Depression gets almost 20 million of grown up people in U.S. People who suffer depression usually do not treat depression, but the most of depressed can be cured. Doctor should treat depression because depression is a serious condition. There are conditions such as anemia of hypothyroidism that can be result of depression, because depression may be a symptom. Any medications against depression should be consulted with the doctor, because depression may be a symptom of another medical disorder.
Natural and Herb Remedies Against Depression
There are herbal remedies for depression that do not cause dependence. -A Daylight Therapy During long dark nights at winter, the best therapy for depression is sunlight, if not sunlight then just daylight. Morning light is very helpful to wake up and enlighten a day in generally. Chemical in the brain serotonin is the main mood switcher, that switch is on upon first light.
- Exercise The most effective and best approach to increase bad mood is to exercise. Any kind of training releases chemicals in the brain that automatically improve a bad mood and lowers the stress.
-No caffeine and alcohol Taking extra alcohol or extra caffeine decreases a mood. Alcohol and caffeine taking relaxes and gives energy but only for a shorter period. But what come next are a bad mood swings, increased depression, insomnia and anxiety.
-A good diet Too much sugar improves mood temporarily but decreases mood in later stage.
-Magnesium Magnesium makes serotonin production and serotonin elevates mood and decrease stress. Many people do not have enough magnesium. Therefore it is good to eat green vegetables, nuts, whole grains etc.
-Vitamin B6 Vitamin B6 generates neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine a mood elevators. But lack of vitamin B6 may happen with people who take drugs for tuberculosis, oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.
-Folic Acid With people who are depressed it is often to have lack of folic acid, folate or a B vitamin. There is a folate in some food such as fruit, vegetables, beans, green leafy vegetables, grains etc.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids These are good fat necessary for brain to function normal. Omega-3 Fatty Acids can not be reproduced on its own, but can be made up with artificial intake. Depression can be made with a little intake of omega-3 fatty acids. More consummation of fish can lower depression level on minimum; Omega-3 Fatty Acids lowers a possibility to expose signs of postpartum depression.
- 5-HTP It is a 5-hydroxytryptophan and body produce it to generate neurotransmitter serotonin. Supplement of this may increase levels of serotonin. But it is not to be taken with antidepressants.
- St. John's Wort There is an herb called St. John's Wort or Hypericum perforatum is a folk medicine for a bad sleep, sadness, nervousness etc. This is effective antidepressants for light depression, with very few side effects fatigue dry mouth, indigestion etc... But the drug has higher level of photosensitivity, so it is important to protect eyes from strong light and skin from the strong sun. But the herb is to be taken alone with no other drugs, especially anti depressants or AIDS drugs. Also, pregnant and nursing women, children, people with bipolar disorder, disease of liver or kidney shouldn’t be using it as well.
-SAM-eThis is S-adenosyl-L-methionine, a natural body chemistry that is improving levels of dopamine and neurotransmitters serotonin. It is a help drug for osteoarthritis and depression though side effects of it are constipation and nausea.
Also there are other natural treatments for depression, such yoga, acupuncture or flower based herbs.