Stop Blaming Yourself For Feeling Depressed

I mean really? If you could stop feeling down and depressed, or stressed-out of your skull and anxious, you'd choose that in a heart-beat, would not you?

Of course you would!

Here's the thing: it's completely not your fault that your mood is not always as bubbly and upbeat as you might like it.

That does not mean there are not things you can do to change it – because there are! But what it DOES mean is that THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU FOR FEELING THIS WAY!

Everyone goes through tough spots in life. Everyone has ups and downs. Just most people either are not in touch with their true feelings, or are doing a very good job of pretending to everyone else that everything is hunky-dory A-OK – even when it completely is not.

A huge part of really feeling happy with yourself, and with your life, is to stop blaming yourself for the times you do not feel happy. When you feel like things just are not going your way, and you do not like yourself, or your job, or your house, or your husband, or whatever it else, press pause on the beating yourself up orgy and instead, tell yourself this:

“I'm not to blame that things are not working out.”

And this:

“It's not my fault that other people are miserable and unhappy with their lives.”

And this:

“It's not my fault that I made a mistake.

And this:

“I'm not running the world.

We usually get down, stressed, disturbed, panicked or angry because we're having a completely NORMAL physiological reaction to difficult, stressful or even downright dangerous external circumstances.

Once you figure out what's actually triggering your blue moods, freak-outs and panic attacks (and I'm here to help you do that) then you'll be in a position to start changing things around to prevent those triggers from happening so much of the time.

But telling yourself that 'there's something wrong with you' for feeling this way, or that you must be crazy, or have some sort of mental illness or disorder for reacting the way you do, or that you really are to blame for all the world's problems, is only going to make you feel a whole lot worse, and make it much harder for you to boost your mood, long-term.

Underneath all that stuff, you're a great human being doing the best you can, given the difficult situations you so often find yourself in.

Telling yourself that as often as you can – and doing your best to really believe it – is one of the single best ways I know to instantly boost your mood sky-high.

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Why You Shouldn’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You That You Have a ‘Chemical Imbalance’

This is one of those 'the earth is really round!' articles, that probably will not win me a lot of friends … but here goes, anyway.

Despite the fact that they've been researching this subject for more than three decades already, no chemical imbalance has ever been scientifically-proven to be the cause of mental illness.

I know that's a big statement to make in some circles, so here's a couple of quotes to back it up:

Jonathan Leo, associate professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences says:

“If a psychiatrist says you have a shortage of a chemical, ask for a blood test and watch the psychiatrist's reaction. “

According to Joseph Glenmullen of Harvard Medical School:

“Nothing like a sodium imbalance or blood sugar imbalance exists for depression or any other psychiatric syndrome.”

And lastly, this, from Edward Drummond, MD, Associate Medical Director at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire:

“First, no biological etiology [cause] has been proved for any psychiatric disorder … in spite of decades of research … So do not accept the myth that we can make an 'accurate diagnosis' … Neither should you believe that your problems are due solely to a 'chemical imbalance.' “

There are many other scientists out there saying exactly the same thing – and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has never been able to produce any evidence that the infamous 'chemical imbalance' exists.

So if someone is telling you that you have a chemical imbalance – particularly if that someone is a mental health professional – you should run away as fast as your legs will carry you.


It all comes down to human psychology. If people are told that their brains are genetically 'broken' in some way, and that there is nothing they can do to fix the problem or help themselves other than put themselves permanently on medication, that pretty much takes away all their motivation to get to the true roots of their issues, or their belief in themselves that they CAN heal and they CAN feel great again.

If the med actually worked to improve people's quality of life long-term, maybe that would not matter so much. But more and more research is showing that when it comes to psychiatric medications, any short-term relief they provide is more than canceled out by the long-term problems that cause to the user's physical and mental health.

To quote the famous song: 'The drugs do not work, they just make things worse.'

And mental health professionals, more than anyone else, should be aware of the huge problems associated with long-term use of psychiatric medications and they should also know that the chemical imbalance theory of mental health problems has never been demonstrated, and is full of holes .

If they do not know this information – or worse, they're trying to argument you into believing stuff that's patently untrue about Prozac being like insulin – walk away.

Bottom line: You do not need shrinks or pills (and all their horrible side effects) to feel great and boost your mood. But you do need to figure out what's really causing the problems, and how to tackle them, across all three levels of body, mind and soul.

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Why Regular Exercise Is More Effective Than Meds, When It Comes to Beating Depression

Did you know that regular exercise has been scientifically proven as being more effective than anti-depressants at getting people out – and keeping them out – of depression?

In 2000, a group of researchers at Duke University, North Carolina did an experiment with three sets of evenly-depressed patients. The first group was assigned to do aerobic exercises for four months. The second group was prescribed an anti-depressant; and the third group was given both the anti-depressant and the exercise.

At the end of four months, the experiment showed that there were no significant differences between the groups. In other words, the experiment was clearly shown when when it came to treating depression, exercise was just as effective as medication.

But the biggest surprise was yet to come.

Ten months' later when the researchers went back to evaluate the progress being made by the three groups, they found that a significant number of the patients who were regularly exercising had completely recovered from their depression, while many more of the patients who had been prescribed the antidepressant had relapsed. This showed that exercise was actually more effective than drugs, for overcoming depression .

