This article is for the purpose of exploring one of what I am sure are many Natural approaches to treating and hopefully, ultimately curing depression.
Non-Chemical Depression treatments are definitely not for everyone, nor is this article condoning the discontinuance of taking depression medications. However if there is going to be a comprehensive discussion on the subject matter then we would be remiss in our observations if we did not acknowledge that natural Depression medicines do work for many people. This article is merely for the purpose of presenting another possible avenue of dealing with a sometimes-debilitating mental and emotional problem.
For individuals interested in finding an All Natural Depression Cure, there are practitioners that have devoted their lives to the betterment of the human state of mind. Depression is a common state of being unfortunately for too many people these days, so much so that for many it is a way of life. Even though an All Natural Depression medicine is not necessarily for everyone, for individuals that are interested in the possibility of dealing with their depression in a non-chemical way and willing to diligently apply the process, it would be worth one's time and consideration. I understand that often time's depression is a chemical imbalance. That being said, it is common knowledge in the medical field that sometimes the proper mind stimulus can improve the imbalances of a human body and promote better health and well-being.
The first things that one might consider when dealing with depression is to entertain the mindset that (beyond this mental and emotional place of pain that I find myself in, at the core of my being is peace, light, and joy.) The author Tony Masiello gives a beautiful analogy in his book (Whispers from the Universe), "As I sat on the steps of my porch on a cloudy day, a realization came to me. The sun peeks in and out through the clouds. Some are big and some are small. As a big cloud comes between the sun and me, it gets cooler and darker. I have to believe that the sun is just as bright and warm on the other side of that cloud." Even with a chemical imbalance of the body we must earnestly try to imagine that beyond this discrepancy in our system that there is a better, more peaceful lifestyle of health and happiness available to us.
By that rational I must first take courage and take the initiative to "Believe" that there is a place that exists in the human experience of peace, joy and light for me. Many of the psychological torments of Depression are the thoughts and feelings of, "I am not in control of my _)" and you fill in the blank. One of the most effective antidotes to combating this feeling, this mindset is to actually begin to just take control of the thoughts, but one thought at a time please. To do it any other way will seem over whelming to most of us. To quote an old saying by Dr. Robert Schuller, "Inch by inch anything's a chinch."
Consider this as well, there is a biblical paradigm that says the mechanism of believing is to actually speak that which you are seeking, that which you desire. 2 Corinthians 4:13 of the King James Bible states, "... I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak:" This seems such a simple thing to do in order to counteract such a great problem, but simplicity has always been Genius! This is also one of the reasons why courage is required to take on the task of utilizing a non-chemical cure to depression because sometimes in our humanity we believe that a perceived "great big" problem requires a perceived "great big" solution, when in reality the universe turns on a quiet conversation.
Are you desperate?
Desperation can be considered a mixed blessing for an adopted positive outlook, because desperation has historically been the catalyst for a great many earth changing decisions and outcomes. When you find yourself in a place of desperation then use that energy as a motivating factor to try new things and to embrace new and unique mindsets. I can't think of a more opportune time to begin to attempt new endeavors and to broaden one's horizons. A Natural Depression medicine is often times found to be most useful and valuable in times of desperation.
One of the benefits of attempting new things is that it gets your mind and focus off of your present desperate situation(s). Remember what you focus your attention on expands. If nothing else comes of it, how much better would you feel applying a Natural Depression Cure, even if for only a few moments relief in the course of your day? Sometimes a moment will make the difference in a life. Sometimes a moment will save a life! Going on the premise that what you focus on expands, how many more moments of relief and rest from your bouts of Depression could you enjoy with each passing day with a little consistency of application of the All Natural Depression Cure.
Please know that I am not advocating this approach for everyone that suffers from depression, I am merely suggesting one of what I am sure are many non-chemical applications to deal with the depression mind state. Some people believe that they must use medication, and if that is where you are in your human experience then that is fine. But along with the medicine why not try the All Natural Depression Cure. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
Find some positive affirmations from your favorite sources and spend 10 to 15 minutes a day, twice a day if your schedule allows.
Find a place of reasonable solitude and speak the affirmations to yourself. Don't be in a rush to get thru your 10 to 15 minutes, use that time to bask in what you are affirming. Visualize (imagine) that you are that person in that place that you are professing. Watch how much better you begin to feel once you begin to immerse yourself in the activity and take yourself out of the depressed mental state that you were experiencing.
I am such a strong proponent of the All Natural Depression Cure that I use it myself just as a life affirming exercise that helps my overall health and well being. It is an opportunity to frequently reassess my own life and life decisions. It's a tool to help me to conduct my life, thinking processes, conversation and behaviors in the best possible manner for me at the time. Just give it a try; you will be pleasantly surprised at the results that you will begin to see immediately.
Depression Relief - A Herbal Remedy
The best thing about using an herb in place of a prescribed anti-depressant is that the side effects are fewer in number and severity.
You can't take St. John's Wort in conjunction with another anti-depressant or with certain other medications, so make sure you consult your doctor if you're taking anything else before you add St. John's Wort to the mix.
The NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) is helping consumers get educated about the use of St. John's Wort as a natural depression medicine. They believe it's best used to treat mild to moderate (but not severe) forms of depression.
What's not yet known is exactly how St. John's Wort works to treat depression. It's believed that it might prevent nerve cells from reabsorbing serotonin, which is the chemical messenger in the body.
It's been used and studied by scientists in treating mental disorders for centuries, but still remains somewhat of a mystery, even though its effectiveness in treating symptoms of depression such as mood swings, loss of appetite and energy, and sadness has been largely documented.
The reason consumers are turning to herbal remedies such as St. John's Wort is because synthetic drugs have a high incidence of side effects, such as dry mouth, headaches, sexual dysfunction and insomnia. It's also a less costly treatment than high-priced prescription medications.
You can buy St. John's Wort in capsule form, as a tea, or as an extract. You have to be careful about the quantities you use in taking St. John's Wort, because high level doses can impede the treatment process by causing dizziness, upset stomach, and a sensitivity to sunlight.
St. John's Wort isn't the only herb being used to treat depression. Damiana, Ginseng, and Valerian root are also used to improve depression symptoms such as insomnia and stress.
Regardless of which natural depression medicine you wish to try as treatment for your depression symptoms, it's important to get the guidance of a doctor skilled in herbal remedies to ensure you're ingesting the correct amount and type of herb for your personal needs.
Sean Rheyynbriss is an investigative author based in Atlanta GA. Tony Masiello, prolific author of the book "Whispers From The Universe" mentioned in my article has a wonderful selection of publications that offer a treasure trove of Positive Affirmation material.