Defeating Depression With Natural Remedies

It is natural to feel down once in a while but if these blues do not seem to be leaving and it is starting to affect your general function, then maybe it is depression that you are suffering from. In today's time, depression is one of the most common mental disorders. It is found in both adults and teenagers and a matter of growing concern. It gets harder to work and go about your life when you are constantly weighed down by the feeling of sadness and a lack of interest in everything.

Understanding What Is Not Depression

It should be taken into account that temporary mood fluctuations do not classify as depression. Sadness is a human emotion; it is a response to undesirable events and is not necessarily harmful. It is only when that it persists for a long time and has adverse effects on a person, physically or psychologically that you need to put your foot down and seek help.

Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with depression –

  1. A constant feeling of tiredness
  2. There is a significant fall in your interest towards things that you used to enjoy. There is loss of libido as well
  3. You either have problem falling asleep or you sleep a lot, these conditions are insomnia and hypersomnia respectively
  4. You are not able to concentrate on things and suffer from memory problems like forgetfulness and confusion. Depression is often associated with short-term memory loss
  5. A feeling of restlessness and anxiety
  6. Inability to make decisions
  7. Suicidal thoughts and attempt at suicide

Things and Life Events That Can Cause Depression

There can be many causes of depression and some people have a higher chance of getting depression than other.

  1. Some life events like divorce, the death of a loved one, medical concerns or stress due to studies or work can cause depression in adults and teenagers alike.
  2. Traumatic events in childhood are a very common thing among depressed people.
  3. People who have had a depressive episode earlier in life are at a higher risk of suffering from the same than someone who has not experienced this before.
  4. Drug abuse has a strong link with depression.
  5. Alcohol is a patron of depression as well.

Ayurvedic Viewpoint Regarding Depression

Ayurveda claims that depression is caused due to the imbalance in psychic energies such as sattva, rajas, and tamas along with an imbalance in physical energies like Vata, pitta, and Kapha. Thinking negative thoughts all the time and a lack of mental discipline can cause an imbalance in your energies that causing depression.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Depression

Unlike other branches of medicine, Ayurveda stresses on natural remedies for depression . It persuades people to strengthen the mind, undergoes therapies and has a change in lifestyle to effectively counter depression. Here are some of the things you might try for a better lifestyle.

  1. As the old saying goes, early to bed and early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise. It is seen that going to bed early, waking up early and doing physical exercise has a substantial positive effect on the body.
  2. Meditation is your ally in keeping a healthy mind. The more peaceful your mind feels, the more stable your energies are.
  3. It can not be stressed enough what wonders a good diet can have on defeating depression. Eat a balanced diet of fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Avoid alcohol and smoking. Eat your food in a fixed time.
  4. Read thought provoking books and listen to good music. Your mind will feel refreshed and happy.

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How To Stop Having Traumatic Experiences

Your dreams help you understand that logical thinking depends on morality and philosophy.

Your moral sense helps you understand the importance of sacred values ​​and the meaning of dignity. Your moral sense protects your conscience from the absurdity and the evilness imposed by your satanic anti-conscience and by the commercial world.

Your philosophy of life determines the way you interpret your reality and the way you act.

You must respect the laws of logical thinking, and you must follow a philosophy of life that helps you have a wise attitude in all situations in order to be a mentally healthy human being.

God already discovered the best philosophy of life for every human being. You only have to follow His philosophy in order to think logically and always have the behavior of a saint.

However, your primitive conscience is violent and immoral and it does not let you understand the meaning of goodness. Therefore, what could be very simple is in fact very difficult for you.

You can not simply obey God's guidance without revolt. You need many explanations to be able to agree with God's peaceful philosophy of life.

Your primitive conscience, the terrible anti-conscience is a true demon. The demon makes you prefer to be violent, immoral, indifferent, and cruel.

This means that your evil self prevails your evolution. It does not let you become more intelligent and sensitive.

Your dreams help you understand how to fight your evil self. You learn how to have the behavior of a saint, even though you are basically a demon with a tiny conscience, and your conscience is underdeveloped and one-sided.

You also are basically idiotic, even though you believe that you are intelligent.

God shows you in your dreams how you can fight your satanic anti-conscience and become more intelligent by giving you many explanations about everything that is important for you.

God gives you many lessons until he manages to convince you that you have to become a better person and agree with His philosophy of life, which is based on goodness and wisdom.

When you become a better person, you stop having mental health problems. You become a mentally healthy, calm, wise, and sensitive human being.

God manages to convince you that you should agree with Him after sending you many dreams about the same matters because He shows you how the future will be and what you can do in order to prevent bad opportunities. So, you understand the existence of a relationship between your behavior and what happens to you.

You stop believing that everything happens by chance and you discover the reasons behind the formation of every part of your reality.

This means that you understand that the bad experiences you have in life are in fact the consequences of your mistakes.

You understand that you must stop making mistakes in order to stop having traumatic experiences.

You also understand that nothing has any meaning if you are disgusted with yourself and your behavior and you regret your actions.

This comprehension helps you understand that you must have the behavior of a saint in order to be glad with yourself and your actions.

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Depression – A Disorder Wrongly Stigmatized As a Character Flaw

Even though the issue of mental health has caught some public attention leading to better awareness in recent years, it continues to be a major source of social and health burdens for individuals coping with mental illnesses. Despite the increased prevalence of depression, one of the most common mental disorders in the United States that affects over 15 million adults, there is little understanding about the true nature of this mental disorder.

A number of taboos and stigma attached to depression and other forms of mental disorders instill the negative feeling of self-doubt among patients that significantly reduce the scope of treatment and recovery. Although mental disorders are treatable diseases, the challenges witnessed from the social perspective prevent people from openly sharing their intrinsic fears and views relating to their mental disorders.

