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Fixing Nutritional Deficiencies Worsening Your Depression

Human body empty of nutrients
It is no secret that a large number of ailments can be prevented and even treated with proper diet and nutrition. While it is true that certain vitamins can play a role in some cases, it is important to highlight that the lack of a vitamin in particular is not the definite cause of depression, as some myths might suggest. Depression is a psychological occurrence linked with brain functioning and because of the complexity of the disease, depression symptoms and treatment options can vary greatly from patient to patient. Physical symptoms of depression are often ignored or underestimated. These symptoms can include sleep problems, chest pains, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and headaches, among others.

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Self-Injury – Why Do We Cut? How Do We Stop It?

self injury awareness daySelf-injury or self-harm is, to put it simply, a coping mechanism. It’s a way of expressing all those emotions bottled up inside you that you just can’t put into words. Self-injury might help mask those emotions and make you feel better for a little while, but the emotional pain always comes back.

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Understanding the Stress-Depression Connection

stress and depressionYou’ve heard people boast that they work better under pressure, and while you may think these people are just procrastinators there is some truth to it. Stress can keep you alert and motivated and is your body’s response to danger. When your body feels threatened, your nervous system releases adrenaline and cortisol – the stress hormones – these cause your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure to rise. Stress prepares your body to flee or fight and can improve performance and help you rise up to challenges; however, running on danger-mode for prolonged periods of time can have negative effects on your health.

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Three Things I Would Like Others to Know About Depression

When it comes to depression, it is easier to ignore ones symptoms than to openly discuss it. Friends, family, and co-workers may think it’s just a phase, that you’re exaggerating, that a night out will help, or that all you need is to sleep it off. Oh how hurtful those phrases can feel and how wrong they can be!

Depression is a disease. It’s not something you choose to suffer from. It’s not something you can control. What many people fail to understand is that depression is a medical condition, just like diabetes or heart disease, resulting from an imbalance in brain chemistry due to both environmental and biological factors. Genetic origins of depression are still being studied.

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Is Depression Inherited?

inherited depressionDepression is a complex disease with treatment options that help one group of patients but are ineffective for another. There are many reasons why your depression may not have the same clinical factors as someone else’s, and one of the most discussed factors is genetics. There are numerous cases where a patient suffering from depression has had a parent and/or close relative who had also suffered from the disease and for many years this was considered an unfortunate coincidence.

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Depression Can Drive Up Cancer, Injury Risk

cancer therapy and depressionDepression already causes a variety of unwelcomed symptoms such as fatigue and insomnia, which largely interrupt daily activities. Without proper treatment, this illness can ruin careers, families and relationships. Patients suffering from depression endure a large number of obstacles – physical, emotional and even economical – and recent articles are now showing that it can also put you at a higher risk for other health problems you would otherwise not experience.

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11 Physical Symptoms of Depression

man with chest pain

Chest pain and heart problems can be signs of depression

Depression symptoms vary from the very minimal to the life altering; they go from mental symptoms that can go unnoticed to physical symptoms that can be misdiagnosed. It is important to understand all the triggering factors that may affect a person suffering from depression. The following list presented by WebMD mentions the top 11 physical symptoms that go hand in hand with depression.

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Anti-depressants may be doing more harm than good: says research

Millions of people are prescribed anti-depressants ever year to treat everything from mild depression to full blown major depression episodes. For the majority of patients, the combination of drugs and therapy is able to provide some relief and people are able to manage their depression. Antidepressants; however, have also been said to be a quick and temporary fix to mask depression symptoms, with many patients experiencing a temporary boost in serotonin levels while on the medication. Serotonin is a naturally produced chemical that regulates mood. It is also involved in reproduction, digestion, and clotting of blood around a wound.

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Fighting Depression with the Right Foods

foods for depressionWe often underestimate the rich amount of vitamins and minerals found in the food we consume. Our ancestors treated all kinds of diseases by including the right ingredients in their diets; anything from stomach problems to cancer. Mankind has now been able to utilize science to create and modify these ingredients and create medicine that can better target a disease and fight it more efficiently.  But as with anything else, medicine is also going back to basics and doctors all over the world are suggesting you add more food-based vitamins and minerals and that these – along with your prescribed medicine – can boost up your defenses.

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Winter blues? You’re suffering from SAD

winter blues SADYou’ve heard it before, winter makes people sad. It may have something to do with waking up to a dark sky, the lack of sunlight and overall gloom and misery taking over our short daylight hours before going home to be confined to the indoors and going to bed exhausted ready to start the same routine day in and day out. While many people would just “suck it up” and live miserably until spring comes, studies have shown that those symptoms are usually the same as with depression and should be treated accordingly.

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