World Health Day
Every year on April 7th, the World Health Organization (WHO) spotlights and brings global awareness to an important health issue and this year it’s depression. So I’m joining them today in their efforts in an attempt to reach out and help sufferers of depression.
According to the WHO depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability, globally. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, worldwide, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
Depression can affect anyone and all ages.
Situational depression is what we all experience from time-to-time due to loss, grief, and life’s curve balls, this type of depression runs its course and you are able to cope and get by with a little help from your friends and family and fur-babies – and time spent in nature. Essential oils can also be beneficial. You get passed it. Joy and happiness are yours once again.
But then there’s clinical or major depression that isn’t caused by an event or situation, it’s just there day in and day out, robbing you of happiness and joy, adversely affecting your relationships, job, school – all aspects of life. It’s ongoing and debilitating and it’s extremely difficult to cope no matter how supportive your friends and family and fur babies are. Life’s curveballs and grief can trigger or exacerbate major depression. There are several subtypes of major depression.
But there is hope! Sometimes major depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, such as low serotonin, that can be tested and remedied! Low serotonin can effectively be treated naturally!
Common Symptoms of Major Depression:
- Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, mood swings, sadness, irritability, agitation
- Sleep: early waking, excess sleepiness, insomnia or restless sleep
- Whole body: excessive hunger or loss of appetite, fatigue, restlessness, slowness of activity
- Behavioral: social isolation, substance abuse, loss of interest in activities, excessive crying
- Cognitive: brain fog, thoughts of suicide
- Weight: weight gain or weight loss
- Also common: repeatedly going over thoughts/obsessing
There’s hope! There’s help!
If you are experiencing ongoing debilitating depression, please seek help. See your doctor, therapist, alternative medicine doc (i.e. naturopath, osteopath, acupuncturist, integrative practitioner, etc).
I’m a huge fan of acupuncture and other alternative health modalities.
“A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that electroacupuncture – in which a mild electric current is transmitted through the needles – was just as effective as Prozac.” ~ Scientific American
Acupuncture also helps reduce and alleviate the side effects of prescription anti-depressants.
When seeking acupuncture, be sure to see a ‘licensed’ as opposed to ‘certified’ practitioner.
Support Groups – local and online
I also love support groups, they are a valuable resource, either locally or online. Google online support groups or search Facebook groups.
Apps – 24/7 Access
There are even several apps for depression! Type “depression help” into your App Store search bar! Some provide 24/7 therapist access! Someone you can reach out to anytime, even in the middle of the night!
Depression Hotline: 877-743-4672
Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255
If you know someone who’s depressed, please reach out to them, encourage them to seek help. Let them know you care.
♥️ There’s always hope ~
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