Although there is no denying that the individuals who are diagnosed with severe depression are ill, many fail to reckon that the disorder occurs due to the changes in the chemistry of the brain. Instead, depression is commonly misunderstood as a character flaw or a lack of will to recover. Therefore, it is essential to understand that mental disorders are as dangerous as other chronic illnesses that inflict a range of mental and physical repercussions.

Given below are some important insights into depression:

  • More evident in some personalities: Anybody and everyone has the potential to develop depression regardless of his or her gender, ethnicity, age, social status, etc. However, some personalities, perfectionists, introverts and creative people are comparatively more vulnerable to depression. Such people are more hypersensitive and observant than the rest, as well as they engage in constant contemplation and rumination.
  • Depressed individuals do not always have to look depressed: Individuals with depression are good at concealing the symptoms of the disorder. In fact, they are often high-functioning individuals. This could be partly attributed to the stigma surrounding mental illnesses that forces them mask their depressive symptoms and avoid talking openly about them.
  • Compromises internal body clock: Everyone is born with an internal body clock that tells him or her when to wake up, eat, sleep, etc. In individuals with depression, this body clock turns upside down literally. As a result, the brain of the people going through depression may confuse morning with nighttime. Along such confusions, their sleep and hunger hormones get adversely affected and disrupted. In fact, stark changes in appetite and weight loss are often seen with the onset of depression.
  • Changes the structure of the brain: According to a study published by the Yale University, individuals with depression lose some of the connections in brain cells that play a vital role in controlling cognition and emotion. These changes reduce the size of the brain, which was more evident in individuals than severely depressed for a long period.
  • Accelerating aging: Depression is commonly associated with diseases that affect older adults, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. However, depression can also increase the rate of cellular aging, especially in individuals who have been chronically depressed for a long time. These individuals display the shorter length of telomeres (a DNA sequence found in chromosomes) compared to their healthy peers or individuals who have to cope with depression for a short time.
  • Alters the perception of pain: An individual going through depression experiences the severe levels of physical discomfort or pain, such as headaches, backache, stomachache, etc. The heightened perception of pain is owed to the reason that both depression and pain share a common chemical pathway in the brain that is affected by the same neurotransmitters. The prior research on the subject has highlighted that the improvement in physical pain can also significantly improve the symptoms of depression and vice versa.

Road to recovery

Depression is a serious mental disorder that leaves a person withdrawn from family and friends. A person with depression may also encounter suicidal thoughts that adversely affect his or her psychological well-being. If the condition is left untreated, it leads to detrimental effects on the quality of life.

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Homicides Connected With Suicides: A Case Study to Highlight for the Immediate Attention of NGO’s

Number of persons committing suicide is increasing day by day. As modern science and technology has shown tremendous advancement there are some negative aspects also developing concurrently. One such alarming aspect is juvenile suicides for flimsy reasons. Computer games like 'blue whale' are good examples of such concurrent evils Science and Technology have contributed for juvenile suicide.

This article is dealing with the subject of 'homicides associated with suicides' and we are discussing this important issue associated with suicides which, it seems no NGO is paying attention so far.

First let us see some cases of suicides which occurred in the recent past in Chennai and some district headquarters of Tamilnadu wherein some homicides are also simultaneously committed. Number of persons who died did not confine to only one, but the person who committed suicide made some others also die with them.

Case 1: In Chennai, a newly married lady doped herself in kerosene and burnt herself to death. While dying, she tightly embroidered her husband, who also died, Domestic quarrel was the reason.

Case 2: In Salem, a person hung himself and committed suicide in jail, because of infidelity of his wife. He committed suicide on seeing his wife having sex with another man, he first broke the head of his wife and using the same rod killed his three children too. Extreme anger and frustration are the reason for this dastardly crime.

Case 3: The third case is the most horrible one and Taken for discussion. An insolvent person came to the collector's office with his wife with the pretext of giving a petition to the collector. Several people were waiting in front of collector's office for giving their petitions. He asked his wife to wait there and then he bought his three children from school. En route he purchased 5 liters of kerosene (which is available at a cheap rate). On return to the collector's office the children rushed and hugged their mother affectionately without knowing the horror which was following. The upset father scattered entire kerosene on all of them, lighted a match stick and thread on them. Then he burnt himself when a crowd consisting of visitors to the collector's office were helplessly watching. They were silent spectators of this horrible crime.

An eye-witness of the crime wrote that it was a horrible sight to see the children cry, unable to bear the heat “One more person wrote” even during that time of torture, the elder girl tried to save her mother from death. In five minutes, they were reduced to simple ash, but the family head was admitted to the hospital with 60% burn injuries.

The most unfortunate thing was that the bystanders were simply observing the tragedy and some of them were so anxious to capture the incident live and were busy in operating the cell cameras. Some of them were seen telephoning their near and dear to convey that they were watching the horrible incident. Urgent messages were sent to TV crew who promptly rushed to the spot to telecast the tragedy live.

The head of the family who embraced this gruesome tragedy and who was admitted to the hospital was asked “Why did he burn the innocent children to death?” His reply was in fact a dying declaration wherein he declared, “After my death my family members will be orphans. There will not be anyone to take care of them. day-to-day living. My children would be begging in streets, a scene which I dare not imagine and that is why I killed all of them ”

Next day he also died.

The question is how could a civilized society be a silent spectator to the torturous death of his wife and the innocent children. Is it not their duty to eradicate any such misapprehension in the minds of the suicidal victims that there is no danger for children in the civilized society which will take care of orphaned children?

The life is full of challenges. The family head had lost the game. That does not mean that his children will not be able to fight and get success in the society.

This fact has to be impressed upon all the parents that the future is bright for all the children irrespective of the present position of parents.

Here comes the role of social service organizations, NGOs and also Government. Instead of counseling individually, they should give a holistic approach to the problem. Two suggestions are given below for the holistic approach.

The first one is for those who have already exposed having suicidal tendencies and under surveillance.