To maximize your chances of boosting your mood, aim to do three 30 minute exercise sessions a week. It does not have to be anything too high-impact or organized – you can walk fast, swim, dance, but the key is to move around enough to break a sweat, and to do it for at least 30 minutes.

Physiologically speaking, sweat is also another great way that your body breaks down all the stress hormones swirling around, and shows them the door.

Physical exercise also gets the energy contained in your body to start moving around properly, which helps to break up the stagnant, stuck or frozen energy patterns that could also be severely disrupting your mood.

So if you're feeling blue, instead of automatically reaching for the Prozac, first shoot some hoops in your yard, or take a jog, or hit some balls around for half an hour instead – because research shows that really, that's probably all you actually need to do, to start turning your mood around.

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How Your Diet Could Be Causing Your Depression

I know, pizza is SO yummy sometimes, is not it? And the truth is, that if you're eating good stuff most of the time a little bit of junk food is not so terrible. But these days, most of us are not getting anywhere near the amount of nutrients and vitamins we need via our diet, for our bodies to function right, and our mood to stay positive.

Here's why the quality of your food and the quality of your mood are directly connected:

Every nerve cell is protected by what's called a 'myelin sheath'. This sheath is made up mostly of Vitamin B, which can be found in many vegetables, legumes and also animal protein products.

When the myelin sheath does not get enough B vits, it starts to disintegrate – leaving your poor little nerve cells over-exposed and vulnerable to all sorts of shocks to the system. You've heard that expression 'living on your nerves', have not you? This is kinda what it's talking about: when you do not eat enough good stuff, your body does not get enough of the minerals and vitamins it needs to actually keep functioning right, and things start to malfunction and go wrong.

For example, when someone is low on B vits, they physically start to feel more agitated, depressed and fatigued. Although the consequence is a mental / emotional one – ie, you start to feel depressed, lethargic and anxious – the cause is actually nearly all physical: You are not got the vitamin B vits you need to feel great!

Other things that can take the B vits out of your system are white flour, white sugar, drugs of all kinds, even legal ones, and chronic stress.

So if you want to boost your mood, rethink your food – but do not get all fanatical about it, as even just on the physical level, there's much more affecting your state of mind than just eating a Big Mac or a Snickers bar.

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Depression: Can Living In An Oppressive Environment Cause Someone To Be Depressed?

While there are some people who have lived in the same environment for their whole life, there are others who have moved around. When one has moved around, they may not have stayed in the same place for very long.

This could be a sign that one has a job that requires them to move around, or it could just come down to the fact that they do not like to stay in the same place. Thus, if they had to stay in the same place for their whole life, it could cause them to suffer.


However, when one has lived in the same place, this could mean that one does not have a job where they need to move around. At the same time, one might simply prefer to stay in the same place and not feel the need to move.

Therefore, if one was in a position where they had to move around, it could end up causing them to suffer. Based on this, they are both experiencing life in a way that matches up with their needs.

Another Reason

There is also the chance that one has moved around a lot because they have caused a lot of problems. And through moving somewhere else, it allows them to run away from the damage that they create.

And when one has always lived in the same place, it could just be because they are comfortable. It is then not that they are necessarily happy with where they live; it is just somewhere they are used to.

The Right One

Yet regardless of why one has moved around, it could have said that they will have a great understanding when it comes to what their ideal environment is. Whereas if one has always lived in the same place; they are not going to know whether they are in the right place or not.

This comes down to the fact that human beings only know how good something is when they have something to compare it with. Still, even if one has always lived in the same environment, it does not mean that they have never been away.

Another Way

If one has been away, it would have given them the opportunity to experience what it is like to be in another environment. This may have allowed them to see whether or not their current environment was a good fit.

When they were away, they may have been absorbed in what was taking place, and then when they got back, their whole outlook may have changed. On one side, this may have meant that they knew they were living in the right place, and on the other hand, it may have meant that they came to see that their environment was not very fulfilling.

The Catalyst

As a result of this, going away allowed them to realize that they needed to move, and this means that the holiday not only save them a boost; it also allowed them to see clearly. If they had not taken the time to go away, they might still be living in the same place.

But even though one may have come back and moved shortly after, this might not have taken place. Instead, one may have just stayed where they were and lost touch with how they felt after they returned.

Stepping Back

If one was able to take a step back, they may find that they have always felt as though they were in the wrong environment. So even though they have adapted to where they live; deep down they know it is not right for them.

On the other hand, they may find that they have not always felt his way, and that at one point in time, something changed. They then went from living in an environment that was fulfilling (or at least was not completely negative), to living somewhere that has a negative effect on their wellbeing.


If their environment has changed fairly recently, it might be easier for them to notice what has taken place; the reason for this is what they will know how they felt before. But when their environment has always been the same, their past experiences are not going to be any different.

Neverheless, this could be somewhere where they feel drained or depressed, and this is going to make their life harder than it needs to be. And if they were unaware of the impact their environment is having on them, they could easily come to the conclusion that it is because of what is taking place within them, for instance.


One could find that the majority of people in this environment are controlling and that it is not possible for them to express themselves. This is not to say that the control takes place directly, as it could take place indirectly.

