never take a person's dignity: it is worth everything to them, and nothing to you." Frank Barron said that. He was an astute thinker who spent many years studying the psychology of creativity. He's a great go-to guy for quotes, as well.

Always give credit where credit is due.

Trust your instincts when choosing who to let into your life. True friends are happy for your accomplishments and sad for your losses. A wide circle of acquaintances is a wonderful thing but you don't have to make everyone your best friend.

Embrace your creativity. Keep your passions alive and you'll live a better life. It's a simple concept but one that so many people find hard to grasp.

Most important of all, remember this-clouds lift, rain stops, and the sun will shine again. Life isn't perfect. Sometimes we get so caught up in our problems that emotion clouds our brains and we feel emotionally paralyzed. I feel compelled to say this, not because either of you have shown any signs of depression that would lead to suicide, but because I know how quickly and unexpectedly those signs can appear. Don't be afraid to ask for help. You are blessed with friends and family who love you.

Bipolar Depressive Disorder - A Case Study

Bipolar Depression or manic-depressive disorder is characterised by one or more episodes of abnormally elevated moods. Here is a case study which provides further example of this condition.

As a child, a female accountant was always having mood swings. She did not understand the condition as there was no parental support for her. Her parents had separated when she was young. She went to live with her father. He always worked very hard to support her but was never available to talk to her. She often felt neglected as a child.

She soon found someone she liked and got married. Whilst having her first child, she realised that she needed prescriptions for her mood swing. Not having a supportive husband, she would end up doing everything herself. She felt that she was the only parent. Her Doctors prescribed her some medication.

When she had her second child, she again realised that she needed help. Her husband was getting less supportive towards raising the kids. Her mood swings were increasing. This time her Doctor prescribed her a different medication and asked her to take a job to be around people. She found however that this did not help. Her mood swings actually increased due to work related stress and having to look after two kids.

She decided that enough was enough and she should seek help from a Psychiatrist. Her Psychiatrist put her on medication and eventually on stabilisers. The road to recovery has been very difficult for her. Her medication has been changed on a few occasions. However, she is well on the road to recovery. Having left her husband, become a single parent and taken more control of her life, she now shares her story freely with anyone who can benefit from her experience.

This case raises a number of issues:
• This condition can affect a person from childhood.
• Parental separation can result in depression.
• Lack of support is often a factor that further enhances this condition.
• A Doctor does not always prescribe the right solution. You have to see other specialists to overcome such conditions.
• Work can sometime add to the stress of an individual suffering from this form of depression.
• Sometimes, removing obstacles in your life can change the way you feel and reduce your problem.

I want to emphasise that the cases I write about have been freely shared by many supporting individuals. Their common goal in sharing their story is to enable others to learn from this. The learning can enhance others growth and help them to cope with similar situations.

Severe Depression Symptoms - Why Antidepressants Can Be Responsible For Sudden Suicide

Severe depression is the worst form of depression. Your body, mind, and spirit is made hostage of a silent predator, and this can go on for a very long time. Did you know that 20 million Americans have got depression and the numbers keep going up. However, only a small percentage of these people develop severe depression symptoms. Determining these signs can save your life.

You already know that depression has drastically changed your life? You've already lost precious time because depression is controlling your life. How can I recover from this hell, you'll ask? Just go back in time, and allow yourself to remember how it felt to be your old self among people that you love - how wonderful is this!

If I were to tell you that there is a fast and permanent method that can help you to break the cycle of depression and lead a normal life again, would you be interested? Read word for word, and you'll find out soon enough about a method that tackles the root cause of depression. This method has helped over 30,000 people with mild to severe depression to break the cycle of depression, and lead a normal life.

One of the most persistent signs of severe depression is feeling 'miserable' all the time. You aren't able to shrug it off, or put it on the weather. If you're like this for more then 2 weeks you need to seek help.

Severe depression symptoms are those that come on top of the signs and symptoms for mild to moderate depression. Everything is felt more intensely. Severely depressed people have a very low drive, especially the motivation to get out of bed in the morning is lost. Do you belong to these people that have a bleak outlook on the present and the future? Worthlessness and hopelessness have enrobed you, and not much room is left to escape them.