While counseling individually, at least his family members may be asked to attend counseling sessions at least once a week. By this act the family members, on one hand will be aware of the gloomy life of the family member and on the other, they will be prepared for any eventuality. It requires a lot of diplomacy on the part of the counseling staff to systematically inform the family members to take care of themselves and also to take care of the affected member.

The second aspect is more difficult that one has to give a holistic approach to the problem so that the entire society should be aware of suicidal and related issues. A model can be followed by learning the HIV / AIDS awareness camps. Not only HIV affected people are addressed, but also their dependents and general public are also attending the sessions. In several training schedules, only non HIV persons will participate. The fact is several social workers will be performing HIV / AIDS counseling for years without actually meeting an HIV affected person. Here, vulnerability is more important than those who are actually affected.

Suitable assistance may be taken from International social service organizations like LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL, ROTARY CLUBS etc. Educational Institutions may have a moral class every week to attend self confidence among students. LADIES 'CLUBS may be approached for holding special sessions. Another place where groups can function is Temple promises wherein thousands of pilgrims assemble. Since these lectures of self-confidence, awareness lectures can be given without reservation on the topic (unlike HIV lectures where the concern of audience, nature of concessions etc. are to be taken into consideration).

Like orphaned children in other cases, children of deceased people due to suicides may be given special treatment. The police force have to follow up lives of such children so that nobody would harass them. Enough publicity for these acts may be given in media so that people will live with confidence.It is a long drawn process and it may take decades to bring out the necessary result, but a beginning can be made now.
A person who dies by committing suicide or otherwise may die at least with confidence that their wards will be taken care of by the Government.

This is a need of the hour to stop the untimely death of several innocent lives.

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You Won’t Understand: A Cry for Help From a Depressed Person

OK! So we have all met people who are sad all the times. Their sadness is so deep that they start behaving normal and in reality, they are not. Whenever you approach them and ask they say they are fine and after small conversation they try to escape and when you ask them anything else they say, “You will not understand.” We have all heard this, but what have we done for them? Did you know, it is a cry for help?

There are many of us who can relate to this. Sometimes just to end a conversation we agree to what the other person is saying. Yes we do that because we are never in a mood to argument, or extend the conversation or to have any further conversation. We are tired, we do not want to speak. We have a lot of things going on in our mind and in our mind we are always engaged in a conversation, so when the real people speak to us, we do not want so say what we feel. We do not want to share what is going on in our mind. We do that because we know they will judge us and bring the conversation that we are already having in our mind.

It is OK to be sad for a while, however a prolonged sadness can turn into depression and it is not OK. We all need that one person with what we can speak our mind out without getting judged. Without getting the advice that we already know. We just need someone to just listen. We all need that friend.

I am dealing with depression since long and I think time has come when I need to break the cage and start speaking about it. It can be anything which makes you sad. A breakup, failed marriage, bad relationship, losing someone close, failing in exams, not getting the desired job, financial issues, health problems, some bad memories from the past, yes it can be anything. Things do not get bigger in a night, we all have some baggage from the past that piles up. It stuffs insides the brain and one day, when you are not even thinking about it, it bursts. It makes you weak and because you do not want to share it with the world outside, you cry alone. Then you make it a habit to cry alone and after investing some time in it, the sadness turns into depression and that depression looks clear in your face. You either gain a lot of weight or lose, get those ugly dark circles in your eyes, puffy red eyes or swollen eyes, you turn into an insomniac because those bad memories are now nightmare monsters that never let you sleep. You show it in your work with doing silly mistakes that no one expects from you, you stop talking to your friends and family, the only relationship you have is with your bed and pillow because they know you cry all night. You start feeling sick and it becomes tough for you to leave the bed. You stop cooking or having bath because that way you will have to leave you bed. You are sacred to go outside and meet people, because you do not want them to see you this way. You start panicking over small things, you do not attend the phone calls because you know you do not want to have a real human conversation, you just smell of sadness and cigarettes and you are pretty much comfortable with that. You have not seen yourself in the mirror because that scares you. It is a common story. It is my story.

I know this is ugly, but I also know that I am not alone. There are a lot of people who are going through the same things as me. So, I decided to work on it. I am in touch with a friend of mine who is a psychologist. So, she has decided to write a column on my blog which will be totally helpful for people who are depressed. No one likes the dark days and we are always ashamed of speaking about us. So, if you are looking for help or any of your friends are looking for help, please contact me. I am there to support people like me, of course with the help of my friend. You can ask me anything that makes you feel lighter.

I have started few changes in my lifestyle, and trust me; it is not easy to break the lifestyle I have made since long. I have tried a lot of things, my wrists can tell you the tales of the sadness, and my conversations with anti suicide help lines mostly start and end with me crying and uttering a couple of words for hours. It did not work. I have this permanent rope tied to the ceiling, so whenever I feel like, I can hang myself, I keep a lot of pills for sickness, and I pop them like chocolates whenever I feel like, I know I am terrible and I also know , there are many others like me. So, why not give our own a chance. Why not try living before we die. Once I was in a hospital where a doctor was flushing the pills from my body, because I tried killing myself, he said, “Life comes once, we should love it.” However, it did not work for long, I tried to die a lot of times after that too, but I did not die. So, now when I am tired of these failures, I think I must try to live now.

So, this is my attempt to tell everyone that we are not alone. We must appreciate the fact that we are alive and we still have the chance to change this, to turn this depression to happiness. I know it will not happen in a day. It will take time. Moreover, I am not doing anything anyway, apart from staring the roof for two hours and then the wall for another hour, everyday. So, why not invest some time in myself. SO, after finishing the blog, I am going to have a bath, I am going to shampoo my hair, finally. Have some good tea and then sleep early.

So, if you too are utterly sad over something, or want to kill yourself, please make sure to send me a message on the comment section or email me before you get that fit of sadness where you cry for hours. You have a friend, I am your friend. Trust me, together we can fight depression. You know, you have someone who will understand you, when you say, “You will not understand”.