Perhaps the people around them are out of touch with how they feel and do not have the ability to experience empathy. It then will not matter if one did express themselves, as they will not be acknowledged.

Playing a Role

The external pressure then causes one to hold themselves back, and through being in this kind of environment for so long, they may have internalized the control. So even if these people are not around, one may end up controlling themselves.

Another way of looking at this would be to say that one is putting on an act, and while this allows them to fit in; it is stopping them from being able to express their true-self. And as they are condemning their true nature, it is it expected that they will feel suffer.


If one can relate to this, it will be important for them to change their environment. For as long as they stay where they are, they will not feel any better; in fact, they could end up feeling even worse.

The assistance of a therapist and / or a support group may be needed here. This can be a time where one can look into why they are experiencing life in this way.

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Depression and Mental Illness Can Be Overcome

That's a big statement, but one must look at the cause to find the solution. Depression and mental illness is caused by the Spirit who seeks to correct something within a person or those who care for them. It's not in the guidelines of those who treat patients but it is within our minds and the little voice within. Going against that voice is like risking one's life on a busy highway. If it is disengaged all types of problems get into the mind and body and diseases and such are the result.

Religions work to disengage it because they want their people to focus on their rules and pay for their so-called salvation. The noise of the world also disengages it as one's mind turns to the things that stimulate them in a physical way, such as through movies, music, sport, and so on.

These things are the source of blindness and they make people deaf to reality. As they sink lower into the confusion created by their condition the lack of interest and then illnesses take over. Depression is a sign that one is switched off from the Spirit that is trying respectably to turn them around.

My reincarnation and link to the Spirit of the Universe, the only God, resolved in a commission to remove the barrier of lies and confusion and bring in the harvest at the end of the day. We are at that time now and the pain and suffering of people is increasing dramatically and depression and mental illnesses are far in excess of any time before.

People are panicking as the evidence builds that the world is on a course that will see most of the population wiped out. Wars; diseases; famine; floods; mass migrations; and climate change are now evidence that we are fast reaching a point where the balance tips over. The voice inside is screaming to be heard and the conflict between it and what people think they need to do is a major part of their mental condition.

The answer lies in giving everything over to God and accepting that our lives are part of the plan and whatever happens we can not do a thing about it. But we can link back to the Spirit and reach out in our hearts and minds to reconnect to it. That's when miracles of healing occurrence and peace beyond understanding is achieved.

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Making a Courageous Pact to Live Honestly

“Put our [suite] plans down,
and we let them be blown off by the wind. ”
– Pastor John Wilmot

BROTHERS and sisters are not just of flesh and blood, as if DNA had a say over a kin relationship. I have a brother who has been so courageously honest to publish a video where he makes a pact not to end his life.

Do not get me wrong. I've had only four serious suicidal ideas – one so close to being converted to reality – enough to know that dim wretched place of soul where hope has gone to the bleachers.

His pact to continue living, to not abandon his family and friends, is met, of course, with more relief than any legitimate life can know. Indeed, it's his agreement with pain – to subsist within it, to be honest in its presence, and to be valiant especially in the quairer, lonelyest times – that is so brutally inspiring.

Life is pitiless. But God is not. And yet, as we live this life, we get that sense that faith does not help that much, unless we're courageous enough to set the truth free. God can help us, but only if we can help ourselves to the simplest, raw knowledge – what smacks us in the face every moment of our existence. There's nothing to be gained from a life lived abiding in lies. The honest person is the winner who takes it all.

Pastor John's inspiration bought to be shared over the globe, but it also needs to be replicated over and over again just to prevent even one of those many thousands each day who do take their own lives.

Let us be proud of each other's honesty. But better still let's be blessed by God, for the fruit of honesty is peace, even within pain.

Australians have a word for courage that gets to the truth. Courage is about guts. Pastor John, you have guts! Pastor John, I love your guts.

© 2016 SJ Wickham.

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Super Natural Depression Fix

When sixty-year-old Mildred came to see me, she was both frustrated and cautious. She had been suffering from depression for most of her life, and despite years of psychiatric treatment had given her an understanding of her issues, it had not made her feel better. She had also been taking medication for twenty-five years and determined that was long enough. No wonder she was frustrated! Then she learned that I practice NET, a technique that releases stuck emotional issues; she came to me for help in ridding her of the childhood memories that had been weighing her down. After a thorough history and evaluation, I felt that I could help her, but was related to make any promises about the medication. The biochemical changes that would have occurred in her brain over twenty-five years was of serious concern to me, so I suggested that for the time being we just reduce her dosage. She agreed, and after just five sessions, her mood had dramatically improved-she was even smiling and joking.

Depression is a worldwide disorder that affects over 350 million people of all ages and walks of life. Feelings of hopelessness, paralleled will, and being trapped are just part of the deep anguish that these individuals are dealing with, often to a debilitating degree. Minorities that suffer from depression have a much higher risk for strokes and heart attacks; and more women than men suffer from the disorder. In fact, in the US, one in four women in their 40s and 50s take psychiatric medications. In all, thirty million Americans are hooked!

