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How to Treat Depression Naturally

Updated on March 12, 2011

Depression is often a devastating and costly condition, but there are some home remedies and natural cures that can help. For anyone who has recently been through a significant devastation in their personal life, a divorce, severe financial trouble, or the loss of a loved one, feelings of sadness, grief, and even guilt for a period of time may be a normal phase of life. Typically, these feelings may dissipate after a few days or weeks. However, if you find that these feelings are so intense that they interfere with your daily routine and ability to accomplish normal day to day functions or the feelings linger for a longer period of time, you may be experiencing symptoms of clinical depression. In addition, experiencing feelings of intense sadness, grief, or guilt that cannot be attributed to any event or situation in your life may also be an indication of a hormonal or chemical imbalance in the brain that can also be defined as clinical depression.

Clinical depression is not a condition that should be taken lightly, and while home remedies and nutritional supplements offer some benefit, it is important to know when it is time to see a doctor or seek the advice of a medical professional. Although depression is one of the most common psychiatric illnesses in the US today and affects a large number of people, clinical depression can affect not only you but also the people around you. Aside from being the number one reason for the large number of deaths related to suicide today, depression also accounts for a large number of missed work and school days every year. In addition, the symptoms of depression can also lead to more physical illnesses and infections as well, further perpetuating depression itself.

Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to help improve your overall sense of well-being and functioning if you are experiencing these kinds of symptoms. Proper nutrition, moderate levels of routine exercise, and home remedies that help maintain a more balance brain chemistry level can all help ease the symptoms of depression without the added cost of prescription drugs.

At home, there are four basic things to keep in mind when it comes to taming the symptoms of clinical depression. First, avoid socially isolating yourself. Talking to a friend is sometimes the best home remedy for depression. When you are feeling depressed, it may be difficult to get out and do the things that you normally do. However, if you can make yourself attend regular events and functions even if you do not feel like, the better you will feel in the end. Even if it is something as simple as going to the store or going out to eat with a friend, simply getting out and finding someone to talk to can greatly improve your mood.

Second, be sure that you are getting the right amount of sleep. Experts have proven that too little or too much sleep impacts our brain chemistry in many ways, which can often contribute to depression. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule and getting 8-9 hours of sleep a night is a great way to help keep depression at bay. Also, never forget the importance of regular exercise. Physical activity prompts the release of endorphins in the body, which can act as a sort of natural anti-depressant. The last thing to keep in mind when it comes to treating clinical depression at home is that even over-the-counter medications and other substances can at times alter your brain chemistry. It is important to avoid alcohol and other medications that are not prescribed by your doctor when you are feeling symptoms of depression, as these substances can often lead to further feelings of depression.

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    Martie Coetser 

    7 years ago from South Africa

    Valuable advice! Thanks a lot!

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