5 Signs You're Actually Depressed
This nutrition bite looks into common signs of depression to watch out for, the problem with antidepressants, and a magical little plant that can help.
Depression is a mental disorder that is only beginning to get the urgency and recognition it needs as an actual illness. Globally, approximately 5% of adults experience some form of depression, putting it at the top of diseases that cause a disability.(1)
Often oversimplified as extreme sadness, depression is far more complex and is a spectrum of emotions ranging from degrees of sadness, anger, and anxiety. In America alone, 1 in 4 adults have depression.(2)
Like any disease, depression usually requires a holistic approach for treatment. Considering that depression has recently been linked to physical inflammation, an imbalanced microbiome, hormone disorders, and self-harming practices such as substance abuse, dealing with depression is far more than prescribing a set of pills.
Unfortunately, from a medical and diagnostic standpoint, depression is often seen as merely a chemical imbalance within the brain. This usually results in antidepressants as the only prescribed treatment.
Though such medications can indeed be of tremendous value and help to people…
The problem is that depression is far more complex and treating it with antidepressants alone is like putting a bandaid on the issue, instead of getting to the root cause.
Over 11% of Americans are on at least 1 prescription of antidepressants, with these numbers continuing to increase.(3)
Unfortunately, antidepressants are well known for side effects such as lowered libido, dizziness, stomach upset, loss of appetite, irregular sleep, and feeling agitated.
These types of unpleasant side-effects and controversial statistics on their efficacy mean antidepressants are not always the best option for many people and…
All things considered, only a fraction of the needed treatment.(4)
Getting enough Omega 3s is a treatment supplement for depression that many are not aware of. There are dozens and dozens of studies on the benefits, and nowadays there are many plant sources. Taking 1 gram a day can be extremely beneficial.
St John’s Wort is another natural substance that many find helpful. It can take time to work, but depending on what other medications you are taking, can be a helpful addition to a treatment program.
One new-to-us plant that’s pretty exciting when it comes to research comes in the form of a South African succulent, known as Kanna. Some are calling it the ‘serotonin switch’.
This unassuming plant has been gaining traction as a natural support for depression thanks to the plant’s ability to promote more balanced moods and feelings of calm, well-being and happiness.(5)
When it comes to depression, knowledge is a powerful ally. This is especially true in relation to understanding the various options for treatment and of course…
Spotting the symptoms of depression so that you can seek professional guidance as needed.
Here are 5 warning signs to look out for if you suspect you or a loved one is depressed:
5 Signs You’re Depressed
1. Loss of interest
People who are depressed lose interest in things they once enjoyed. This is a great sign to look out for because you can easily catch it if you’re observant. Loved ones who are no longer interested in common pleasures of life such as socializing, exercising, and engaging in a hobby they once loved are likely to be depressed.
2. Change in sleeping patterns
Depression can cause excessive sleep or insomnia which is often accompanied by fatigue and lethargy throughout the day.
3. Drastic change in eating patterns
People who are depressed typically experience appetite changes. They can either eat more or less and can be noticed by a drastic change in weight.
4. Anger and irritability
Depression is emotionally taxing and can leave people short tempered. If you notice any changes in disposition with yourself or others, especially when it comes to patience, know that depression is likely the underlying issue.
5. Thoughts of suicide
Suicide is sadly the last symptom of depression. Although hard to detect among individuals (keep an eye out for the previous signs) if you yourself are having thoughts about harming yourself or taking your own life, seek help and therapy immediately. Likewise, experts say to always take mentions or threats of suicide from others seriously.
With the right support and treatment, depression can be managed and hopefully beaten.
To try an exciting new Kanna formulation that incorporates nano-technology in order to create a super-powerful and absorbable natural alternative for depression…