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Natural Treatment for Depression

Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Thoughts!

treatments for depressionA famous writer once stated: “Life’s problems are like knives, which either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle: Grasp a difficulty or problem by the blade and it cuts; grasp it by the handle and you can use it constructively” Take this quote into consideration and keep it in mind my friend when Coping With Depression.

Granted, we all have problems, some big, some small; all a source of worry, anxiety and maybe even sadness. It is part of being alive. The truth is it is how we handle our difficulties and problems that can make or break us as humans. Difficulties should act as a spur for action, according to Charles de Gaulle: “Difficulties attracts the man of character because it is in embracing it that he realizes himself!”

Unfortunately, most of us tend to mishandle our problems leading to depression, a feeling of sadness and despair characterized by erratic mood swings, loss of interest in our hobbies and passions, difficulty with and lack of sleep, negative and pessimistic thoughts and words…the list goes on.

The spark of hope that needs to be fanned into burning flames of happiness is that the very resource to deal with our problems is inherent within us. Most of us just need to be shown how to unlock our hidden potential for dealing with depression all from within!

According to the greatest Man that ever lived, Jesus Christ: “As a man thinks in his mind so is he.” It will be an understatement to say this quote is correct! This considered, the thoughts you constantly allow to course your mind are what eventually shape your present and eventual future situations. Psychologists, Yogis, Scientologists, Mathematicians, Scientists…every culture known to man, believes that the human mind is the most powerful force on the earth and when it can be controlled, its owner is consequently endowed with power.

One of the verses I remember from my mother’s compulsory daily Bible study in my youth is to “Guard Your Heart for it is the Wellspring of Life!” Thus we must make the conscious effort to watch our thoughts to weed out the negative ones which admittedly could be quite an effort in today’s modern age but still is a necessity when managing depression.

This is an enemy of health and happiness and it can be caused by a lot of factors such as anxiety over problems, death in the family, loss of a job, financial difficulties you name it and granted they are almost inevitable in our complex lives. The point to note is just as depression can be caused or aggravated by these negative factors, they can also be overcome and alleviated with positive ones.

The secret lies in putting our whole mind and soul into it. It has been proven that we as humans rarely use our full mental power-certainly not in our difficulties and challenges- in life. If you put your whole mind to it, it is with astonishment that one realizes the powers we have over our problems. It is not an error that it is said in the Book of Psalms 82: Verse 6: “…For ye are gods…!”

Instead of having to resort to the use of synthetic drugs and substances when managing depression, you need to face the problem one on one and diminish its power over you. Superficial escapism such as alcohol, illicit drug use, binges etc do not heal but merely deaden the inner-pain for a while only for it to return in full force, this in addition to the after effect of the intake of these poisonous substances into your body which leads to even worse health.

With the high percentage of depressed Americans (about 10 % of the population to be exact), it should come as no surprise that some form of depression treatment is being administered to depressed patients on an almost daily basis.

However, what should be more of a concern are the side-effects common to these forms of  medications supposedly made for dealing with depression. Take the popular anti-depressant, Prozac.

In as much as this depression medication may adjust the levels of serotonin in the brain (the chemical linked to happiness), this drug has unpleasant mental and physical side effects. Moreover, any improvement in a depression condition remains only as long as the drug is used.

The other popular depression drug commonly prescribed for treatment is the controversial Zoloft. The most common side effects to this depression medication, according to the Zoloft web site are dry mouth, upset stomach, decreased appetite, fatigue, trouble sleeping, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, tremor, feelings of agitation, indigestion, and increased perspiration. Other less mentioned, yet equally frightening symptoms of this so-called depression-help drug are liver problems, hallucinations, psychosis…you get the gist right?!

Now, when patients finally get informed of the dangers of these forms of synthetic treatment, automatically, they take the steps to try to cease its use. Is this easy? No. Take Zoloft for example; withdrawal symptoms have included dizziness, extreme nausea and high fever. Some other side-effects have been labeled as so painful that patients seeking to end the use of this depression medication have actually committed suicide to end their misery!
From all the factors above, it will be safe to say no drug can truly help with dealing with depression! Friends, brain chemicals can be temporarily adjusted, but not permanently fixed. It will be best to seek natural treatment methods such as getting counseling, Yoga and a change in dietetic habits incorporating short fasts as the latter has been deemed a panacea for nearly all ailments known to man, including depression.

Thankfully, naturopathy (otherwise known as drugless healing) is not limited in its ability to aid in managing depression using its three components: Proper Diet, Proper Exercise and Positive Mental attunements, and should be applied effectively to heal not only the mind, but the body as well.

When Controlling Depression You Should Know Why

To successfully use any form of treatment, it is advised that you know the actual cause of your depression. Since depression is mostly an emotional encumbrance, here are the common factors that may be the cause, depending of course on the type of depression.
1. Stress from daily demands.
2. Loss of a job, friend or relative.
3. Family History of Mental illness or suicide.
4. Abuse (physical, emotional or sexual)
5. Chronic illnesses.
6. Improper diet and lack of sufficient exercise.
7. Excessive exposure to negative factors loud arguments, bad neighborhoods, negative media etc

Recognizing the Symptoms and Types Of Depression
When managing depression, being able to discern the types and symptoms of depression requiring treatment will aid immensely for your success in the use of most natural alternatives to be illustrated on this page.