The traditional medical community has long relied on antidepressants as the cornerstone of mental health treatment; however, while these medications can alleviate depression they are often problematic. Many are accompanied by a long list of horrific side effects, so the patients are often forced to swap emotional symptoms for physical ones. In addition, people often wind up taking them indefinitely, which can cause a nutrient deficiency that leads to other health problems. Most disturbing is that meds can actually make the situation worse, as demonstrated by the increasing suicide rates among those taking them.

It is important to remember that the pharmaceutical approach is all about suppressing symptoms, not confronting the underlying causes of depression. Moreover, the research has consistently shown that antidepressants have a very strong placebo effect; in other words, if one is given a sugar pill and told it's an antidepressant, he or she will feel better because they believe it to be so. This is good news for the pharmaceutical manufacturers that make billions from antidepressant prescriptions each year. The bottom line is about profits, not individuals.

For twenty years I have been using natural methods to help clinically depressed patients elevate their mood and let go of past traumas. When treating depression there are many factors to consider, including genetic predisposition, relationships, previous trauma, underlying infections, abusive life situations, prescription medications, loss and setbacks. To address these factors, I have combined the healing techniques of Dr. Scott Walker, William Walsh, PhD. and Dr. Devi Nambudripad; I also provide nutritional support tailored to improve absorption and balance hormones. The result is a streamlined process that helps speed up the healing and help my patients be happy again (or perhaps for the first time). Many patients, like Mildred, see results within one month. Mildred continues to smile, be positive, and for the first time, has hope for the future.

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Antidepressants Increase Risk of Mania and Bipolar Disorder: Study

Although this has been a concern since late 1960s and early 1970s, psychiatrists have been conducting researches to find if psychotropic drugs actually worsen the progress of the illness which they are supposed to treat.

A recent research, published in the BMJ Open in December 2015, revealed that taking certain antidepressants increases the risk of mania and bipolar disorder. The researchers said that the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or venlafaxine (multiple brands) significantly increases the risk.

“Although our findings do not demonstrate any causal link between antidepressant therapy and bipolar disorder, the association of antidepressant therapy with mania in people being treated for depression reinforces the importance of considering risk factors for mania or hypomania in people who present with an episode of depression , “the study notes.

Study finds

The study analyzed data of over 21,000 adults suffering from unipolar depression and undergoing treatment from 2006 to 2013. They observed the effect of commonly prescribed antidepressants such as SSRIs, mirtazapine, venlafaxine and tricyclics on depressed patients. When the patients were clinically diagnosed on a regular basis for symptoms of depression, they observed risk of developing bipolar disorder or mania in 10.9 persons per 1,000 patients. The studies shown 994 of the 21,012 patients observed to be diagnosed with mania or bipolar disorder during the analysis period.

The age of the patients who were highly susceptible to the risk were found to be from 26 to 35 years, or 12.3 per 1,000 patients. Treatment with SSRIs and venlafaxine was associated with 34-35 percent increased risk of bipolar disorder and / or mania in depressed patients. However, experts say more research and evidence are required to explain occurrence of bipolar disorder due to side effects of any drug treatment.

According to a report in , it has been demonstrated that antidepressants used for treatment of bipolar disorder can cause bouts of mania by further worsening the already unstable moods and behaviors. However, it is not clear whether the drugs play any role in increasing the chance of mania or bipolar symptoms in patients who only suffer from unipolar depression.

Link between antidepressant and serotonin

A paper published by Rif El-Mallakh, MD, of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, in the Medical Hypothots in 2011 provides an overview of “emerging evidence that, in some individuals, persistent use of antidepressants may be pro-depressant.”

El-Mallakh said that depressed patients may have treatment resistant later. He said that long exposure to antidepressants, such as SSRIs, depletes the serotonergic system which is further associated with increased depressive and anxious behaviors. El-Makkah termed the condition as Tardive Dysphoria that manifests as a chronic dysphoric state in which the patient fails to respond to antidepressants.

If you or your loved one is undergoing an antidepressant therapy, it is important to be careful about any side effects. In case you feel any unusual changes in the behavior, get in touch with a depression disorders center .

The depression disorders clinician can be helpful in getting rid of depressive symptoms. You can also seek help from any Depression Treatment Helpline.

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Antidepressants May Lead to Birth Defects, But Not ADHD, Autism: Study

Hormonal changes during pregnancy tend to bring about chemical changes in the brain which can create emotional turmoil in the moms-to-be. All this together, at times, can lead to depression and other problems. Many women may not be able to understand their problem of depression as they tend to surrender their feelings as temporary mood swings accompanying pregnancy.

However, if medication looks like the best treatment for depression, the risks and benefits need to be examined closely and the class of antidepressants that are the current standard of treatment must be recommended by doctors. Various studies have claimed that antidepressants can be harmful to the unborn child.

Effects of antidepressants during pregnancy

What long-term effects do antidepressants have on infants? Deciding to continue or stop using antidepressants during pregnancy is one of the toughest decisions, as such a condition can hamper a woman's ability to care for herself and the developing baby. Untreated depression can lead to poor eating habits, drinking and suicidal behavior, and a depressed woman often does not have the desire to lead an active and a healthy life.

Despite prospective mothers with depression need immediate medical attention, recent studies have pointed at the harmful effects of antidepressants on unborn babies. According to two recent studies, when medication for depression, paroxetine, or Paxil, is taken during first trimester, it can increase the chance of heart defects in the unborn child. However, no increased risk was reported for autism or attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), the study added. According to the researchers, with one-fifth of women experiencing depressive symptoms during pregnancy, prescriptions of antidepressant drugs have surged in the recent years.

