If you have ever experienced a bout of depression, or have struggled with the condition long-term, you know how destructive and difficult it can be to manage it. Treatments that seem like miracle cures can end up failing or, in the case of some medications, cause weight gain, loss of libido, and even a sense of numbness that defeats the purpose of treating the illness in the first place.
Depression affects nearly 120 million people worldwide – 6% of men and 9.5% of women. According to the World Health Association, by 2020, depression will become the second most burdensome disease worldwide, costing more than any other condition aside from heart disease in terms of medical care and lost work days.
For some, feelings of despair are linked with traumatic experiences or are part of the cycle of a mental illness, or a hormonal shift like menopause. For others, inherited body chemistry may be to blame. Unexamined, negative thought patterns, low-self-esteem, and other issues can also cause a significant drop in mood and energy levels, particularly if the thoughts go unchecked. Finally, poor nutrition, economic stress, and even child birth can all cause different types and levels of depression.
If you’re currently depressed, or know someone who is, the following natural
remedies can help. However, if you feel you cannot accomplish your activities
of daily living or are having suicidal thoughts, be sure to contact a
Don’t wait; reaching out could save your life.
When a naturopathic physician at Water’s Edge meets with you about treating your depression, she will assess both your symptoms and your current environment. Lifestyle issues can have a huge impact on how you feel, such as:
Once we have an accurate picture of what you are experiencing on a day-to-day basis, we may suggest one or more of the following remedies:
If you struggle with depression, naturopathic medicine has much to offer in the way of gentle-but-effective cures. Contact Water’s Edge Natural Medicine today to learn how you can combat the negative effects of low mood, holistically.
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