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Effective and Safe Ayurvedic Cure for Depression

Depression is characterized by anger, mood disorders, frustration, sadness, etc. that affects the normal day-to-day life. Reactive depression is caused by financial debacle, tragedy, love failure, etc. Typically, the symptoms disappear with time. Exhibition of these symptoms long after the tragedy is actually a serious problem. This problem needs to be treated immediately. The natural remedy for depression and anxiety is highly recommended.

However, there are various reasons to depression but the main causes are attributed to the chemical imbalance of the brain. Heredity, sleep disorders, serious diseases, nutritional deficiencies, etc. may also lead to depression.

Ayurvedic Medicine For Anxiety And Panic Attacks

There are many Ayurvedic herbs that are best for treating depression and anxiety. These are beneficial for nerve strength. They work as a brain tonic in Ayurveda that helps in increasing your brain power and fears daily anxiety and stress in life. Some of the medicines are:

  • Brahmi – It means cosmic consciousness. It is a very beneficial herb as it helps in boosting your memory. Brahmi is the most recommended herb especially for children for their proper brain development. Brahmi is used as a treatment for anxiety, tension, and other nervous disorders. It is also useful for curing headaches.
  • Shankhpushpi – This is a well-known herb and nature's answer to nervous weakness. This is the best medicine in Ayurvedic treatment for depression. It is used to increase mental powers and to sharpen intellect.
  • Jatamansi – The root of Jatamansi stabilizes mental conditions and serves as a wonderful brain tonic. It is an excellentorative. Jatamansi helps in curing anxiety, depression, and other mental problems.

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

An attack may occur for no reason to all those who are suffering a panic or anxiety attack. It may be abnormal and irrational. A panic attack or anxiety is described as an exaggerated reaction to a particular situation that often leaves the person feeling incapacitated. It may have an adverse effect on their relationships, life, peace of mind, and happiness.

What are the Symptoms?

Here are a few of the common symptoms that might be seen by someone having a panic or anxiety attack.

  • Increased heartbeat
  • Hyperventilation
  • Changes in temperature
  • Sudden feelings of panic
  • Trouble with breathing
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Choking sensation
  • Being detached or vacant from the surroundings
  • Feeling of losing control or fear of dying
  • Stomach cramps or nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Sweating

Some symptoms of anxiety attacks are:

  • Stress
  • Hot flashes
  • Nervousness
  • Sudden chills,

Natural Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

You can take the different Ayurvedic herbs to cure your depression in the right amount regularly. In addition to taking these natural remedies, make sure to drink lots of water and exercise daily. Exercise is beneficial and important because it detoxifies the lymph, relieves stress, and gets the heart rate up. A natural remedy for anxiety and depression would be more effective if you take healthy diet too. Eat one healthy meal per day. Avoid eating junk

Make healthy substitutions to your diet; stick with your supplement, drink plenty of water, and exercise. It would make you feel better and make positive changes in your life. Insomnia may be an issue that aggravated anxiety and depression symptoms. Thus, it is important to have a minimum of eight hours of sleep. Herbal remedies such as valerian and passionflower are excellent natural relaxation and sleep

The Ayurveda medicines and massages give you beneficial and positive results always. You would slowly get out of your depression. This way, you would be able to live a peaceful and happy life again. Moreover, you would be able to balance your work life and personal life easily and smartly.

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14 Things Not to Say to People With Depression

Are you familiar with the phrase, “People with depression are just feeling sorry for themselves.”?

Not only is the statement untrue, it can be a cruel thing to say!

To make a blank statement about anyone with any kind of condition is never a good idea! Statements like that are usually born out of misunderstanding and / or misinformation. It's really unfortunate, because if someone is depressed and the people around them put them down for their condition, the put-downs may actually worsen their experience.

In my own experience of being depressed, beginning in childhood and continuing 38 years into adulthood, when family or friends put me down, or made fun of my condition, it felt hurtful and unkind. I felt as though the people who said things like that did not really care about me as a loved one (family or friend). Over time, the continued hurtful comments created distance in my relationships with them and I ever withdrew from relating with them at all. It was my way to protect and shield myself, simply by eliminating being subjected to their jurisdiction and ridicule.

Depression is a Real Condition

While doctors and therapists may not know the exact originating source (s) of depression, there are two general causes for the experience of depression, physical or non-physical (emotional and / or mental). In any case, someone with depression will need to DO and CHANGE something about their situation in order to improve and / or lift the depression. And lifting depression usually takes a little time, so for the people in their lives, learning how to cope with their loved ones' depression can be extremely helpful while on the path of creating a life filled with happiness.

Listening is Key

The good news is that there are many ways to refer to someone with depression without becoming overwhelmed by their sadness, meaning you do not have to become depressed too in order to refer to them. What someone with depression really needs is kind, loving, non-judgmental support from people they trust. Sometimes, just listening to them without giving any feedback Except encouragement and kindness is all you need to do.

However, if someone with depression opens up and starts to talk to you about their problems, but you're not comfortable with the details they are sharing, then you can sweetly and gently offer to help them find a therapist or trained professional who knows how to help them better than you do – let them know you're uncomfortable – kindly and gently, not with any harsh comments or ridicule to push them away. Let them know you want the best for them and you'll assist them to get whatever they need and to not be afraid to seek out the right help.

What Can You Do?

To support someone in your life with depression, you can start by developing a kind and objective perspective about their situation. Remind yourself that someone with depression is really a very strong individual to have lived through whatever has bought them to become depressed, and because of that (even though they may not understand), they already have all the tools that need within themselves to resolve the depression. They do not need someone to 'fix' them, they just need to CHANGE their health and / or their way of thinking that has caused the depression.

Healing In the Presence of Love

What someone with depression usually wants from others is to feel connected to loving people who will not hurt them like they've been hurt in their past (do not we all?). And most of all, they want to stop hurting, but do not know how – that's why they are stuck in their depression. They do not know what they do not know!