Symptoms of Depression:

Although they are not listed in any particular order and may vary with the type of depression needing treatment, these are the most common symptoms that most people encounter when depressed.

  • 1. Irritability and mood swings.
  • 2. Hopelessness and extreme pessimism (a negative outlook on life)
  • 3. Loss of energy, extreme fatigue and tiredness.
  • 4. Loss of interest in hobbies, having a good appearance and even associates and loved    ones.
  • 5. Extreme feelings of helplessness and no self worth.
  • 6. Suicidal thoughts (in extreme cases)
  • 7. Insomnia (lack of) or excessive sleep.
  • 8. Inexplicable weight loss or gain thereof, triggered by eating disorders.

Types of Depression:

As mentioned above, since there are several kinds of depression that apply to different genders, age groups and other factors, listed below are the common types.

  • 1. Adult Depression
  • 2. Teenage Depression
  • 3. Childhood Depression
  • 4. Post-Partum Depression
  • 5. Alcohol Depression
  • 6. Pregnancy Depression

It is good to recognize which type may apply to you when seeking an effective depression treatment, however since most symptoms and causes may be quite similar, this will make for an even easier approach when using drug-free healing as an alternative for controlling depression.

You Could Try Using Yoga as an Alternative

Although most methods of physical activity may suffice, one ironclad form of exercise for  depression is Yoga, relying mainly on the powerful Sun Exercises, the Shoulder Stand routine and the Corpse (Relaxation) Pose (all of which are described in full detail in Chapters 2 and 3 of my e-book: “Fitness: Inside and Out: A guide to Improved Health, Vigor and Vitality”).

The Sun Exercise

The sun exercises stimulates and balances all systems of the body including the endocrine and nervous systems that have marked effects on our emotions, furthermore they induce deep breathing, which has been known over the ages to help alleviate many a stressful situation. yoga poses

The Shoulder-Stand

On the other hand, the all-powerful shoulder stand, known to be a-near panacea for most human ailments, turns everything upside down, throwing a new light on old behavioral patterns. Working together with its counter poses, the Bridge Pose and the Fish pose (which are all discussed in detail), it aids greatly  with depression managment and its several symptoms, with the added bonus of detoxifying and strengthening the body and mind to face our problems. yoga poses

The Corpse (Relaxation) Pose

savasanaFurthermore, perhaps the most overlooked pose in Yoga-and in life altogether-is the Relaxation pose also known as the Corpse Pose, where one lays flat in a static position in order to rest and recharge the nervous energy. Our physical, emotional and mental balances rely on the quality and quantity of this particular kind of energy which sadly is often expended unconsciously through fear, worry, sorrow, anxiety, anger and greed, emotions that are highly devitalizing to ones overall health.

This fact has been advocated by a famous physician, Dr. George W. Crile as he stated once: “We are scared, worried, anxious and angry not only in our minds but in our hearts, brains and internal organs. Consequently, the cause and effect of these demons can be noted in the cells, tissues and organs!”

Yoga- namely the three poses mentioned earlier-is a tried and true way of curbing the effects of these ‘demons’ in our lives. Being the oldest form of physical culture known to man, its offspring: Calisthenics, Pilates, Dance and other forms of physical activities can also be highly effective as a treatment mechanism, because, as according to Dr. Henry C. Link: “This will exercise the motor centers of the brain, and the blood will flow away from the emotional activity centers…consequently you become more receptive to positive thoughts”.

All of these considered, it is obvious that physical exercise, such as the ones described in my e-book, is essential for not only physical, but mental and spiritual health and fitness, a much needed state of well being for depressed and needing help.

Do You Know Missing a Few Meals Could Actually Help

In addition, an observance of nature will show us that when animals are frightened or angered, they refrain from eating until after the passage of considerable time. It is true that under stressful circumstances many civilized people refrain from eating and find in truth that they lack the desire for food, but it is also too often that most will eat large meals under these circumstances, which will be mostly disease forming foods to start with, that as a consequence, complicates or altogether halts an already retarded ongoing digestion. This endless cycle leads to even more toxins and poisons in an already encumbered body.

Taking this into consideration, it will be safe to say one powerful thing to do if you are depressed is to refrain from food till the emotional balance returns, which is usually the end result. When the body is not taxed with the duties of digestion, assimilation and re-building, the mind clears and all moroseness disappears. We, as a result, find the answer to our problems.

Now for many, I agree it might be asking for too much to fast during a stressful time based on old habits, but as an alternative, it will be advisable to steer clear of harmful mucus forming foods and partake of body healing ones: Fruits and Vegetables.

