Depression – causes, side effects and treatments at NaturalPedia.com

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 by

Depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a common, but serious mood disorder. It affects how you feel, think, and handle everyday tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or working. The condition may occur under different circumstances, such as persistent depressive disorder or dysthmyia, postpartum depression, psychotic depression, seasonal affective disorder, and bipolar disorder.

Depression may develop due to genetics, changes in brain chemistry, personality, environment, such as stressful life events, medical conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and medications, which include heart drugs like beta-blockers and calcium-channel blockers; cholesterol-lowering statins; female hormones; anticonvulsants; opioids; and corticosteroids.

Known side effects of depression

The psychological symptoms of depression include continuous low mood or sadness; feeling hopeless and helpless; having low self-esteem; feeling tearful; feeling guilt-ridden; feeling irritable and intolerant of others; having no motivation or interest in things; having a hard time making decisions; do not enjoy life; feeling anxious or worried; and having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming oneself. The physical symptoms of depression include moving or speaking slower than normal; increased or decreased appetite or weight; constipation; unexplained aches and pains; lack of energy; low sex drive; menstrual cycle changes; and difficulty falling asleep at night or waking up too early in the morning. Depression also affect one’s social life, such as not doing well at work or school; avoiding contact with friends and rarely going to social activities; setting aside hobbies and interests; and having a hard time at home and in family life.

Body systems harmed by depression

The main body system that is harmed by depression is the nervous system.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent depression

According to an entry published on the website EverydayHealth.com, the foods that fight depression include turkey, walnuts, fatty fish, such as mackerel, bluefish, wild salmon, and tuna, low-fat dairy, such as skim milk, yogurt, low-fat cheeses, and other products rich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein, whole grains, green tea, turmeric, and dark chocolate.

Treatments, management plans for depression

Treatment and management plans for depression include medications and psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy.

Where to learn more

Summary

Depression affects the way a person feels, thinks, and handles daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or working.

Depression causes psychological, social, and physical problems.

Depression can be prevented with foods such as turkey, walnuts, fatty fish, such as mackerel, bluefish, wild salmon, and tuna, low-fat dairy, such as skim milk, yogurt, low-fat cheeses, and other products rich in calcium, vitamin D, and protein, whole grains, green tea, turmeric, and dark chocolate.

Depression can be treated through medications and psychotherapy.

Sources include:

NIMH.NIH.gov

Health.com

NHS.uk

EverydayHealth.com

EMedicine.Medscape.com



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