Most of the time people with severe depression take antidepressants (AD). They have a 10 % risk of killing themselves. Often people act out what they have been thinking about for a very long time, namely end their lives, when starting with antidepressants.

This is very important! Before they didn't have the drive to do it, but under medication their drive is restored before their mood is lifted. They then go ahead with their plan to commit suicide. AD's have to be taken for a period of 3 to 4 weeks before they become effective, so it is advisable to take another medication at the same time that curbs the drive until the AD's work.

Too Much TV Watching And A Lack Of Exercise Causes Depression

According to a U.S. study that included thousands of women, found that too much TV watching and a lack of exercise causes depression in some people. While we all go through ups and downs, depression is different in that it engulfs your every waking moment and your ability to work, study, eat, sleep and of course, have fun.

The latest research discovered that women who exercised the most had a 20% less chance of being depressed than those who didn't exercise very often.

Depression affects almost 21 million Americans each year, and about 4% of teens get depressed. We do know that women are 70% more likely to experience depression than men. Clinical depression is not something you can snap out of, and calls for treatment with therapy and medications.

The research included almost 50,000 women who completed surveys every few years as an ongoing part of the American. Nurses' Health Study. The period examined in this work was from 1992 to 2006.

The participants noted down the time spent in front of the TV each week throughout 1992, and also provided information on how regularly they exercised between the years 1992 and 2000. The women also reported any clinical depression or if they were taking medication to combat depression.

The work included women who were not suffering from depression in 1996. Over the ten years that followed, 6,500 new depression diagnoses occurred among the subjects.

Even after the team took into account health and lifestyle factors known to be associated with depression - things like being over weight, smoking, along with a host of diseases, those who exercised the most (up to 90 minutes/day) meant these women were 20% less likely to be depressed than those who only exercised ten minutes or less a day.

Those who sat for three hours or more in front of TV a day had a 13% greater chance of being depressed compared to women who hardly ever watched TV. Of course part of that is that women likely replaced active time with time spent sitting in front of the television.

But, the more hours the women spent in front of the TV, the more likely they were to be depressed.

It's also possible that some women may have been experiencing depression before being diagnosed. The diagnosis came later, after they'd been participating in the research.

Being more active was linked with a lower depression risk. Being active might help boost self-esteem as well as give a sense of control, while releasing beneficial endorphins into the bloodstream and helping manage stress and tension.

Another part of depression is the very real risk of suicide. Thinking about death or ending your life are symptoms not to be ignored. This isn't just a warning sign or a bid for attention - it's a serious cry for help. A cry you need to heed. If you believe someone you love is thinking this way do something about it and seek professional help immediately. Talking about depression and suicide can save a life. As can avoiding activities that can cause it, like too much TV watching and a lack of exercise.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Depression Can Be Fatal If Left Untreated

Who is susceptible to depression? The answer to that is everyone - men, women, children, and the elderly. This illness does not play favorites. It is true that women, on average, are twice as likely to be diagnosed than men; however, men are less likely to seek out treatment. Men tend to commit suicide about four times more often than women. The elderly are another largely untreated population. Their symptoms are often just written off as a result of old age. This is not always the case.

Despite common belief that someone with this illness can just snap out of it at will, this is not true. There is no one thing that is responsible for this disease. It can be genetic and run in families. People with a trauma history and people in chronic pain are susceptible to depression. Other causes include medication and thyroid disease.

When neurotransmitters are too weak or when there are not enough of them, these chemical messengers cannot pass messages between the neurons effectively. You can think of it as being like talking on your cell phone in an area where there is spotty service.

If you or someone you know experience any of the symptoms for more than a two-week period of time, seek medical attention. Some of the symptoms of depression include lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities, isolation, difficulty concentrating or remembering, being irritable, feeling worthless and hopeless, gaining or losing more than 5% of your weight on a month, lack of energy, sleeping too much or having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, thinking about death and suicide, physical pain, digestive problems, headache and hurting all over.

