Posted by Chantel Martiromo, Article By Kyle J. Norton
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.
A. General approaches
1. Reduce intake of saturated and trans fats Saturates and trans fats
cause the increase of levels of bad cholesterol in the blood stream,
blocking the circulation of blood and reducing the levels of oxygen that
are essential for brain cells resulting in mood change and low interest
for daily function.
2. Reduce intake of fat food, simple carbohydrates, and artificial sweetener
The above food causes chemical and nutritional imbalances and contribute to depression.
3. Be careful with conventional prescription side effects
Conventional medication while common can produce negative side effects
and tends to treat the symptoms rather than the cause of depression.
Some prescription medication may cause side effects to only some
patients but not others. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have some
depression side effect.
4. Moderate exercise
Exercise helps to increase the circulation and oxygen level in the
bloodstream, gives body energy and produces feelings of revitalization
and accomplishment triggering the release of certain hormones that help
to boost your mood.
5. Join a social group or club
Joining a social group or club is the best way to climb out and learn
something new. It is the proven way to keep your brain active and
increase your confidence and self esteem.
6. Get enough sleep
Over half of people with sleep disorders are found to have some mental
disorder such as depression. In fact, study shows that insomnia may be
the cause of depression.
7. Light therapy
If you have season affective disorder, the body chemistry is thrown off
by a decrease in the amount of day light. Light therapy will help to
increase energy levels and overcome difficulty in getting out of bed.
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