LIVING WITH DEPRESSION
IMPORTANT: Suicidal ideation refers to suicidal thoughts ranging from the consideration of killing oneself to detailed plans for killing oneself. Suicidal ideation is an important warning sign and should not be ignored. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal ideation, call 911 straightaway. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).
Some signs and symptoms of depression include:
- An inability to maintain focus or concentrate
- Anger or indifference
- A sense of emptiness
- Anxiety, irritability, worry, pessimism, hopelessness
- Decreased levels of energy or a persistent feeling of exhaustion
- Difficulty making decisions
- Difficulty remembering
- Difficulty sleeping, waking early, oversleeping
- Disinterest in previously-enjoyed activities
- Feelings of guilt
- Low self-esteem or self-worth
- Physical symptoms of aches, pains or digestive problems without an explicit cause
- Sadness or crying for no known reason
- Seclusion from or disinterest in social activities
- Slowed speech or movements
- Substantial changes in appetite or weight
- Suicidal ideation (thoughts of death or self-harm)
Not everyone living with depression will experience all the symptoms listed above, and these symptoms may not only indicate depression. Depression can coincide with and be complicated by other mental or physical ailments or disorders. It is important that depression and concurring illnesses or conditions be appropriately diagnosed so that appropriate treatment may be sought out.
Both genetics and life stressors can contribute to depression. Depression may be temporary, intermittent or long-term and could be triggered by painful life events, such as the passing of a loved one or the termination of an important relationship.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treating depression, and it often shows itself clothed in a combination of symptoms that cause difficulties with communication at home, at school, or at work. Depression can disrupt eating, sleeping or study patterns, and affect quality of life. It can hamper and be the cause of stress in relationships, and interfere with happiness and contentment.
There are many natural ways to treat symptoms of depression, and it is my hope that you will find some useful and helpful information in these pages. Self-treatment should be undertaken only after consultation with your healthcare professional. Please remember that natural treatments can be very powerful and to investigate the side effects of any treatment.
New natural treatments should be implemented gradually and one at a time to increase awareness of the effects of the treatment, including any adverse reactions to the treatment itself or resulting from combining treatments.
NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY:
REMEMBER: Suicidal ideation refers to suicidal thoughts ranging from consideration of killing oneself to detailed plans of killing oneself. Suicidal ideation is an important warning sign and should not be ignored. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal ideation, call 911 straightaway. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).
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