What it Depression?

Feelings of severe Sadness, Disinterest, despondency and dejection. A key sign of depression is either depressed mood or loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. For a diagnosis of depression, these signs should be present most of the day either daily or nearly daily for at least two weeks. In addition, the depressive symptoms need to cause clinically significant distress or impairment. They cannot be due to the direct effects of a substance, for example, a drug or medication. Nor can they be the result of a medical condition such as hypothyroidism.

What causes Depression?

Genetic, environmental, cognitive and personality factors are usually blamed for causing mood disorders such as depression. Stress many times precipitates this problem. Recent studies in modern science have revealed that depression results from an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain.

In Ayurveda, imbalance in psychic energies (sattva, rajas, tamas) supported by imbalance of physical energies (vata, pitta, kapha) are believed to cause various mental disorders. This applies to depression as well. Lack of mental discipline, indulgence in negative thoughts and activities and negative emotions, such as hatred, anger, etc. are known to cause imbalance in psychic energies which in turn leads to diseases like depression.

How supplements can help?

A medicine cannot alter your circumstances. However, symptoms such as low mood, poor sleep, poor concentration, etc, are often eased with ayurvedic supplements. This may then allow you to function more normally and increase your ability to deal with any problems or difficult circumstances.

Depression – Symptoms

1. Fatigue
2. Sleep disturbances
3. Irritability
4. Difficulty to concentrate
5. Feeling of worthlessness
6. Social isolation

Diet & Lifestyle

1. Avoid Improper food habits, addictions, lack of discipline in personal life and unsocial attitude. So maintaining good life style, food habits and discipline acquire lot of significance when it comes to psychiatric disorders such as depression.
2. Getting up early enough in morning, avoiding late nights, doing physical exercises, playing games and outdoor activities help to keep the mind in a positive state.
3. Eating fresh foods, vegetables, seasonal fruits and avoiding alcohol, non-vegetarian and fast foods, and maintaining regular food timings is good for mental health.
4. Ensure that you take meals in a relaxed mental state and atmosphere. Avoid hot discussions and watching during meals.
5. Prayers, reading spiritual texts, reading good literature, listening to thought provoking lectures, hearing mantras and music also help to improve mental strength.
6. Yoga, Pranayama and meditation are well known for enhancing mental and spiritual strength.
7. One must also look at their social support system and make an effort to improve social ties to enjoy a positive mental state.

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