By learning how to relate to someone with depression, your relationship with them can remain in tact without pushing each other away and even assist them with their recovery.

The following lists are things not to say to people with depression and supportive statements that can be encouraging to someone with depression.

14 Things Not to Say to People With Depression

(Yes, people I loved actually said these things to me!)

• You're just feeling sorry for yourself.

• It's just a phase you're going through.

• Your depression will go away on its own.

• Stay away from me, depression is contagious.

• You're crazy.

• You'll never be happy.

• You're a loser.

• What's your problem !?

• You've got problems.

• You do not have any friends, no one wants to be around you.

• If you're depressed, you're weak.

• Only women get depressed.

• There's something wrong with you.

• You're worthless, lazy, and a drag to be with.

You get the idea … if it stings, do not think it, and do not say it!

Supportive and Encouraging Statements for Someone with Depression

• I'm here if you need someone to talk to and I'll just listen.

• I can not fix your situation or your past, but I'm here to listen if you need to talk.

• How can I support you? (be prepared to clarify what supporting them looks like to you, or offer to refer them & help them find the right person who can)

• I'm not comfortable with listening to the details about your situation, but maybe you'd like to consider finding a professional to talk to, I'd be happy to help you find someone you can trust.

• No matter what happened to you in your past, the person I know, who you are now, is an amazing and wonderful person. I'm so glad to know you & have you in my life.

• You are amazingly strong & courageous for what you went through. I encourage you to learn how to put your past in its place & move forward with the amazing life I know you can create – because you're so wonderful, I just know you can do whatever you set your heart to do.

• Remind them they are the only person who can change their lives and when they are ready, you are willing to support them the best you can.

• Keep making lifestyle choices that strengthen you, not weaker you. You deserve it!

• Depression can be temporary if you want it to – just keep going towards a path of Love!

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So What’s Up With The Third Eye?

I get this question a lot! Almost very day actually! I wear my third eye sunglasses as often as I can for a real purpose. First of all, it's fun and fun is so very important. I'm able to exchange smiles with a lot of people through my day – to connect with them. With all the suffering I've been through it brings me great joy to be able to bring a smile to someone's face – a stranger, someone I will probably never have a chance to meet. Many people get it and they strike up a conversation with me about their experiences.

Many people do not understand and I'm so glad they feel comfortable enough to come up and ask me, “So, What's Up With the Third Eye?” The conversation begins and I'm able to plant some seeds and share a little bit about my story overcoming depression, anxiety, and twelve years on a cocktail of pharmaceuticals. And they begin to share their story, or their child's story, or their mother's story. The dialogue begins about depression. Something that unfortunately has become a taboo topic. It was my life, my world for nearly twenty years, and now it is my passion to teach people about our mind, body, spirit connection and our bodies' beautiful abilities to heal naturally.

Depression and Anxiety are not illnesses in and of themselves, but rather are side effects of the body's holistic imbalance. The imbalance can be caused by literal thousands of different reasons and healing coming with healing the causes, not treating the symptom of depression with a pill. Do not get me wrong – I support people's decisions to take pharmaceuticals when they need them. I certainly did. I was not in a position to heal myself at that time. I had two very sick children, mom responsibilities, and other life issues to deal with.

So back to the third eye … how does this relate to depression and anxiety? And is there such a thing? The third eye is our pineal gland and it is located in the center of our forehead a about halfway back inside the skull between the two hemispheres. It is responsible for melotonin and serotonin production. It is a gland that actually contains the same vitreous fluid as our other two eyes. “What? Why is this the first time I've heard about this?”, You might be asking. I get it! I really did not learn about this until I was in my early 40s. How could I not know about one of my body parts? Why was not I taught about this when I was learning about my little piggies and my head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes? I really felt a little jipped to learn about it so late in life. When I learned more about how keeping this gland healthy cave me so much power and connection to happiness, joy, and my life's purpose I knew I needed to learn more and teach my brothers and sisters about it.

Other cultures celebrate the pineal gland and they understand the power in it. The Buddhists and Hindus – they get it. They use it. They feed it. They honor it. Why is it such a big secret over here in the west? Or is it? Then I started noticing things – the symbol has been used everywhere – since the founding of our country, mostly in positive ways depicting the all knowing eye of God and the individual's ability to connect individually to that. I noticed the dollar bill and I searched the internet to find out who else knows about this beautiful organ we have when I've been in the dark about it for so long. It's been used by organizations such as the Illuminati, the French government, the US Government, the Free Masons, 911 memorials, Madonna's super bowl show, a New Year's Eve celebration in Sydney on the Harbor bridge, etc. etc.

Is the eye symbol good or evil? How does that relate to me? The pineal gland is a beautiful aspect of our physical anatomy that connects us to the beautiful aspect of our energetic or spiritual anatomy and spirituality as a whole. When we are born our third eye is healthy and activated, just like most of our body parts. I was not taught (like probably most of my readers) how to keep it healthy with good nutrition and exercise (third eye exercise, not jogging – LOL), so mine shriveled up and I did not even know it was there.

There are many ways to build up your strength in your pineal gland, your third eye and I have written about that in other articles on my website. I hope you will follow me on my Facebook page to learn about building up your health – mind, body and spirit!

Love you all! <3
In light and love,
Rhonda

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Drug-Free Depression Treatment – What You Need to Know

Depression is a serious illness that a great number of people around the world face. It's unfortunate that a lot of people with depression are unaware of their condition. Here it is important to keep a check on the symptoms of depression. While it is normal for a person to feel sad over the course of their life, it is important to keep an eye on the sadness that is intense and does not seem to go away for a long time. The severity of depression varies from person to person. In cases in which the severity of depression is intense, it is better to consult a doctor.

