You may know that sleeping too much or too little, lack of interest in social gatherings, persistent sadness, and negative thoughts are signs of a depressive disorder. But there are other, subtler signs that something’s up.
If you’ve been feeling blue, knowing the signs of depression will help you decide if you need help. Since depression usually doesn’t get better on its own, you will also learn about the treatment options: pharmaceutical medications and alternative medicines.
11 Depression Signs:
- Feeling sad or blue
- Sense of hopelessness & worthlessness
- Crying, seemingly for no reason
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of interest in life and daily activities
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble making decisions
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Irritable or easily annoyed
- Loss of sexual desire
- Thoughts of suicide
It’s important to understand that signs of depression can vary with individuals, between genders and age groups. The key to diagnosing depression is that a number of the symptoms must persist over time. You do not have to show all the symptoms above to be diagnosed with depression.
If you show any of the depression signs above, there is help. The most common forms of treatment include prescription drugs, behavioral therapy and alternative medicines.
Using prescription drugs to treat depression signs is effective for some people. As you may know, the problem is that there are troubling side effects associated with prescription medications and these side effects may actually worsen depression and lead to suicide. Make sure to know all the side effects and drug interactions before taking any medication. Also, it’s important to know that drugs only mask the symptoms; they do not heal what causes depression.
Behavioral therapy is used to treat the signs of depression by teaching people coping skills that will help them get beyond the symptoms. The idea here is that if you do better, you will feel better. Although therapy with a caring therapist can be helpful, it is most effective when supplemented by a remedy that helps increase the feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain.
This is where the third treatment for depression signs comes in. Natural medicine can be used to elevate mood, increase motivation and renew your interest in life. Since holistic medicine is all natural, it has no side effects. Better still, by supplying the brain with the nutrients it needs, proper function will be restored over time, so eventually, you can stop taking the natural remedy. Wouldn’t you rather take something that heals your condition, rather than something that just suppresses the symptoms?
When looking for a good natural remedy, look for one that contains Passion Flower and St. John’s Wort which have been proven in clinical trials to reduce the signs of depression. Make sure the remedy contains standardized ingredients to ensure that each dose is the same and that the company offers a money-back guarantee. Companies that offer a one-year, money-back guarantee are those who have done their research, proven their product’s effectiveness and are willing to stand behind it with an iron-clad guarantee.
Only you can decide which treatment is best for reducing your signs of depression, but it’s important to understand that drugs are not the only, nor always the best option.
Start a healthy lifestyle blog today!