Everyone has spells of feeling down, but depression is more than just spending a few days feeling sad or unhappy. Depression can make you feel persistently sad and down for weeks or months at a time.
While some people believe that depression is trivial or not a genuine health problem, it’s actually a real condition that affects around one in 10 people over the course of their lives. It impacts people of all genders and ages – including children.
Symptoms of depression can be very different from person to person. However, as a general rule, if you are depressed you feel hopeless, sad and lacking interest in things that used to make you feel happy.
Depression symptoms are bad enough to interfere with work, social life and family life, and can persist for weeks or months.
Doctors describe depression in one of three ways, depending on how serious it is:
A few people with severe depression may have symptoms of psychotic depression.
Below is a list of depression symptoms – it’s unlikely that one person would have all of them.
Psychological depression symptoms include:
Physical symptoms include:
Social symptoms are common too. These include:
It’s not always possible to tell that you’re having symptoms of depression right away – it can start and progress gradually. A lot of people don’t realise they’re ill and try to carry on and cope with their symptoms. Sometimes it takes a friend or family member to notice that there’s a problem.
Different types of depression
There are different types of depression, and there are some conditions where depression is a symptom. These conditions include:
Bipolar disorder – people with bipolar disorder, which is also known as “manic depression”, experience times of depression, where the symptoms are similar to clinical depression. They also go through phases when they have excessively high moods (known as “mania”). Bouts of mania can include harmful behaviour like unsafe sex, spending sprees and gambling.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is also called “winter depression”. It’s depression that is related to weather, usually winter, so it happens seasonally.
Postnatal depression happens to some women after they’ve had a baby.
A diffuser works effectively on depression and brain chemistry.
Healing your gut is key in the treatment of depression; your gut produces 95% of the body’s supply of serotonin and hundreds of neurochemicals that the brain needs to regulate basic processes. Suggestion therefore would be to also drink 1 capsule Gut Cleanse, once a day. Also, drink Collagen 350g 450g 700g and Bone Broth 350g 450g regularly.
Depression and Anxiety Blend; this blend cannot be used internally but should rather be inhaled (see below), topically apply 10-15 drops over the chest and navel, as needed.
Diffuse some or all of the following oils during the day :