There are many treatments for depression. Medication is not recommended without necessary. Even after taking drugs or antidepressants, many people still suffer from major depression. So, if not medication, what can a person do to reduce the symptoms and treat depression? Experts have come up with many drug-free depression treatments. Some of these are:

1) Exercise
A lot of people believe that depression occurs due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. By exercising you become physically active and thus increase the amount of blood flow to the brain. This, in turn, helps to treat depression and makes you feel better. Exercising is since a drug-free way to treat depression if it mild or moderate.

2) Sleep Well
If you have a habit of not sleeping enough you are sure to face mental health problems such as depression. To reduce the symptoms of your depression such as fatigue, it is extremely important that you take sufficient rest. Getting a good night's sleep can enable you to handle the daily stresses in a better way.

3) Communicate
Another way of handling depression is by talking about it. Keeping your thoughts trapped inside lead to a lot of toxicity and negativity. You will see that by talking to people who care about you or are suffering from the same issues you can make yourself feel better. You can make a circle of a few people who you trust and can regularly communicate your problems to them.

4) Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an FDA approved treatment method that is used to relieve the symptoms of depression. This treatment is carried out by using a magnetic field and magnetic pulses to “awaken” or stimulate specific regions in the brain that are responsible for a person's mood management. TMS is a fairly safe procedure which is performed without using anesthesia. That means you are fully conscious when the doctor carries out this procedure.

There are no serious side effects that are associated with the use of TMS for depression. A person may experience mild headaches after the procedure is performed. The procedure takes around 40 minutes and can be performed more than once a week depending on your need. There are a lot of success stories that have been linked to this particular method.

So, if you are suffering from depression or know anyone suffering, make sure you incorporate all these drug-free methods to find relief and feel better.

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What Are The Types of Depression Treatment?

In case the person is afraid to consult the doctor then the problem can get severe with the time and the result will be therapies. So, it is necessary to treat the problem on time to ovoid future problem s which will lead you to the therapies and medication to treat your problem. There are various types of treatments that can help you to overcome the problem of depression and live your life in normal and enjoyable way. If in case, the problem is severe then you need to take the treatment as soon as possible because more severe depression sometimes can make the problem severe which can not be handled by the doctor. Here in this article, we have explained a few types of depression treatment.

Conversation therapy – This treatment is also known as talking therapy and is used to treat mild to severe type of depression. The treatment is very effective as it helps the person to get rid of depression and problems of life that contribute to their illness to regain the sense of control in the mind. The treatment is for all the people belonging to different age group.

Electric current treatment – In this treatment, an electric current is used to attack in the brain of the patient by releasing the chemicals inside the brain which make communication between the nerves. This treatment is only used if the person is suffering from severe problem.

Medication – You can not only only on the medicines although they can provide relieve to you, but they are not suitable for long time. The treatments like exercise and therapy are also very effective provided by rehab gambling addiction and are often used by the doctors as they do not give any kind of unwanted side effects. If in case, you are taking medicines then keep in mind that it can work well only for mild to moderate problem of depression. The medicines are used to treat the problem related to depression and the doctor can suggest your various medications based on the problem and symptoms.

Social care – The problem can be treated by making more social connections as the doctor's state that the more social connection you have the less pron you are to depression. So, you can talk to your friends and family members about your problem.

In case you are suffering from depression or drug addiction problem then you can consult rehab gambling addiction that can help you to get rid of drug addiction or depression problem.

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What Do Prokofiev and Shawn Achor Have in Common?

What do Prokofiev and Shawn Achor have in common? Upon first notice, one might think nothing. but when you listen to the music of Prokofiev you feel the joy and warmth. According to Michael Langham, Harpist with the Oakland Civic Orchestra, Prokofiev “conceived Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major, Op. 100 as a hymn to optimism and positive thinking; happy to be a human being and close to our roots and close to nature The joy of life bursts forth … ”

Shawn Achor also has focused his life work on optimism and positive thinking, teaching that we can become the masters of our own emotional destiny. Achor teachers that if we simply think about three things to be grateful for on a daily basis, we can re-program our brains to be happier, within a few weeks.

Recently I had the good fortune of finding myself at a community performance of the aforementioned Oakland (CA) Civic Orchestra. As soon as the Prokofiev piece began, I closed my eyes and began to feel the joy permeating my being from the music.

Listening to music, as well as playing music, can be immensely therapeutic. The brain releases the happy chemical, dopamine so that one can actually feel the sound waves in their body. The sound waves actually travel to your body and you “feel” the music, viscerally. Dopamine is flooded into your body from the brain.

How does this work? According to a June 9, 2013 article in the New York Times , when pleasurable music is heard, dopamine is released in the striatum – an ancient part of the brain found in other vertebrates as well – which is known to respond to naturally rewarding stimuli like food and sex and which is specifically targeted by drugs like cocaine and amphetamine.

When you experience an emotion while listening to music, ancient reward circuits are flooding your brain to make you feel good.

What better way to overcome the negative feelings of stress than to listen to some endearing music, especially that of Prokofiev or some of the other great masters, such as Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Chopin, or Beethoven. I would say my favorite Prokofiev piece is Romeo & Juliet , the ballet which, I attended many times in my life as a young, hopeful ballerina and later, as a pure lover of ballet and the music it brings to the theater. Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake , is another favorite, of course.

So the next time you find yourself overly stressed, find some chamber music, perhaps on iTunes or YouTube and sit back, relax, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and let the dopamine flow. What a high, and a natural one at that!

As the sounds emanate from all the various orchestra sections: string, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, the vibrations reach out and touch your heart and your soul. You can not help but feel better after just 10 or 20 minutes, not to mention a full hour.

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Responsiveness to Positive Experiences Decreases Vulnerability to Depressive Symptoms of Poor Sleep

Like good nutrition and physical activities, a healthy quota of sleep is an essential component of good health and overall well-being. In recent times, sleep trouble has escalated in America, with as many as a third of the adult population receiving less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep.

