Anxiety and depression are the most common forms of mental illness in America today. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than forty million Americans suffer from depression. Americans spend over forty two billion dollars a year on anti-depressants, which accounts for one-third of the total mental health bill. However, depression does not necessarily have to be treated with conventional drug therapies. There are a number of natural, alternative therapies that have shown to be effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression. If you would like to learn more about depression, start with the What is Depression course. This course will teach you how to spot the difference between depression and normal sadness. It will teach you the symptoms and signs to look for in depression. It will show you how the symptoms of depression feed forward causing the snowball effect and how it is diagnosed. The course also contains information about other mood-related disorders such as mania, hypomania, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Depression
Before you can begin to deal with the disorder, you need to be able to recognize the symptoms or signs of depression. There are a number of feelings, thoughts, behaviors and physical symptoms that can indicate that you are suffering from depression. These symptoms are symptoms that we all experience at some point in our lives and that is what makes depression so hard to diagnose. Feelings associated with depression include feelings of unworthiness, of worthlessness, frustration, despair and desperation. Thoughts include thoughts of unworthiness, of not feeling good enough, and that life would be better without you. Behaviors displayed by those who are suffering from depression include antisocial behavior, a lack of energy or fun, isolation and fear. Finally, depression manifests as feelings of extreme fatigue, lack of sleep, lack of energy, weight gain or loss and a lack of appetite.
As mentioned above, we all suffer from some of these symptoms at some stage or various stages of our lives. The key to diagnosing depression lies in recognizing that these symptoms have no foundation or that these symptoms persist for long periods of time with no real foundation for their persistence. If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from depression, then you should seek medical help for a proper diagnosis before you consider any treatment options.
Natural Therapies for Dealing with Depression
As mentioned above, if you suspect that you are suffering from depression then you should seek medical advice. The therapies mentioned below however can be used irrespective of whether you have been diagnosed with depression or not. Some of these therapies can help you improve mental health and help you relieve stress and anxiety before they turn into depression. The great thing about natural therapies are that they can be used as a preventative measure or a therapy.
Natural therapies for depression include:
· Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation
· Breathe and Breathing Techniques
· Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Meditation Mindfulness for Depression
Many practitioners believe that mindset has a very important role to play in the development and treatment of depression. Not that depression is all in your head, but rather thoughts can exacerbate the problem or cause the onset of depression. Stress is one of the well-known factors that lead to depression and learning techniques that alleviate and manage stress, can help you to alleviate the cause of depression or help you prevent depression.
Meditation is the practice of learning to quiet the mind and relieve stress. Mindfulness meditation is the practice of learning to observe your thoughts as an observer, and then learning to accept those thoughts or alter them based on those observations. According to over forty-seven studies published in the Journal of American Medical Association, meditation helps to manage anxiety, depression and pain.
Mindfulness meditation may take a few minutes a day to practice. If you are interested in learning how to harness the power of mindfulness meditation to help you relieve stress and anxiety, and to help you treat or alleviate depression, then enroll in the Meditation for Depression and Anxiety course.
Breath and Depression
Your breath and the way you breathe is directly linked to depression and stress. Think about when you are in a stressful situation. You take a deep breathe through your mouth – and then you get ready to run. Your breathing in times of danger is shallow and quick. Now think of when you are relaxed. You “breathe a sigh of relief” which is generally a nice long, deep breath through your nose. Breathing switches your body state from a fight or flight state, to a rest and digest state of relaxation and can help you relieve the stress and anxiety that is responsible for your depression.
If you would like to learn more about the power of breath to help you relieve the symptoms of depression, check out the Breathing Made Easy course that has helped students around the world achieve an internal balance with simple breathing techniques. This course will teach you about the physiology of breathing and stress and how these two mechanisms are related. It offers you structured breathing exercises that will help you activate diaphragmatic breathing. It will teach you how to develop the skill so that this type of breathing comes naturally to you during challenging situations, and it will teach you how to use signs of stress as cues to relax rather than as signals to become more anxious.
Acupressure for Depression
Acupressure is based on the ancient art of Acupuncture. Acupressure uses the body’s meridian energy system to help alleviate or treat various conditions. Acupressure uses finger pressure on various meridian points on the body to aid or speed healing, to relieve pain and to relieve stress and anxiety by balancing the energy within the meridian system. I personally love acupressure for the relief of headaches and tensions and find the techniques work swiftly to remove any aches or pains within the body.
Acupressure has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression. If you would like to learn how to harness the power of acupressure to help you fight the symptoms of depression, or to help you relieve anxiety or stress, then sign up for the Acupressure Academy – Healthy With Massage Points – Part III course, and join the hundreds of students who are learning to treat their conditions naturally. This course contains over ninety-five lectures that will teach you how to relieve the symptoms of asthma, depression and flu using acupressure points. The course also includes lessons on how to apply gentle massage techniques for ten minutes a day to help you improve general health and well-being. The course includes information on various apps you can get for your smartphone and tablet.
Deal with Anxiety and Stress Before it Becomes Depression
Prevention is always better than cure, but if you have been diagnosed with depression, then don’t despair. There are a number of natural therapies you can use to help you learn to cope with the disorder.
A great introduction to some of the natural approaches you can try to alleviate the symptoms and fight the disease, is the You Can Beat Depression: Winning strategies that work course. This course offers over fifteen lectures that will teach you about what this illness really means. It offers specific strategies and scripts to help you with the disease. It offers firsthand accounts of what it is like to be mentally ill and it offers strategies to help you manage that affliction.