Other forms of the disorder include postpartum and childhood depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder. Postpartum depression can be confusing to new mothers because they feel that they should be happy for having a new baby. In reality, they feel horrible and like they are walking through sludge just to meet the needs of the baby. Children often show that they are depressed through behavior. It is very important to notice and act on any changes in the behavior of children. Children do not usually express how they are feeling verbally because they have not developed the vocabulary to do so. Bipolar disorder runs in families and has periods of elation and dark moods. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is caused by lack of exposure to sunlight. Most people with SAD live in the northern latitudes and experience it during the long, dark winters.

The good news is that treatment is possible. In fact, about 80% of people respond to treatment. The most effective treatment is a combination of behavioral therapy and medication. Stress management, meditation, eating right, exercising and taking time to do enjoyable activities act as preventatives.

Depression is not just a harmless illness. It can be fatal if left untreated. It is nothing to be ashamed of and it certainly is not your fault anymore than it is the fault of a diabetic for needing insulin. If someone you know or if you experience any of the symptoms of depression for two weeks, seek medical advice.

Teen Depression

Teens and Depression

Adolescence can be wonderful experience for many teenagers. During this time, teens begin taking their grades more seriously, looking forward to going to college and getting a great job. They also like to assert more independence and become more interested in the opposite sex. But for many teenagers, the transition from childhood to adulthood can be a very difficult time. Depression is often the culprit. In fact, researchers state that one out of eight teenagers suffer from depression.

Why is your teenager depressed?

Your teenager may become depressed for many reasons. Genetics could be one reason your child is depressed. Children who grow up in homes in which their parents or siblings are depressed may grow up to become depressed adults. Another reason your child may be depressed is peer pressure. Your teenager may be hanging with the wrong crowd and doing things that are dangerous and that make them feel bad in an effort to fit in --- such as smoking, drinking, and having sex. Also, they may have difficulty making friends and could be the victim of bullying and verbal abuse by their peers. Many depressed teenagers live in a bad environment, homes where their parents are not getting along, or a home where there is little money coming into the house. Boredom is also a reason why your child may be depressed. They may simply need something else to do.

Sometimes children have an inaccurate idea about people and life in general. When they get out into the real world, there can be a major gap between what they believe and reality. As a result, they feel let down on a regular basis. For example, a young girl who thought that she would go to an ivory league school and get married barely pays her way through junior college and gets pregnant by her absentee boyfriend.

Signs that your teenager is depressed includes:

  • gossiping on the telephone

  • over eating or under eating

  • slacking on doing household chores

  • masturbating or becoming promiscuous

  • abusing drugs and alcohol

  • bullying others

  • disrespecting authority figures

  • dropping out of high school

  • sleeping a lot

  • spending long periods of time in their room

  • turning up the volume on the stereo

  • allowing their appearance to suffer

  • choosing not to participate in family get togethers

What to do if your child is depressed?

Talk to your child about his or her life, wants, and needs. Let them know that their opinions matter and that they are important. Play an active role in their life. Go to ball games with them. Hang out with them at the mall.Talk to them about their bodies, relationships, and about life in general. Get them involved in activities and hobbies that are healthy and that they will enjoy. If your child continues to behave as if they are depressed, it may be necessary to talk to a therapist who may recommend treatment.

How to Cure Severe Depression for Good

For most people, severe depression is the feeling of living in a black hole and constantly waiting for doom to come. Depression is commonly mistaken for sadness, but it is more than just feeling down due to disappointments and minor setbacks in life. In fact, most people who go through periods of depression may not feel sad at all. They may feel empty, lifeless, and indifferent to most of the things that happen around them.

What are its symptoms?

Depression is usually diagnosed by checking for several signs and symptoms that linger for a long period of time. These symptoms include deviations from normal sleeping habits, inability to concentrate and to accomplish relatively easy tasks, as well as feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Loss of appetite and thoughts of attempting suicide are also common symptoms of severe depression.