The study conducted by the Harvard Medical School compared the data of 1,245 children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 1,701 with ADHD and their mothers with those child-mother pairs who were not diagnosed with any of these defects. The results of the study, published in the Translational Psychiatry in 2016, indicated that the risk of developing both the disorders was higher in children who mothers took antidepressants before getting pregnant; however, their use during pregnancy did not appear to increase the risk.

In another related study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in 2016, researchers concluded that mothers who used paroxetine during the first trimester of pregnancy were likely to give birth to babies with a 23 percent higher chance of developing major congenital malformations and a 28 percent higher risk of acquisiting major cardiac malformations. The two studies support the finding that the use of antidepressants during pregnancy may cause birth defects in infants, while they may not be liable for autism or ADHD.

“Taking any medicine during pregnancy can be a difficult decision,” said Dr. Roy Perlis, associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, in a press release . “While there are depression treatments that do not involve medication, for some patients they are not effective, available or preferred. We want women and clinicians working with them to be as informed as possible when making this decision,” he added.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warns medical practitioners about the use of Paxil during pregnancy. But many doctors say that consequences of not treating depression can be just as negative. Here, the risks involved with using antidepressants should have considered before including them in any treatment.

However, another recent study by the University College of London said that expectant mothers when treated with antidepressants exhibit no increased risk of having children with congenital heart anomalies.

“Women who were prescribed SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) in pregnancy … were found to be at greater risk of giving birth to a child with a congenital heart anomaly than other women,” said the researchers, led by Irene Petersen, Ph.D., of the University College of London Department of Primary Care and Population, in the United Kingdom. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in January.

Making help available

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended screening for depression in all adults, including pregnant and postpartum women. If you're pregnant and on antidepressants, do not shy away from letting your doctor know that you feel low. Your emotional health is as important as your physical health, and it is important to seek help. There are many good depression treatment facilities that specialize in depression therapy.

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Understanding Depression in Children

Childhood depression is not the same as normal “blues”. When the child's disrupted behavior starts interfering with normal activities, it may be a sign of depressive illness. If you feel your child is suffering from depression, it is difficult to understand what to do. Children with a family history of depression or those with conflicted families have been found to be at a greater risk of developing depression.

It is important to understand that although depression is a serious illness, it is also treatable. Children aged 12 or older may begin using drugs or alcohol and may also show other symptoms related to depression that one needs to look out for.

Depression diagnosis in children

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12-17 in the United States had at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year. This number represented 11.4 percent of the US population aged 12-17.

Experts feel that parents of babies and toddlers need to be extra vigilant in understanding their problem and behavior as they can not express their feelings. According to a report published on in 2006, Dr. Jess Shatkin, director of education and training at the New York University's Child Study Center, said, “Babies can be depressed.

A depressed child's development may slow down and he may have frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomach aches. An infant may also be clingy and refuse to eat or sleep, while a toddler might show slightly different symptoms, such as being tearful and waking up during the night due to nightmares. At times, they may become very demanding and show destructive behavior, with increased irritability, anger or hostility, say experts.

In older children, grouchiness, listlessness, moodiness and reluctance to go to school are some of the common symptoms. They may also find it hard to concentrate on studies and can lose interest in their work and play. Many children complain that they are bored and even if there are activities for them to do they do not participate and continue to complain that they are “bored”. This could be a sign of depression.

Teen depression is a major problem in the US Depression marriages noticeable changes in their thinking and behavior – they may become extremely moody and irritable, and may give up interests or hobbies and do not find a new one.

According to the 2014 data compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 8.3 percent of teens suffer depression for at least a year at a time, compared to about 5.3 percent of the general population.

Parents may find their teens losing interest in their own personal appearance or become obsessed with a habit or routine. Young children can also experience frequent thoughts of death, suicide, or may self-harm. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, one in seven teens in the age group of 15-19 attempts suicide during the depressive phase.

Is your child depressed?

Depression has a significant impact on adolescents' development, but it must be kept in mind that not all children who have these symptoms are depressed. Adolescent depression can adversely affect school and work performance, adverse peer and family relationships, although some children may continue to function reasonably well in most activities.

“One symptom on its own means it is unlikely that your child has depression. It is about how extreme that problem is,” says Anna Olek from the Mental Health Foundation, a British charitable organization. She added, “You have to ask, 'is my child getting on with their life despite the problem or is it holding them back?'”

Making help available

It is very shocking to live with depression. Emotional health is as important as physical health. If your child is suffering from depression, you must seek professional help. There are many good depression treatment facilities that specialize in depression therapy.

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Strategies For Dealing With Depression

Over the years I have learned several strategies for dealing with depression. Anyone who has suffered with this common complaint will understand how deeply this can affect your life and everyone close to you.

If you do not seek help in the very early stages things can easily spiral completely out of control having devastating consequences. Firstly, it is important to recognize the early signs and symptoms of depression. Often, it can be just the result of leading a very stressful life and trying to juggle a full-time job and caring for loved ones. Getting the balance right can be a difficult task but taking the time to sit down and assess your lifestyle completely can have a long-term benefit.

