Depression: Alternative Treatments

I was planning doing an article on natural remedies for depression when I read one from Women’s Voices for Change that gives all the vital information, so I am posting the link and urge you to read it. This month is Mental Health Month and depression is a topic close to my heart since I have had two serious episodes: one after my second child was born and one while going through divorce and menopause at the same time. Also, it seems to runny family, so my concern is very personal.


Before going to the link, here are some facts I gathered for my original essay:

Definition of Depression: “Depression is a state of mind ranging from mild, temporary sadness, to intense states of despair, possibly even suicide.”

Symptoms include: Lost of interest or pleasure in usual activities, including possible inability to get out of bed in the a.m.;  weight change from either increased or decreased appetite; insomnia or excessive sleeplessness; slower activity or hyperactivity; reduction sex drive; lack of energy; feelings of guilt, self-reproach, or feelings of lack of worth; impaired mental abilities, preoccupation with death or suicide or attempted suicide.  From Healing with the Herbs of Life by Leslie Tierra, herbalist. Crossing Press.

Statistics:

About 5 % of the adult population of the US is afflicted with major depression, according to the National Institutes of Health.  
Nearly twice as many women as men suffer from major depression. 
Millions of depression cases are either never diagnosed or treated.
Major depression is threading cause of disability in the U.S.
Depression costs our society an estimated $44 billion a year.
Every year thousands of people commit suicide.  (More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED. Google search)

Source other than Google Search: Disease Prevention and Treatment fromLife Extension


In the Women’s Voices for Change article, the author Dr. Megan Riddle, M.D./Ph.D.,  lists these remedies: Hypericum (St. John’s Wort), SAMe, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Folate, Light Therapy, Exercise, and Sleep Deprivation. Please go to the link below for the entire article.



Here is the link: womensvoicesforchange.org/alternative-treatments-for-depression

 




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