The loss, deprivation and disturbance of sleep are not only associated with attention, behavior and learning problems, but also with risks like accidents, injuries, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and depression. The sleepless nights spent in tossing and turning in the bed can spell doom for the people.

While a plethora of factors like electronic media use, caffeine consumption, excess sleeping, etc., may indicate a maladaptive sleep hygiene practice, poor sleep can also be indicative of depression.

Typically, people suffer from sleep disorders due to poor sleep hygiene, which refers to a set of behavioral practices and environmental factors essential for qualitative sleep. In the absence of effective interventions on time, they tend to worsen and could result in mental disorders like depression. As a result, depression has emerged as a prevalent mental disorder that afflicted more than 16.2 million adults in 2016. When the neuroscientists from Duke University tried to understand the link between sleep disorders and depression, they found the following:

  • Not everyone with sleep trouble develops depression.
  • An individual who brain was more attuned to rewards may be at a more advantageous position to stave off the negative mental effects of poor sleep.

Ventral striatum acts as buffer against depressive symptoms

In the study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers found that college students with poor quality sleep were illegally to develop the symptoms of depression if they exhibited a higher activity in the reward-sensitive part of the brain.

To determine the reasons behind the prevalence of depression in some compared to others, researchers looked closely at the brain region ventral striatum (VS) responsible for regulating motivation and goal directed behavior. They found that the VS assists in reinforcing behaviors that are rewarded and reducing those behaviors that are not rewarded. Prior research has shown that the electrical stimulation of the VS reduces the symptoms of depression in patients, especially those who are resistant to other forms of treatment

To carry out the study, the researchers enrolled 1,129 college students who completed a series of questions, such as the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and the Mood and Anxiety Symptoms Questionnaire, to evaluate sleep quality and depressive symptoms. In addition, they underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans while engaging in tasks that activate the VS.

During the above task, the participants were displayed the back of a computer-generated card and instructed to guess whether the value of the card was greater than or less than five. The participants were then given feedback on the accuracy of their guess. However, the entire task was predetermined, with the participants being either right or wrong 80 percent of the time. Upon assessment, researchers found the following results:

  • Individuals who were less susceptible to the effects of poor sleep show significantly higher VS activity in response to positive feedback and reward compared to those who received negative feedback.
  • The high reward-related VS activity may act as a buffer against the depressive symptoms associated with poor sleep.

According to Ahmad Hariri, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, “It is almost like this reward system gives you a deficit reserve.” He further added, “Poor sleep is not good, but you may have other experiences during your life that are positive. The study findings suggest that the reward-related brain function has the scope to be used as a biomarker for the risk of depression among individuals exposed to negative experiences.

Willingness is key to recovery

A person suffering from depression can not simply “snap out of it.” It increases the risk of developing physical illnesses and other chronic diseases. Depression can also lead to suicide, especially when left untreated.

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I Felt Depressed

In the beginning of 2012 and through 2013, I would often feel flat, and at times, it was a challenge for me to get out of bed in the morning. While this was going on, there was another part of me found it hard to accept how I felt.

I believed that I could not allow myself to experience life in this way, and there were a number of reasons for this. Firstly, I had articles to write and books to read; I could not take my foot of the gas, so to speak.

A Role

Secondly, I was seen as someone who was generally upbeat and sociable, so I could not allow what was taking place within me to define my life. In a way, it was as if I had this weight on me and I had to do what I could to push myself forward.

What played a part here was that I was not allowed to sit around as a child; I had to help my family with the guest house. Thus, through being kept in line for so many years, I had an inner voice that kept me in line as an adult.

Like A Dog with a Bone

As a result of this, I was able to write and to do other things even if I was not really in the mood for it. One way of looking at it would be to say that at one point in time I was being kept in line by a tyrant and, at another, the tyrant was within me.

The trouble was that while this did allow me to take action, it also meant that I did not always talk to myself in a kind manner. I showed compassion to others, but rarely did I show it to myself.

Confused

In addition to pushing myself to take action, I also looked into why I felt the way that I did. And as I felt so low, I would often experience resistance when it came to doing anything that would elevate my mood.

The reason for this was that if I felt better, it would only be a matter of time before I would fall right down; it was similar to being on a high building and then falling into a deep hole. It was far less painful to feel low, than it was to rise up and then fall back down again.

A Break Through

At the same time, there were also moments when it would not matter what I did as I would still feel the same. I came to see that I was carrying a lot of anger within me, and when I expressed this I would often feel a lot better.

This was then the difference between feeling flat and not wanting to do anything, and feeling a rush of energy and wanting to embrace life. The problem was that I did not feel as though it was safe for me to get angry, so it was a real challenge for me to embrace my anger.

There was more to it

It was also around this time that I had a lot of fear come up, and I later found out that this was due to the trauma that I experienced while I was growing up. There were big traumas during this time and there were so-called little traumas.

When it relates to the former, there was the neglect and physical abuse that I walked through and, when it came to the latter, there was the verbal abuse and the fact that I grew up in an environment that was extremely unstable.

One Goal

This was a time when I did not really understand why I was experiencing so much fear and emotional upheaval. Yet, what I did not know was that I had to find a way to deal with what I was going through.

What I was going through would be classed as Post-traumatic stress disorder; there is no doubt about it. I had not been on a battle field, but I had grown up in an environment that had a lot in common with one.

Other Factors

Along with the anger that I was carrying, I also felt extremely hopeless and I was carrying a lot of grief. And all the time that I felt this way, it was not going to be possible for me to rise up once again.

Ultimately, I was in a hole, and I needed to find a way to dig myself out of it. I ended up doing a lot of exercise around this time, but that did not have much of an effect; it just lifted me up for a short while and then I would soon return to how I felt before.

A Gradual Process

I also had people around me who I could talk to, but there was only so much that these people could do. The first step was to work with a therapist who did SHEN therapy, and this was a time when I started to feel better.