How is it treated?

Results from treatments used for clinical depression vary from one person to another. In order to cure this psychological condition, patients are advised to find the perfect treatment that can solve the root causes of their psychological problem.

Two of the most popular ways to treat depression is to seek help from professional therapists and to take antidepressants.

A professional therapist can serve as a depressed patient's best friend, with whom he can share all his negative thoughts and worries in life. Meanwhile, antidepressants can ease the symptoms of clinical depression and increase the levels of serotonin or happy hormones in the brain. However, most people who undergo therapies and take antidepressants feel worse about their condition and experience unpleasant side effects.

On a lighter note, non-pharmaceutical treatments for severe depression are already available. These effective treatments include transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy, and vagus nerve stimulation.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is performed by placing a large metal coil near the patient's forehead. This coil passes gentle and painless electric currents through the brain in order to stimulate its portions that control a patient's mood. Most people regard TMS as the only least invasive treatment for clinical depression that can produce positive and long-lasting effects.

Meanwhile, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is conducted by sending electrical currents to the brain to trigger seizures. These seizures were found to regulate people's moods and to provide effective cure for severe depression.

Lastly, the vagus nerve stimulation requires a surgery wherein pulse generators are implanted to the chests of patients. These generators are attached to wires that lead to the vagus nerve. When this nerve is stimulated, a long-lasting cure for chronic depression is experienced.

As previously mentioned, the results from all these treatments vary from one person to another. Hence, it is important to consult a medical professional first before trying any treatment for chronic and severe depression.

The Secret to Success, Will Rogers Way: 3 Tips to Compliment Everyone

Many favorite quotes are attributed to Will Rogers, America's beloved, homespun sage.

When you hear his saying "I never met a man I didn't like" do you say: "Yes! That's easy." or "No! How about the guy who.... Or the lady who...."

What Rogers meant, of course, was that you could find a way to like every man or woman you meet by looking for some admirable quality in them-yes, there is some admirable quality in every person you meet.

If we adopt Will Rogers sympathetic, positive attitude toward people, we will find our own attitudes turning around and being more uplifted and positive. In other words, we benefit from the upward cycle of positivity that happens during a compliment exchange.

What you think you know, grows. If you think of someone as grumpy, mean-spirited, a real pain in the.... Guess what? That is how you will always know them.

Develop the habit of looking for good points, not bad ones. And know this: You will always find what you are looking for.


Then develop the habit of complimenting them about it. Take the time to say something admirable you have seen and it will change the interaction for you both -- and you will always meet people you like.

My friend Jamie encountered a grumpy woman at the deli counter next to her recently. Rather than simply ignoring her or judging the woman for her behavior (you do this, right? "She should be nicer"...that "she should" is a tip-off to judgment. And who knows what happened in her day or week before you came across her), she complimented her on her earrings.

The woman's whole demeanor changed. She got them on a recent vacation and was thrilled with the compliment on them.

Jamie wasn't trying to start a friendship or any kind of relationship with the woman, or wouldn't get through the line faster or anything else. But the positive interaction made Jamie -- and everyone else -- feel happier at that moment.

3 Tips on Finding Something to Compliment in Everyone

1) Take time to notice. You have to notice something to comment on it. Ask yourself -- what is commendable in the other person, in their abilities, character, personality, or even appearance? Observe them alertly, which really means, pay attention.

2) Ask questions -- about their work, their family, what they do with their free time, their home.

Don't overlook what seems less important about them. For example, someone successful in business might be less responsive to hearing about getting praised for their business acumen. Yet they might glow with pride over their new puppy, vegetable garden or dream vacation -- or even the new haircut or coat.

3) Give the compliment to others if that is more comfortable When you say a good word to someone about their family, home, or hobby, you are indirectly complimenting them, too. This works especially well when you are complimenting "up" such as a boss or someone of the opposite sex, when you don't want to come across as flirting.

