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.
The Nutritional supplements
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. Our
body does not have the ability to make its own vitamin C. Therefore, we
must obtain vitamin C through our diet. Overdose of vitamin C may result
in diarrhea. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects our body from
the forming of free radicals as well as weakening of immune system
resulting in chronic infection such as mononucleosis and psychiatric
symptoms including depression.
2. B vitamin complex
The B vitamins are eight water-soluble vitamins that play important
roles in cell metabolism. Deficiency of B vitamin complex such as B 12
may not lead to physical symptoms but may cause depression.
3. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is the fat soluble antioxidant in our body. Study shows that
people with depression have lower levels of serum of vitamin E
circulating in their bloodstreams.
Magnesium is one of the four electrolyte minerals. Besides helping our
body to absorb calcium, and strengthen bones and teeth, it also plays an
important role in allowing muscles to relax, and in reducing stiffness
in muscles. Magnesium deficiency causes depression, chronic pain, and
intolerance to stress, chronic fatigue and depression. 5. Iron Iron
plays an important role in production of red blood cells and increase
the transportation of oxygen levels to our body cells. Iron deficiency
causes chronic fatigue, apathy irritability and other symptoms of
Besides helping to restore the normal function of prostate gland, it
also helps in promoting of hormone balancing in our body by stimulating
the production of growth hormone. Deficiency of zinc may be a leading
cause of loss of appetite, subsequent poor nutrition, inevitable chronic
fatigue and depression.
Study shows that people with high amounts of selenium in their body tend
to be more cheerful and confident. It also helps to make us feel more
alert, less anxious, and high levels of energy.
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