Another part of this was for me to cry out grief that was within me, and this included other feelings; This was something that I consciously did every day for about a year. And after focusing on my emotional body, I became aware that I needed to find a way to deal with the trauma within me.

A Number of Things

The first thing I tried for healing trauma was something called somatic experiencing, which got the ball rolling, so to speak. Shortly after this, I ended up coming into contact with a healer / therapist called Ben Ralston.

There is not a name to what he does, but it is highly effective at healing trauma. A little while after this, I found out about something called Total Release Experience (TRE), and this is another effective technique for healing trauma.

Patience and Persistence

Through this time I had to be patient and persistent; it was not going to happen overnight and this mean that I had to keep going. When I used to speak to a friend called Sheila about my journey, she would say that I had a strong survival instinct, and I am extremely grateful for the support that she showed me.

And I would say that regardless of where someone is on their own journey, they need to keep going. The answers may not always arrive when we want them to, but I believe that they will arrive as long as we do not completely give up.

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Depression in Teenagers

Teenage depression is a very real issue. According to a report by WHO, teenage depression affects one out of four adolescents in India, making it the highest ranked in suicide rates allongst all South-East Asian countries. Until recently, it was thought that depression does not affect kids and teenagers, but nothing can be far from the truth; depression is one of the leading causes of deaths in adolescents, caused by untreated depression.

Teenage depression can be a difficult condition to recognize as it may display signs similar to normal teenage moodiness. Here, it can be bothersome to tell a teenager suffering from depression from a teenager who could just be experiencing moodiness. Indeed, most teens feel unhappy and moody at times. Teen years itself is a turbulent time for kids. With all the hormone changes they go through and many other changes happening in their lives, it's easy to see why they have such acute mood swings. Depression is a very different matter; it is not just simple moodiness. It is a serious mental health condition that can even lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. It is a serious problem that affects every aspect of a teenager's life. Untreated depression can lead to substance abuse (illicit drugs), academic failure, eating disorders, and even suicide.

But why do teenagers get depression? There are a multitude of reasons of why a teenager can develop depression. For example, it is easy for teenagers to develop feelings of worthlessness over their grades, academic performance, social status among people, or an unstable family life can each affect how a teen behaves. Teenagers, unlike adults, do not have the ability to seek help on their own. They rely on their parents, teachers, or elders to help recognize their suffering and provide them with the help they need.

How do you spot the warning signs? Some of the predominant signs and symptoms in a teenager suffering from depression include:

· Feelings of sadness or helplessness.

· Low self esteem.

· Difficulty concentrating and making decisions.

· Lack of appetite or overeating resulting in weight loss or gain gain.

· Easy irritability and anger.

· Loss of interest in activities that once used to enjoy.

· Social withdrawal, keeping away from friends and family.

· Poor energy and always feeling fatigued.

· Harsh self-criticism.

· Thoughts of self-harm and suicide.

The signs are not always obvious, but these are the ones to be looked out for as a warning signal. It is important to know what teen depression looks like and what to do if you spot the signs. Your constant support could go a long way towards helping them get back on their feet.

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11 Signs That You Are Falling Into Depression

Depression (depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think and handle daily activities. Most people feel anxious or depressed at times due to situations in their lives. However, persistent state of depression can lead to severity. According to research, an estimated 19 million American adults are living with major depression. However, you do not have to use drugs to overcome depression.

Feeling several of the following for at least 2 weeks may indicate depression:

1. Loss of interest in daily activities.

You no longer care much about social activities, your hobbies and pretty much everything that your life was about. Nothing brings pleasure or joy to you.

2. Feeling of helplessness and hopelessness.

Feeling like nothing will give. Nothing will ever get better and all hope is lost. The dire situation looks like it's there to stay and there is nothing you can do to improve the situation.

3. Self-loathing.

You persistently criticize yourself for perceived faults and former mistakes. You place no value over yourself and feel you are solely to blame for the situation you are in.

4. Loss of energy.

Performing even the smallest tasks proves to be exhausting. Feeling fatigued and physically drained most of the time may indicate depression. Daily activities you engage in now takes longer to complete due to exhaustion.

5. A problem in concentrating.

Focusing and engaging to your environment begins to become a problem. This absolutely leads to trouble making decisions and remembering things. Inability to concentrate can lead to withdrawal in a depressed person.

6. Changes in sleep.

This involves a drastic change in your sleep pattern Insomnia or oversleeping. You either having problems sleeping or oversleeping altogether. Changes in your sleep pattern; feeling sleepy when you normally wake in that particular time. These symptoms lead to fatigue that can exacerbate additional symptoms of depression.

7. Anxiety.

Anxiety is a feeling of impending doom, even when there is not a justifiable reason. Depression causes anxiety; being tense for no apparent reason or identifiable threat.

8. Irritability.

Getting easily frustrated or angered, even over small or insignificant issues. Irritability varies from individual to individual. There is also a distinction in how men and women display irritability with some getting aggressive or volatile especially in men. Women, on the other hand, feel angry at one moment and tearful in the next.

9. Withdrawal.

Many people shut themselves out of the world. Some lock themselves up in their bedrooms or houses and cut physical contact with family and friends. They may live in isolation for a reasonable amount of time dragging on into weeks.

10. Thoughts of suicide.

Contemplating taking your life is a serious sign that your depression has escalated. This should be addressed immediately. Seek medical attention to have a doctor get you mental health care. Family members and friends should take immediate action if a loved one shows signs of hurting themselves. They can do this by; calling 911, staying with the person until help arrives, removing anything harmful from the person's way. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

11. Physical pain

Increased complaints from physical symptoms such as back pain digestive problems, headaches occur. This is so even in youngger children. The good news is that you can always get better no matter how dire the situation may feel. Learning about depression and the various ways to go about overcoming it is the first step to getting through. Understanding depression and having the will to overcome it is a sure win.

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