Remember, you will develop your complimenting ability faster if you try to appreciate and compliment everyone, regardless of whether they can "do you any good." The fact is that every compliment you give does you some good, even if it only helps you to develop an attitude that makes you more receptive to success overall or fine tune a relationship skill that benefits you later.

Motivational Quotes - The Inspirational Quotations That Build Character

Since the beginning of time people use words that transpired wisdom - these are called motivational quotes. These little pearls of wisdom helped us during times of struggle, grief, despair, depression, to see the full side of the glass. This article will give you an insight into these.

In Greek mythology, there is the story of Pandora (translation giver of all) the first woman created by Zeus. The story tells how after humans received the gift of fire from Prometheus, the angry Zeus decided to punish men for the gift of fire - which was only used by the gods. Thus, he ordered Hephaestus to mold the first woman, a "beautiful evil" that will torment the race of men, and then he sent her to Earth and gave her a box. The box was filled with "a myriad of pains" and when opened all evil came into the world. Realizing what she did, Pandora closed the box, un-allowing one item to escape the jar: hope.

However, today, hope is something that we all need in times of struggle, and hope keeps us mentally sane and makes us go on. We could say that motivational quotes are little pieces of hope we can hold close to use in time of need.

This article won't be complete without a few well-known motivational quotes:

Albert Einstein - Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.

Sophocles - One learns by doing a thing; for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.

7 Things to Do to Be Happy

There are possibly seven things humans could do to become happy. These seven things are listed below with explanations in detail.

1. Sex
2. Smile (e.g. in worries)
3. Listen (e.g. music, others around)
4. Observe and Forget about Making Money
5. Believe in Yourself (e.g. also in supreme power, beauty of nature)
6. Respect (e.g. women or male)
7. Be like a child.

1. Sex

Sex gives pleasure. Most often, it's the human mind among male counterparts that think about sex. Especially, when in loneliness or aloneness. Medical experts believe that sexual exercise will burn calories to produce health benefits. The more you make love, the better for your health.

2. Smile

Smile is motivating cause for happiness which could be shown voluntarily or involuntary. We may have difference in culture, political system, life styles, country, religion and land but one thing remains same, "smile." Smile especially in worries, when you are alone. When you think there are more worries coming your way. The root cause of all your worries will be long gone, once you start smiling at ourselves. Look at the problems but do not forget to smile. The simple quote would be, "A smile a day will keep the doctor away."

3. Listen

Most of the things changes with time. For example, Music has common language. Music is "the harmony of the spheres", it will bring happiness by inextricably intertwining into our life. As all our concepts and ideas are internal pictures, music is eternal harmony in our lives. Others around signifies, those who want to speak listens to them. By understanding the philosophy of those people around we can become good listeners. If I were a God, this is what I would like to say, "Some times, I can listen to all those who are not even near to me. Just by listening to their heart full of worries."

4. Observe and Forget about Making Money

Spiritual God, Gautama Buddha has done great deal of the work on Observations. His quotes on Observation will explain everything on this issue. "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." Human can become fully satisfied, if he/she can stop thinking on the techniques to make money. This is what I state,"Little is enough to be satisfied and the desire to want more money could be further hiccup".

5. Believe in Yourself

Always remember, It is not who you are that will hold you back, it is who you think you are not. Vincent Van Gogh said, "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint', then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." Therefore, the most important motivating factor to be alive is to believe in yourself and your abilities. Once I was ready to die but I stopped just because I wanted to make most of myself and conquer myself. Supreme power and beauty of nature should be believed because in the difficult times, when you are feeling low and down, when there is shadow of darkness quest for light, just close your eyes and pray. All your prayers and wishes will be heard.

6. Respect

Respect could be defined as a manifestation of a human quality or behavior which does not come from influence but inner instincts. A single gesture, words and expression can result into great respect for those around you. If you are male, respect to female and vice-versa. What is the reason to do so? Simply because respect will give you pleasure and make you happy.

7. Be like a child

Einstein said, "All of my discovery and invention are because I stayed to be like a child." This quote is absolutely true. The unquenchable curiosity of the child can result into great inventions, can perform even far greater miracles. Most of the time,we hear the question that, if God exits, why is he/she not visible?