The areas to assess are your job, the state of your relationship, your sleep pattern and if you are getting enough exercise.

Firstly, your job – are you working in a highly pressurized environment such as customer service, sales, or do you have a job supervising other staff that carries with it a lot of responsibility? Often being stressed in your job because of pressures such as having unrealistic deadlines and targets to reach can have the result of leading to depression. It is important to be able to focus on your family and make them a priority in your life over your career. If you come to the conclusion that your job is having an adverse effect on your health then you will have to look into the possibility of retraining for a less stressful way to earn a living.

Secondly, is your relationship having a detrimental effect on your health? Going through a relationship break while trying to maintain a stable lifestyle for your children can be very difficult and hard to achieve. I have been a single mother myself, coping with a messy divorce, running a home, and in a stressful job with a lot of responsibility. It's hard surprising that having that kind of lifestyle is going to have a long-term effect on your health leaving you depressed.

So, we've assessed our job and relationship. You may say that you have too many financial obligations to quit your job. Personally, I deeply regret staying in a job that was highly pressured even though it was very well paid and enabled me to keep up with the mortgage repayments. My children are both adults now, well into their thirties, and even though they have turned out well balanced individuals, they told me that they regretted the time I spent out at work. Looking back over the years following my marriage breakdown I now realize that although they did not show it at the time, my children suffered as a result of my total dedication to my job.

If you are finding it hard to cope, reach out to your friends and family to take some of the burden off your shoulders. Taking time out away from your children to concentrate on a hobby perhaps for a couple of hours a week will give you a much- needed break knowing that they are being well cared for.

Next, we should pay our attention to our sleep pattern. Depression and anxiety can result in long- term insomnia if nothing is done about it. Studies carried out in the USA have shown that exercise for just thirty minutes a day can have a beneficial effect on insomnia and depression. So, lack of sleep, a demanding job and relationship problems can all lead to depressive symptoms.

Recognizing these signs and symptoms at an early stage and getting treatment will prevent the depression from developing into a more serious mental illness such as psychosis. Reaching out for help at an early stage is not a sign of weakness and speaking to your doctor is most important.

So, from my own personal experience of mental illness and depression I would say try my copying strategies as above above. Having a well paid job may be nice but you have to enjoy what you do for forty hours a week. Believe me, employers in my experience are not really interested in their employee's mental health, even in these enlightened times. I personally was fired from several jobs due to long-term absence with depression. Get help from your doctor at the earliest possible opportunity if you find that self-help is not enough and you recognize that you are depressed. It may prevent you from losing your job and exacerbating your depression.

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3 Steps in the Natural Treatment of Depression

Although we do not like to talk about it, depression is a major problem in America. According to statistics, one out every ten of us will suffer from depression at some point in our lives. 16 million people (that's 6.9% of the population) had at least one major depressive episode in 2012. And each year, the number of people being diagnosed with this disease increases by 20%. With numbers like this, it is safe to say that depression is a disease that affects almost all of us in some way, whether that is personally or within our circle of family and friends.

One of the worst things about depression is that the very symptoms of the disease (fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, tension for isolation) make it difficult for the sufferer to seek help and look for alternative options. Think of this in comparison to something like cancer, where it is very common for the newly diagnosed patient to seek multiple medical opinions and scour the internet for natural cures. There is something about cancer and diseases like it that provoke a fighter's mentality. But unfortunately by its very nature, depression typically takes the fight completely out of the individual.

The good news in all of this is that there are natural and effective treatment alternatives for people suffering from depression. Although it is given one broad name, the truth is that there are many different causes, presentations, and symptoms of depression. Therefore, what works to help one person may be completely ineffective for someone else. But when you take the time to get the entire story, treat the whole person, and work together to implement new life skills, the results can be quite remarkable. Below I have outlined the 3 most important steps in the natural treatment of this growing disease.

Rule out or treat physical causes:

In order to have an effective treatment, it is very important to either rule out or treat any possible physical causes that may be contributing to a patient's depression. There are MANY physical conditions that can cause depression, some of which are acknowledged by traditional medicine and some of which are not. I would like to talk about a couple of them in more detail:

Nutritional deficiencies: Low levels of many different vitamins and minerals as well as essential fatty acids (omega 3's) are associated with depression. It is particularly important to check for low vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid in depressed patients. These three vitamins are commonly depleted by stress as well as by the use of oral contraption. Unfortunately, traditional labwork is not the most accurate way to test vitamin levels. This is because these labs only look at the serum level of nutrients, which is the amount of nutrients floating around in your bloodstream at the specific time of the blood draw. A more accurate way to test for nutritional deficiencies is to test the level of nutrients that are actually inside your blood cells. This type of testing shows exactly how much of each vitamin the body has actually absorbed and is able to use.

Additionally, due to a genetic deficiency known as the MTHFR genetic defect, some people are unable to convert the folic acid they ingest into the active and usable form known as L-methylfolate. While this defect can lead to a host of different metabolic problems, it is particularly important in depression. This is due to low folic acid results in the body from producing adequate levels of serotonin, epinephrine, and dopamine. Spectracell Laboratories is a great laboratory that accurately tests for nutrient deficiencies and MTHFR genetic defects through the blood. The information gleamed from these tests allows physicians to prescribe highly accurate and specific nutritional therapies that can have a substantial effect on patients' health.

