Mild Depression

OVERCOMING DEPRESSION

Symptoms

The symptoms of mild depression are similar to those of depression, only less intense. They include lack of interest in things that one usually likes. Some symptoms of mild depression may not occur in depressive disorder. Such symptoms include anxiety, phobias, obsession and dissociation. A mildly depressed person may have low spirits and have reduced interest and concentration and feel extremely exhausted.

Causes

Mild depression may be caused by a loss in life such as divorce or separation, unexpressed anger and hormonal imbalance in the brain. Some people are genetically predisposed to depression. Women also suffer from depression much more often than men.

Treating Mild Depression

If depression has not reached a point where it affects ones work schedules and social life, it cannot be treated with drugs and therefore one must find alternative methods of treatment. The first and most common method of treating depression is counseling also known as talk therapy. Professional counselors are able to suggest tools and techniques to handle depression.

Depression may be handled by reading relevant books. This is especially useful where it is brought about by fear. Books with characters who are dealing with a similar situation would be especially helpful. This kind of therapy is known as bibliotherapy. Listening to music is also quite helpful in dealing with mild depression. Music induces relaxation and eases tension. Meditation, yoga and deep breathing help to deal with depression. Meditation helps one to make decisions much faster and more easily.

Aerobic exercise treats depression by releasing endorphins into the human body within 15-20 minutes. One does not have to attend a gym or health club, they can take a walk, ride a bicycle, swim or hike. Drinking more water especially in the afternoon may help to get rid of depression. It increases the body’s energy level and reduces the chances of chronic fatigue syndrome. Water may be combined with B complex vitamins especially from natural sources. B vitamins are best gotten from juiced vegetables or supplements which may be bought at a health food store or pharmacy. Reducing sugar and caffeine intake may also help with depression.

St. John’s Wort is the most commonly used herbal treatment for depression. It is available in pill form or as tea. It is readily available at health food stores and pharmacies. The patient must take the herb for several weeks before they can begin to realize the results. Studies carried out on St. John’s Wort shows that it helps to improve one’s mood. It is however important to know that it increases sunshine sensitivity.

When one is depressed, it is advisable to avoid junk food more commonly known as comfort food. Reducing the amount of high calorie food consumed helps to increase ones energy levels. It also helps to sleep and wake up at roughly the same time and practice good sleep hygiene. This refers to not eating after a certain time at night, sleeping in comfortable surroundings and ensuring one gets enough sleep.