An estimated 10% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 experience depression. Signs of depression among teenagers include persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, hopelessness, and anger, and a sudden lack of interest in hobbies and activities once enjoyed. Look for other red flags like social withdrawal, poor performance in school, feeling worthless, hypersensitivity to failure, and talking about self-harm.
Sadness is normal, depression isn’t. Dismissing major clinical depression could put your health or even life at risk. If you’ve been grappling with sadness for months with no reason or if you've suddenly begun eating more or lost your appetite completely, there could be more to it. If you’re finding yourself snapping easily, if you're unable to deal with a lot of what you could before, and if sleep is hard to come by, it's time to consider the possibility that this might just be depression.
Life is challenging for any new mom. But for 13 to 14 percent of women, there’s an added struggle – coping with postpartum depression. Typical treatment for postpartum depression includes antidepressants or cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal therapy. But if this feels daunting, you can try natural treatments like bright light therapy, aromatherapy, acupuncture, or homeopathic remedies like sepia or ignatia. Practicing yoga and pranayama regularly and Ayurvedic therapies like svedana and shirodhara can also help.
Emotional abuse is far worse than any other kind of violence as this hurts a person psychologically. The short-term impact of emotional abuse includes surprise, shock, low self-esteem, aggression, fear, and guilt. The long-term impact, which is much more severe, includes depression, intense aggression, suicidal tendencies, sleep disorders, trust issues, clingy behavior, underachievement, and substance abuse.
Green therapy or nature therapy can benefit both your health and well-being. The tasks in green therapy are usually conducted in groups. It encourages physical activities, increases social involvement, adds social value. The health benefits include the elimination of negative thoughts or rumination, a decrease in ADHD symptoms, and relief from stress, anxiety, and depression.
Are you feeling the blues during the same time each year? You may have SAD if you're feeling downbeat only for a certain period of time and if your mood lightens up as time passes. Whether you feel like your energy levels are sapping or you just want to sleep for longer than usual, such form of seasonal depression can be cured with timely medical assistance and alternative therapy.
An unhealthy diet affects not just your physical but mental health as well. As an organ that accounts for 25% of our metabolic demands, the brain needs constant nourishment that can’t be met with junk food. So along with medication, consume specific nutrient-rich foods to get better results in reducing the risk of depression.
Natural treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD) can complement standard treatment and improve quality of life. Natural supplements like velvet bean, brahmi, broad beans, and fish oil regulate and boost dopamine in the brain, reduce nerve cell death, and reduce depression. Tea, coffee, veggies like cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes, and fruits like pears and grapes reduce risk of PD. Exercise can strengthen the muscles and bring back control over movement.
Menopause is a phase dreaded by nearly all women from around the world, and it’s no surprise why. Along with severely ‘blue’ moods, hot flashes, and sleeplessness, comes the problem of putting on weight, especially near the stomach area. Certain women, however, experience a loss of weight as they transition[.....]
A low self-esteem is when you've negative thoughts and a lack of confidence in yourself. This slowly leads to a self-deprecating behavior that won't let you move on in life confidently without comparing yourself with others. Before this leads to severe depression, learn to believe in yourself, appreciate what you do, get some "me" time, help others, and help yourself.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome with physical symptoms (breast pain, bloating etc.) and psychological symptoms (depression, anxiety etc.). Fine-tuning your diet and exercising can be useful. Herbal remedies like chasteberry, St John’s wort, ginkgo, and evening primrose oil can also help with symptoms while cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture can improve anxiety and depression. Your homeopathic doctor may recommend medicines like sepia, calcarea, or pulsatilla.
A serious mood disorder, depression can be handled by identifying the symptoms in time and seeking medical care. Symptoms can vary depending on your age and gender. While in the beginning, the symptoms could be mostly physical like aches and pains, constipation, loss of appetite etc, there are behavioral warning signs like anxiety, irritability, temper, and more you need to watch out for. Depression can also affect your cognitive functions like memory. Lack of sleep or excess of it, too, is a symptom you shouldn’t overlook.
Depression, a recurring mental disorder plaguing more than 300 million people worldwide, can stem from traumatic life experiences and substance abuse or may just be a result of your genes, not in your control. Belonging to a family with a history of depression, lack of omega-3s in your diet, chronic illnesses like Parkinson’s, and even certain medications can put you at a higher risk of suffering from depression. Seek help if you are struggling to come out of your sadness.
Known for being rich in a number vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibers, and other compounds, the eggplant, also called brinjal or aubergine, has plenty of health and beauty benefits to offer. There are, however, some side effects to eating too much of it, and it’s always good to be aware[.....]
Forgetting things is a normal part of aging, but it may eventually turn into dementia. You’ll be even more at risk with chronic stress, alcoholism, smoking, depression, and sleep-deprivation. Multitasking and stress can also distract you, making it easy to forget words or names. Other health conditions like vitamin B12 deficiency and hypothyroidism make it hard to remember things, but proper management will improve it. Forgetfulness is a common side effect of some medication, too.
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