Author recommends, see the beauty and innocence of the child and you are ought to see the miracles of God.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Depression - Natures Wonder Drug Can Alleviate The Symptoms

There is a natural compound in nature that is part of the natural food chain and if taken in sufficient quantity has been proven to help patients with depression by providing natural organic help.

The drug is also cheap and it's plentiful and the medical community is only now after hundreds of years, intensifying research in to its medical applications.

If you have not guessed what it is? Then read on.

The compound is nicotine in organic form removed from cigarettes, which most people associate it with.

Nicotine in safe organic form

Nicotine is taken by most people everyday and trace elements are found in foods such as:
Potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, eggplant, chili peppers, and even some teas and is safe and non toxic.

Medical Evidence

In a recent test, researchers at Duke University Medical Center picked 11 people who were non smokers and were experiencing symptoms of depression to use either a nicotine patch or a placebo patch that did not contain nicotine.

The patients who wore the nicotine patch for at least eight days experienced significant declines in their depression and other tests have shown similar results.

Why Does Nicotine Help?

The areas of the brain that are stimulated by nicotine quite simply influence our state of mind and how we feel and have an impact on our moods and feelings of wellbeing.

Nicotine stimulates the release of neurotransmitters in the brain namely:

Serotonin, Dopamine and Norepinephrine.

These neuro-transmitters carry signals between nerves cells of the brain.

Depression is due to chemical imbalances in these neurotransmitters and nicotine targets them and makes people feel better by re aligning them.

New Products

Drug companies are already developing nicotine drugs to help with depression and a number of other conditions where nicotine is believed to offer medical benefits and these include:

Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, Attention Deficiency, obesity and Parkinson's disease.

Products available
Nicotine is already available in patches, inhalers, puffers and nicotine gum and a new product has entered the market with many companies conducting research into:

Nicotine in water.

Water is one of the best ways to deliver the nicotine compound in pure organic form and the water contains only nicotine and water and no other chemicals.

This makes it safe and organic and a convenient, easy way to take the compound.

Depression affects a huge amount of people and more products are expected to come to the market delivering the nicotine molecule in organic form to bring welcome relief to suffers of depression worldwide.

How to Benefit From Natural Treatment for Depression

A great deal of focus and attention is given to severe clinical depression. This is understandable, and even necessary, because severe depression is a disease that needs more recognition and resources for people needing help to heal.

However, this leads to a situation where milder forms of depression are overlooked, or seen as not being important.

Mild depression can take a variety of forms, and affects far more people then severe forms of depression. People suffering from mild depression will not have the extreme problems associated with severe depression - they will be able to take care of themselves, keep up with their work, and will not be suicidal.

Instead, mild depression leaves people feeling perpetually tired. Everything just takes a bit extra effort. There is no enthusiasm, or excitement for things. Someone who is usually an optimist might slowly become pessimistic, always expecting the worst of everything.

Many people do not realize that mild depression needs to be treated just as much as severe depression. Clinical depression almost never heals without treatment, and if left untreated, mild depression can become severe depression. Even if it doesn't, no one should have to live with depression impacting their lives when they don't have to.

And they don't. No one does. There is a natural treatment for depression that can help people heal from both severe and mild forms of depression - homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine that is completely natural, and without any side effects. A trained homeopath can work with a person suffering from depression to determine a personalized natural treatment for depression which will begin to work almost immediately.

As a holistic treatment, homeopathy affects the mind as well as the body, and heals the root causes of depression. In time, a person suffering from depression can heal completely, so they no longer need any kind of treatment.

If you or someone you know is suffering from mild depression, it's time to take action. Even mild depression is a life altering illness that can cause a great deal of suffering over time. Just because it isn't severe depression does not mean it can be pushed aside, or will get better without care. Especially when there is a natural treatment for depression available which can help you heal completely.

Take care of yourself, and your health. Learn about homeopathy as a natural treatment for depression, so you can feel better now.