A restricted diet of one kind of fruit can be considered a camouflaged fasts but you have to be knowledgeable of its season, how it was grown (organically or conventional) and even when to eat which is all discussed in detail in Section 3 on the Proper Diet in the downloadable text. Though this is prescribed as an alternative to a fast, it is not to be abused.

As either a fast (discussed in complete detail in Chapter 17) or a cleansing diet is undertaken, the toxins inherent within us are cast out and this process is all the more sped up by the exercises mentioned above.

These exercises need not only be limited to the previously mentioned ones (although they are the time-proven best!) but for those who have an interest outside of Yoga, the various Calisthenics I have written on in Chapter 4 of my e-book or any vigorous exercise that interests may be applied for satisfactory results, but emphasis must be laid on the Sun Exercises in Chapter 2 as it is one of the widely accepted natural ways for dealing with depression.

Try Positive Thinking It Helps!!!

Since the symptoms of this human ailment-as subtly destructive as it is-is most evident in the mind, I remind you that in addition to incorporating a cleaner diet (which yields to a cleaner and clearer mind) and productive physical exercises (Again, I cannot overstate the benefits of the Sun Salutations in my e-book: Fitness: Inside and Out- A Guide to Improved Health, Vigor and Vitality) make the conscious effort to change the negative thoughts within by consciously dispelling them and occupying the mind with positive and more powerful ones-Light always overpowers darkness! treatment for depression

I have provided helpful tips in Chapter 21 of my e-book for your use but in advance here are some very helpful ones to use in accomplishing an increase in Positive Power.

  • 1. As the old saying goes “An idle mind is the Devil’s workshop”. Taking this into consideration, as much as possible, try to be engaged in something constructive and productive at all times. Even if there is the desire to do otherwise remember “Weak is he who lets his thoughts control his actions when negative, Strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts to be positive!”
  • 2. Attack depression and tension in your speech. What and how you utter words have an effect on your thoughts, so be careful to make sure the words uttered are pleasant, uplifting and optimistic. “Death and Life is in the power of your words, He who can control them shall eat the fruits of its rewards”.
  • 3. Admittedly, at times you just want to let out some hurt, its part of being human and nature has equipped us with a relief mechanism, though permissible and at times a necessity, it must be used with care…it is to cry. The shortest verse in the Bible is “Jesus wept!” Jesus-who millions (including me) believe to be God! So if need be a good cry by a man or woman could be a release from heartache especially when dealing with the loss of loved ones. Contrary to the foolish point of opinion today, it is not a depiction of weakness.
  • 4. As an alternative, you can apply what according to Thomas Carlyle is “The element in which great things fashion themselves…” that is: Silence. The Yogis of old believe that next to digestion, most of the human energy is expended in talking and thus in times of despair and the need to recharge one’s reservoir of inner strength and peace, observe a few minutes of constructive silence.
  • 5. One of the Greatest Vocalists of the Modern era Nat King Cole sang in his version of Charlie Chaplin’s song that “You will find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile!” This could be the predecessor or the aftermath of a good laugh, a known tonic for the heart. We are the only creatures capable of this so in times of despair, if possible, seek out the company of friends and family that can cheer you up and at all cost avoid those who do the reverse…misery seeks its own!
  • Let’s Not Forget The Bible

    Since depression is more of a mental or emotional disturbance, it will be safe to say that one’s thought process plays a big role in the one’s success at manging depression. This considered, from personal experience and from thousands of others who draw from their religious faiths, it will also be a great idea to single out powerful phrases from religious and self-help books to repeat mentally or verbally as a mechanism for a ‘mental’ depression management.

    Hey, every little bit helps friends.

    Being that I am of a Christian background, I’ve singled out my favorites quotes for depression help but I am of the firm belief that most if not all religious books such as the Quran etc do have verses one can draw from as well.

    Here we go:

    1. Romans 12 verse 2: “Be ye Transformed by the renewing of your thoughts”

    2. Nahum 1 verse 7: “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble and He remembers those that trust in Him”

    3. Isaiah 41 verse 10: “Fear not for I am with you, don’t be dismayed for I am your God, I will help you and make you strong and uphold you with my victorious Right Hand”

    4. Hebrews 13 verse 5: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

    5. Psalm 23 verse 4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

    6. 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation (problem) has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted (tested) beyond what you are able, but with the temptation (problem) will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

    You may choose to repeat them upon awakening or right before going to sleep to enable the thoughts to seek into your subconscious. Moreover, borrowing from my previous section on using Yoga for depression help, why not try affirming some of these words mentally in the wonderful and exhilarating corpse pose illustrated above. Try it out and see the results for yourself my friends.

    In conclusion, Physical Exercise, Proper and Improved Diet and Positive Mental attunements (the three limbs of Natural Healing) can aid you when managing depression.

    So get your copy of Fitness: Inside and Out (by scrolling down below) and be shown up to date and well rounded information on how to use natural drug-free healing methods of the 3 principles above for a success treatment starting today.

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