Adrenal Imbalance: Both elevated and depressed levels of adrenal hormones, particularly cortisol, can cause symptoms of depression. If cortisol levels are too high, this can inhibit the body's ability to convert tryptophan to serotonin. On top of the significant mood changes that serotonin deficiency can cause, serotonin is a direct precursor to melatonin, a hormone that is vitally important to sleep. Excess cortisol also inhibits thyroid hormone production and can lead to hypothyroidism, another condition that can cause symptoms of depression. Low levels of cortisol are also associated with mood changes, depression, and fatigue. The most accurate way to test adrenal hormones is through the saliva. Salivary testing measures the biologically active component of these hormones, and, because it can be done at home, it allows for precise measurement of hormones at different times of the day and / or month. This gives the physician a complete picture of how much hormone the body is actually able to utilize and how that hormone level fluctuates based on bodily rhythms.

Hypothyroidism: The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism-fatigue, sadness, brain fog, difficulty thinking, and inability to lose weight-are some of the very same symptoms of depression. For this reason, it is very important for anyone who is experiencing these symptoms should have their thyroid checked before starting any sort of anti-depressant medication. It is important that the doctor runs a full thyroid panel (TSH, Free T3, Free T4, thyroid antibodies) and not just TSH, because many cases of hypothyroidism can be missed otherwise.

There are too many metabolic causes of depression to go into detail about each one, but here is a listing of other important conditions to rule out and / or treat if necessary if you are suffering from depression:

Pituitary, parathyroid, or sex hormone imbalance
Autoimmune disease
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Environmental toxicities
Food allergies
Chronic infections
Medication side-effects
Lifestyle choices: lack of exercise, sunshine, and / or sleep
Other diseases: heart and lung diseases, neurological disorders, anemia, etc.

Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathic medicine is often very helpful in treating depression and anxiety. Homeopathy is a very safe and gentle system of medicine that can have very deep healing effects when used correctly. Because it works differently than traditional medicines and supplements, it can be challenging to explain exactly how the remedies work.

Dana Ullman summarized homeopathy beautifully in his Huffington Post article on the homeopathic treatment of depression. He stated that, “the promise behind homeopathy is that symptoms of illness are not just something” wrong “with the person but are actually efforts of their bodymind to fight infection and / or to adapt to stress. to inhibit or suppress symptoms, very small and specially prepared doses of medicinal substances are individually prescribed to a person for their unique ability to cause an overdose in the similar symptoms that the sick person is having. sick person, the medicine supports and augments the body's defenses. ” (1) In other words, while many other types of medicine treat the disease itself and all the symptoms that disease comes with, homeopathy treats the sick person individually.

Get Connected

No matter how you treat depression, healing from this disease will never occur in isolation. One of the worst parts about depression is that it lies to you. It tells you that you are alone, that no one understands you, and that you are unfixable. But this is not true. It can be an incredibly difficult and challenging step to ask for help, but if you do I promise that you will find family members, friends, and health professionals who will gladly step in to support you.

Beside opening up to friends and family, working through the mental, emotional, and spiritual causes of depression with a qualified mental health profession is incredibly valuable. Many councilors teach techniques that interrupt and alter the negative thought patterns that often occur in the brain of depressed patients. They also serve as a non-biased, non-judicialal sounding board for thoughts that a depressed individual may not be comfortable sharing with anyone else. As with any chronic disease, healing from depression is a long term and multifaceted process. In my experience, the people who achieve the most substantial and lasting healing are those that combine physical treatments with mental, emotional, and spiritual growth practices.

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Role of Neurotransmitters in Depression

A recent study has revealed that patients with mild or moderate depression can significantly benefit from neurotransmitter precursors. The study, titled “Use of neurotransmitter precursors for treatment of depression, states that” insufficiency activity of the neurotransmitters serotonin and nor-epinephrine is a central element of the model of depression most broadly held by neurobiologists today. ”

What are neurotransmitters and how do they affect depression in a person?

Depression is often attributed to a chemical imbalance in the brain, at least this is how the common man perceives it. But there is more to it than meets the eye. Actually, it is little more complex than what people usually think. The brain has a number of chemicals which help in communicating with other parts within it. These chemicals are called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are sent and received by the multiple nerve cells present in the brain. These nerve cells are called neurons.

The neurons constantly exchange neurotransmitters as a means of communication. This communication is crucial for proper functioning of the brain. Neurons are connected by a tiny space called synapse. Whenever there is a disruption in the smooth functioning of this chain of chemical events, it impacts the brain and the nervous system in a negative way. And the onset of depression is one of the consequences of such a disruption.

When there is an imbalance in the brain with regard to neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, it results in depression. So, the purpose of antidepressant medication is to act upon these particular neurotransmitters and their receptors. They tend to repair this and depression is taken care of.

Serotonin : As a neurotransmitter, serotonin is responsible for regulating many important physiological functions, including sleep, eating, aggression, sexual behavior, and mood. It is produced by serotonergic neurons. Whenever there is a low production of serotonin, it causes depression in a person. In extreme cases, people may also feel suicidal at times when serotonin level depletes.

