Natural Remedies For Depression

By Eric Spinner, CNC

Depression is one of the most common medical conditions in the United States, affecting over 17 million Americans each year. Depression is found in twice the amount of women as in men, and does not discriminate with the age of a person. There are different forms of depression, with varying symptoms, durations, and degrees of severity. Why some people become depressed and others do not, remains unclear, however, many factors are thought to contribute to this condition.

Poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, stress, tension, past trauma, and heredity, just to name a few. Whatever the cause is, depression begins in the part of the brain that controls our moods. The most common form of depression is called dysthymia, and is categorized by a low-grade, chronic state, and can result from simply thinking negative thoughts (unconsciously).

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is when someone becomes depressed when the days begin to get shorter and darker, and the skies are cloudier. The December holiday time can also be a reason for people to feel " the blues", and the suicide rate is reported to be at it’s highest during this time. There are some proven approaches, and nutrients that can help someone deal more effectively with this disorder.

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