SANA SHAIKH
By Sana Shaikh

BHMS and Yoga Trainer

05 August 2022
Medically reviewed by
Dhanashree Padhye
MA (Psychology)
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More people are pursuing natural forms of antidepressants to support them with depression. Traditional anti-depressants sometimes have unwanted side effects. Consider these options for an approach that doesn’t rely on pharmaceuticals or psychotherapies.

What Is Depression?

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a standard and severe medical condition that negatively impacts how you sense, think, and act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression generates unhappiness and a loss of inquisitiveness in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to various emotional and physical problems and decrease your ability to function at work and home. (Bibring, E., 1953)

There are some symptoms of the problem of Depression- 

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed.
  • Changes in appetite.
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity.
  • Feeling worthless or guilty.
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

Herbal Supplements & Vitamins That May Treat Depression.

Herbal supplements are so popular that more than half of the people in our country use one on a daily basis. Some people use herbal supplements to treat milder symptoms of Depression. Their natural properties might assist you in dealing with Depression. Herbal supplements, which are derived from plants, are said to have therapeutic powers. Although they have been used for centuries, this does not imply they are completely safe. Their negative effects and combinations with other medications can be quite dangerous, so use with caution.  (Varteresian, T. and Lavretsky, H., 2014.)

S-adenosyl-L-methionine-

S-Adenosyl-L-methionine is an inherently occurring molecule circulated to practically all body tissues and liquids. It is of indisputable significance in several biochemical reactions affecting enzymatic transmethylation, donating to the synthesis, activation and metabolism of such blends as hormones, neurotransmitters, nucleic acids, proteins, phospholipids and certain drugs.

Oral or parenteral administration of a stable salt of SAMe has been shown to restore normal hepatic function in the presence of various chronic liver diseases (including alcoholic and non-alcoholic cirrhosis, oestrogen-induced and other forms of cholestasis), to prevent or reverse hepatotoxicity caused by several drugs and chemicals such as alcohol, paracetamol (acetaminophen), steroids, and lead, and to have antidepressant properties. The typical SAMe dose for Depression is 600mg per day. The SAMe dose might be pricey for regular individuals.  (Friedel, H.A., Goa, K.L. and Benfield, P., 1989)

Point to be remembered- this medicine is not regulated as other medicines so always be cautious before taking them. 

B Vitamins-

B vitamins are essential for our health. Vitamin B-9 (folate) synthesises and repairs DNA and helps to demethylate homocysteine to convert it back to methionine, which has antidepressant properties.

Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) plays an essential role in red blood cell formation, cell metabolism, nerve function, and the production of DNA. Both folate (in the L-methyl folate form) and B-12 play a role in synthesising neurotransmitters, such as serotonin.

What Changes You Need To Make In Your Lifestyle?

Our lifestyle plays an important role in the maintenance of health balance. The most important thing in the world is our health, and moreover it is important to get our mental health in line. These are some simple life changes that can bring utmost necessary balance in our life. Following are some of the life-style changes that we can focus on and do some extraordinary  work regarding mental health maintenance. 

Exercise

Being depressed can force you subconsciously to lower energy; regular exercise can boost your temper if you have depression, and it's handy for people with mild to moderate depression. Exercise should be something you enjoy. Otherwise, it will be hard to find the motivation to do it regularly. So one can focus on changing their lifestyle to improve the results. Fitness and exercise can help you to get away from anxieties and depressions. 

What you eat- matters! 

You want to eat your favourite food to improve your mood. It can look like the best thing but need not be a good thing forever; Overeating sweets and gaining too much weight can be risky for our mind and its health.

Obesity and many problems related to overeating are associated with a higher risk for major depressive disorder (MDD) among females. And that's why it has been a saying forever- WHAT GOES INSIDE - MATTERS.

Express Gratitude - 

There are lots of studies that show, especially from Harvard Health, that shows- expressing gratitude openly and straightforwardly can set up your mood. It is recommended that we should openly recommend gratitude towards someone in writing if possible. That helps us to feel the good things in a special way and also helps to improve our mood. 

Meet New people- 

Always try to be a little bit extroverted. Loneliness and isolation from society can increase your risk of depression. Reach out for your friends and relatives. Don't be afraid to make the first move. Participate in the social programs. volunteer in various activities. Mixing up with people helps to improve your mental health and clear your mind.

Nature improves our Nature! 

Natural therapy always improves your mood with zero side effects. It needs to be done with the highest belief but it surely works. Walking through greens can improve your health, eases out your pressure. All the trees release phytochemicals that communicate in a way with our bodily systems like immunity systems. They influence these systems in a positive way. It is observed that such phytochemicals even impacts mood, lowers the blood pressure. Don't be afraid to explore the parks and enjoy nature. because as we can put it into words- Nature improves Nature

Other Therapies

There are some other ways to monitor and improve your mental health and they are as follows- 

  • Acupuncture
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Massage
  • Navigated Imagery
  • Brain stimulant therapy

Key points to remember-

  1. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a standard and severe medical condition that negatively impacts how you sense.
  2. There are some symptoms of the problem of Depression, that can be turned into very serious issues so always be aware of them. 
  3. Natural effects can help you cope with depression, derived from plants, herbal supplements are believed to have healing properties. 
  4. Natural ways to cope up with depression are always side effect free and also help to improve in a very long lasting way.
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