Dopamine : As a neurotransmitter, dopamine is also linked to depression. It is important in regulating our desire to seek out rewards, as well as our ability to obtain a sense of pleasure. Low dopamine level means a person will not derive pleasure from activities which are usually pleasurable. They become depressed and hence do not feel elated by indulging in otherwise fun-filled activities in life.

Norepinephrine : A low level of norepinephrine is also responsible for depression in people. Studies reveal that a drop in norepinephrine levels is due to low levels of serotonin. It highlights the inter-relation of neurotransmitters influencing the level of happiness and depression in a person.

Depression treatment therapies aim at restoring these chemical imbalances in the brain as a cure. The depression treatment is immensely popular and highly successful in the country. Every year countless people get treated for their depressive disorders at the numerous depression treatment centers .

An article titled “Neurotransmitter Targeting in the Treatment of Depression” says, “By understanding how various antidepressants affect the 3 monoamine systems of serotonin, nor-epinephrine, and dopamine, clinicians can select treatments based on the most effective mechanism of action.”

Written by Pierre Blier, MD, Ph.D., the article further says, “Medication that increase norepinephrine or dopamine neurotransmission may improve several common residual symptoms left after treatment with serotonin-specific agents.”

In short, it is the proper balance of neurotransmitters in the brain that keeps us upbeat and in a right frame of mind. Any disruption may cause depression or other mental problems in us.

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Depression: Can Toxic Shame Cause Depression?

While someone can feel down from time to time, they can also feel this way on a regular basis. When this is the case, it is going to be a challenge for them to appreciate life, and it may even be a challenge for them to get out of bed in the morning.

Another Experience

Now, when one feels down from time to time, they may find that there are times when they find it hard to embrace each day. However, this is not to say that this is an experience that they have each week.

In fact, this could be an experience that does not even occur a few times a year, and this can then mean that it is not going to have a big effect on their life. And during these moments, they may be only too aware of why their life is this way.

The Contrast

What this comes down to is that one will not be used to feeling depressed, and so it will be easier for them to pinpoint why they their life has changed. Whereas when one always experiences life in this way, it can end up being what is normal.

Thus, if one was to look back on their life and to remember a time when they were depressed, it could have been when they experienced some kind of loss. As a result of this, the meaning of their life may have completely changed.


This could have been a time when a relationship came to an end up or when a loved one passed on. Perhaps their job came to an end and they had to find something else to do.

Through experiencing something like this, one would have found it hard to function, but through their feelings, it would have enabled them to get back up again, so to speak. This would then be a sign that they have a good relationship with their emotions, and this then allows them to face their feeling instead of running away from them.

Part of Life

It could be said that it is part of life to feel depressed after something like this, and that there is no reason for one not to have this experience. For one thing, having the ability to experience life in this way gives one the chance to appreciate life.

If life was always experienced in one way, it would be a lot harder for one to appreciate it. Therefore, this gives life depth and meaning, and without it, it could be said that it would be a sterile existence.


Still, if one did not take the time to grieve, they may have found that it was not possible for them to embrace life again. This would then have meant that this experience would have become normal.

Or if it did not, it may have meant that they would have ended up becoming emotionally cut-off instead. When this takes place it will be possible for them to function, but they will not be able to feel anything, and as time passes, a number of different symptoms would appear.

Other Reasons

Having said that, this is not to say that this is the only reason why one would feel depressed in life. It could also be something that they experience at a certain time in the year, and so as the weather changes, their mood will soon alter.

Along with this, they may find that they experience life is this way when they get angry about something and do not express how they feel. This will show that the energy that needs to be expressed is being repressed, and as it is kept within them, it pulls them down.

A Different Experience

When one sees most of their life feeling depressed, they may find that they have not always experience life in this way. There could then have been a point in their life where everything changed.

At the same time, they may find that their life has been this way for as long as they can remember. If they can refer to the former, it might give them hope that their life can be different; whereas if they can refer to the latter, this might not be the case.


If they were to reach out for support, they could end up being put on antidepressants, or they could be told that it's due to what is taking place in their mind. And while taking antidepressants may take the pain away, it may also stop them from being able to feel.

But if one was to change what is taking place in their mind (or to alter their behavior), they may find that this does not have much of an impact It might make a small difference, for instance, but that could be as far as it goes.

Going Deeper

Another approach would be for one to bring their attention into their body, and to connect with how they feel. This could be a time where they will see that they are carrying trapped grief, or they may find that they carry a lot of repressed anger.

Still, while they could find that this is the case, they could also find that there is something else that is having a larger effect on how they experience life. This could be a time where they will come to see that they feel completely worthless.

Toxic Shame

Through feeling as though there is something inherently wrong with them, it is naturally going to be a challenge for them to feel good about themselves. It will be normal for them to then feel hopeless and powerless.

Based on their outlook, they can believe that there is nothing they can do, and as a result of this, it is to be expected that they will be depressed. This is likely to be a sign that they are carrying toxic shame.

Early Years

The reason they are carrying toxic shame can be due to what has taken place in their adult years, as well as what occurred during their childhood. If it's because of what took place when they were younger, it can be a sign that they experienced some kind of abuse and / or neglect.


In order for one to move beyond this, it may be necessary for them to reach out for external support, and this can be provided by a therapist and / or a support group.

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