What is depression? Depression is a communal mental disorder that presents with the depressed mood, low self-esteem or guilt feelings; loss of interest and pleasures; low energy and feeling very tired; poor concentrations and difficulty in making decisions; disturbed sleep and appetite; decrease sex drive; avoiding other people; and the worst part is the thought of death or suicide, a tragic fatality that causes 850 000 lives every year.
Is depression treatable? Absolutely Yes! With proper treatment, 80% to 90% of depressed people are able to move out of the depression. The most common treatment is medication. I advise individuals to investigate this option very thoroughly before making a decision for medication. There are multiple side effects from anti-depressant medication. It is considered the quick fix, yet like most quick fixes, it is not always a magic bullet. Many people jump in without properly investigating the pros and cons of the medication. The medicine deals with the symptom, and does not address the root cause of the depression. Professional counseling has been very effective in treating depression. A good therapist will help you identify the root cause of the depression, and teach you skills to come out of the debilitating mood. The old cliché stands true, “What is not talked out is acted out.” Talk out the depression and it will stop being acted out in your life. Some say that this is too easy, yet it has been proven to work over and over again.
Fellowship with other people is a mood lifter. Being alone is the worst thing you can do when you’re depressed. Unfortunately, it’s usually the very thing I want most. Depression grows best in isolation. I find it very difficult to get out and socialize when I’m depressed, but if I push myself to do it, I’m almost always glad later. Some ideas for socializing include joining a club, taking a class, inviting someone to meet you for lunch, or visiting a nursing home to chat with the residents there. It especially helps me to be with friends who enjoy the same hobbies I do. Shopping, watching movies, and rubber stamping are some of the things I enjoy doing alone, but they’re twice as much fun when I do them with friends.
How are vitamins and minerals used as treatments for depression?
There are many vitamins and minerals that support body health. Vitamins, particularly B vitamins, have a very positive effect on mood and directly on what is depression. Though they can work on their own, they are most often found in groups in foods and in supplements. Biotin, Thiamine, and Riboflavin are just a few of the B vitamins that help support brain health. Biotin for example, is instrumental in supporting the way cells use energy, the synthesis of both fatty and nucleic acids, and it also acts as a co-enzyme in processing protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
Thiamine is important in maintaining energy levels, digestion and is necessary for the metabolism of sugar and starches. Riboflavin also supports energy production, aids in amino acid production, and it helps the process of the body getting and using energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fats as does Biotin.
Vitamins and minerals are important tools for health and are effective in treating what is depression . However combined with herbs and other nutritive substances their effectiveness can be greatly increased. Herbal supplements of the highest quality will have gone through extensive testing. They will have been tested at the molecular level to determine the metabolic paths of the ingredients. The ingredients’ interactions will also have been studied. When they are made they should have been made to pharmaceutical grade. This will guarantee their safety, efficacy, and potency. You will know you are getting exactly what the label says you are getting.