- Posted April 5, 2009 by
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My secret health condition
Alternative Depression Treatments
With the recession, high unemployment rate and over all stress, many of us are depressed. I have been but for other reasons. So how do you cope?
There are several ways and without medication. This is great because no one wants to get "hooked" on meds.
Dietary changes can alter the brain both chemically and structurally. If you're feeling blue, take a step toward recovery by ensuring that your diet includes the following:
- Fish oilcontains high levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid); a deficiency in DHA has been linked to depression. When DHA is plentiful, your mood isn't the only thing that gets a boost—memory and learning are enhanced as well. Not a fish fan? Essential fatty acids are also found in a variety of seeds, nuts, oils and leafy vegetables.
- Antioxidant-rich foods can also serve to bolster mental health. Apricots, broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato, blueberries, kiwi and oranges.
- Daily multivitamins are the final step in keeping your brain and body properly regulated. B vitamins, magnesium, folic acid, selenium, and the amino acids tyrosine and tryptophan.
St. John's wort supplements are perhaps the most well-known herbal remedy for depression.
Regular meditation has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, and decrease the amount of stress hormone released by the brain.
Physical contact is an important element in human communication and connection; we use it to show affection, seek comfort, and to maintain mental health.
Depression is not only a mental state; the body will often mirror the distress of the mind in depressed individuals. During a biofeedback session, the treatment-seeker is fitted with electrodes and her physiological activity is monitored.
The Chinese practice of acupuncture is intended to unblock the flow of life energy known as qi.
Regular physical activity is important for maintaining both mental and physical health.
Health first! Take care--
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