Depression – Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

Depression is a serious illness that has been around probably since man began walking the earth. There are symptoms that could indicate you are depressed. There are causes or triggers that cause depressed feelings. There are also a variety of treatment options available. You can discuss your symptoms with your doctor and together determine the proper course of treatment for you specific needs.

Symptoms of Depression

A person who is suffering with Depression has a deep sadness that they can’t explain and just won’t quit. Sleep and appetite changes, too little or too much of either may occur. Irritability and mood swings are also symptoms. They may feel like they are moving in a similar way to slow motion replays. Loss of interest in activities, friends, and family may be exhibited. The sex drive may decrease. In some severe cases one might neglect hygiene and even eating.

Causes/triggers of Depression

Loss is a huge trigger for many. It could be loss of loved ones either in divorce or death. Loss of a job, loss of a promotion at work, and financial losses can all trigger or cause symptoms of Depression to erupt. Moving or having a friend move away can also trigger depressive episodes. Traumatic events such as serious injury, chronic illness, war, and currently terrorist’s attacks all can and have triggered Depression in many people.

Treatment Options

Medications such as anti-depressants are commonly prescribed for many cases of Depression. These medications fall into four classes; each of them are very effective and they each work on the chemicals in the brain in their own way. The problem with them however, is that they have some side effects that could put a patient at serious risk.

Medical procedures such as ECT- Electroconvulsive Therapy which is done by delivering electric shocks to the patient through electrodes on the head resulting in a seizure. The patient receives anesthesia and a muscle relaxer prior to the procedure thus reducing the intensity of the resulting seizure.

When the patient comes out of it they are confused and remember nothing surrounding the procedure. Repeated treatments could result in permanent memory loss, recurring seizures, and movement disorders. TMS- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is done by passing a magnetic coil that receives short currents at regular intervals over the scalp of a patient the current penetrates the skull to the brain, stimulating the nerve cells. This is experimental but has great potential as becoming a precise tool for treating other brain disorders.

Nutritional Supplements can also be effective treatments and include multi-vitamins and herbal supplements. Though they may work alone nutritional supplements might be even more effective when paired with other therapies. Vitamins for Depression include the B-complex vitamins. The B vitamins help with cell metabolism including red blood cells preventing Anemia. Multi-vitamin supplements include minerals such as Iron and Zinc.

Herbal supplements are blend special herbs, vitamins and minerals as well as other nutritive substances known to alleviate Depression symptoms.

Herbs such as Chamomile, Valerian, and Milk Thistle are just a few of the herbs contained with in the supplement.

In order to be guaranteed the most potent, safe, effective, and pure supplements they should have been put through a lot of testing. The metabolism of the ingredients’ at the molecular level is tested as are the interactions of the ingredients. They should be made to meet pharmaceutical standards of manufacturing.


Depression is an illness marked by sadness, lethargy, and sleep/appetite issues among other symptoms. There are treatments available such anti-depressant medication, psychotherapy, medical procedures like shock therapy Electroconvulsive Therapy- ECT and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Herbal supplements are just one of the nutritional supplements that can benefit depression. Do research and consult with your doctor before adding anything to your health regimen.

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