Depression is a normal response as part of our daily lives such as the loss of s job, the death of a love one, and illness. Over 30 million Americans suffer from depression and the amount is increasing in an alarming rate. Depression may be a mental health disorder that can affect the way you eat, sleep, and the way you feel about yourself. The mild case of depression can be defeated by a variety of self-care techniques. Others require the treatment of medication, such as antidepressant medications and psychotherapy that help to reduce and sometimes eliminate the symptoms of depression. According to the National Mental Health Association, one in every eight women can expect to experience clinical depression during their lifetime. In gender perspective, women are twice at risk to develop depression than men.
Women and depression
In an article of Why Women Experience Depression More Than Men, by Susan
Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., Carla Grayson, Ph.D. & Judith Larson, Ph.D.,
the experts wrote that researchers have known for years that women
experience depression more often than men do, but the reason for this
gender difference has not been clear. A study published by researchers
provides some answers by showing how social conditions and personality
characteristics affect each other and contribute to the gender
differences in depressive symptoms.
Treatments in Herbal medicine
1. St. John wort
St. John wort works like some antidepressant medication such as Prozac
and Zoloft. Intake of St. john wort helps to increase appetite, more
interest in life, greater self-esteem and restoration of normal sleeping
Skullcap helps to reduce the symptoms of mild to moderate depression by
increasing the amount of serotonin in the body by inhibiting the
reuptake of Serotonin, and inhibits two chemicals interleukin-6 and
Cortisol known to cause anxiety and depression.
Hops are the flowers of humulus lupulus. They have been used widely to
relieve insomnia and help in promoting positive support for occasional
anxious feelings, restlessness, nervousness, tension and symptoms of
Passionflower contains flavonoids and monoflavonoids that help to
promote emotional balance through relaxation of the nervous system. It
also acts as an anxiolytic aiding relaxation, relief from occasional
anxiety and panic resulting from stress, and to ease tension.
5. Calamus root
Calamus root has been used for centuries in strengthening immune system,
relieve pain, and preventing inflammation. It also helps to ward off
fatigue, increase body’s energy, reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
6. Schizandra berry
Schizandra berry is a creeping vine with small red berries native to
Northern China. Traditionally schizandra berry has been used widely to
stimulate immune defense, balance body functions, normalizing physical
activity and boosting energy. Recent study shows that it also helps to
increase the body’s resistance to stress, anxiety, mood swing and
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