Domestic turmoil, climate change, natural disasters and terrorism – the combination of these common problems can be the cause of increase in the number of people suffering from depression.
Add to this the advances in technology, which actually made real social interactions obsolete, and we get the modern equation of depression.
Depression is a disease that is often confusing to scientists and researchers. There are countless theories which attempt to explain the phenomenon of the human mind.
From a medical point of view, depression is considered as a disease, arguing that this is due to an imbalance in neurotransmitters (substances that transmit signals from the body to the brain), or due to poor nutrition, which leads to destabilization of the vitamins and minerals.
Psychologically, depression is a result of traumatic events that may occur within the family or because of having a serious illness. The good news is that doctors are sure that depression as a treatable disease.
Not cured, depression can lead to many undesirable consequences – from insomnia and overeating to self-flagellation, and even suicide. Even light depression can lead to trouble at work and in relationships, it is therefore necessary to treat depression.
However, there are ways that could help fight depression. Sticking to a positive perception of the events would help to minimize the occurrence of depression. This can be achieved by adjusting your thinking to achieve certain goals. Yoga and meditation can also help cause positive thinking. A balanced vegetarian diet can help fight against depression. Meat eaters consume more protein, which is thought to prevent the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, a hormone known as mood. Only tryptophan can be converted into serotonin. Due to the low levels of serotonin in the body increases the risk of depression.
Ironically, tryptophan is present in high-protein foods, including red meat. However, this should not be misconstrued that due to high levels of tryptophan in meat you should eat a lot of such meat to increase the level of serotonin. Conversely, studies have shown that consumption of too much protein reduces the level of conversion of tryptophan to serotonin.
In addition, there are also countless medication procedures used in the treatment of depression, which should always be supplemented by psychotherapy and family therapy. Before any treatment can be applied, the patient must first be able to recognize and accept its terms.
Mental Health Institute has identified the following symptoms of depression. Frequent sad and anxious mood, a sense of hopelessness and pessimism, worthlessness and helplessness, loss of interest in hobbies and actions, low energy, fatigue and loss of attention, memory problems, slow decision-making, insomnia, decrease or increase in appetite, decrease or an increase in weight, thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts, irritability. Such symptoms may be present not completely. People may experience only some of them, while others tolerate more of these symptoms. Having noticed some of the above symptoms you should definitely consult a specialist. The sooner you start treatment, the easier it will be to get rid of this unpleasant situation and to avoid unintended consequences.