Signs of depression include, but are not limited to: Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, Loss of interest in daily activities, Appetite or weight changes, Sleep changes, Psychomotor agitation or retardation, Loss of energy, Self-loathing and Concentration problems.
Vitamin and mineral therapy can make a large difference. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can have a large effect on our feelings and correcting these deficiencies can decrease feelings of depression.
Serotonin and dopamine imbalances are believed to cause depression. It is believed that these two chemicals made in the effect brain cells related to mood, sexual desire and function, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature regulation, and some social behavior.
Vitamin B6 is said to help neurotransmitters that control depression, pain perception, and anxiety. Severe B6 deficiencies are rare, marginal deficiencies can also effect mood. Often a vitamin supplement can correct this deficiency.
Folic acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C,and Magnesium deficiency have all be found as a common link in those who suffer from depression. These deficiencies are usually caused by dietary deficiency, physical or psychological stress, excessive alcohol consumption, or chronic diarrhea. Often a vitamin supplement can correct these deficiencies.
St. John’s wort is licensed in Germany and other European countries as a treatment for mild to moderate depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. It is said to take 4-6 weeks for the effects to take place and caution must be used as it can interact with other medication. Consult a pharmacist or physician for recommended dosing and interaction problems you may face.
Ginkgo biloba is also used most commonly in elderly patients who are resistant to medication in treatment of depression. Consult a pharmacist or physician for recommended dosing and medication interaction problems you may face.
Increasing physical activity has been proven to fight depression.
Increase fresh produce and natural foods in your diet . Avoid refined sugars, unhealthy fats, caffeine, processed foods or fast food restaurant as they have all been linked as causes of depression.
Therapy and journal keeping are said to help alleviate the severity of depression and can be used in conjunction with other treatments.