Depression is thought to be caused by a neurotransmitter imbalance or deficiency. Neurotransmitters are basically the chemical messengers of our brains that regulate many functions. Mood is of course a big part of what these chemicals regulate. Prescription drugs work for depression by ‘damming up’ the neurotransmitters you have, so that more are around. They don’t help you make more of them; rather they preserve the ones you do make.
Because depression is primarily caused by a chemical imbalance, it makes sense to provide the raw materials the brain needs to make neurotransmitters. Depression natural remedies are ideal for this, because they help to support your system, making depression and anxiety less severe.
Common Depression Symptoms
Fatigue and decreased energy
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
Feeling hopeless, worthless, or helpless
Poor sleep, either insomnia or too much sleeping
Loss of interest in things you typically enjoy
Increased eating or loss of appetite.
Natural Depression Treatment
Here are some of the natural remedies for those that suffer from mild to moderate depression:
Mood Support Formula is one of our best natural treatments for depression that contains clinically active amounts of the most well-researched mood supportive ingredients.
Deproloft is another one of our favorites that contains a potent combination of mood enhancing botanical medicines and nutrients that support healthy neurotransmitter and adrenal function.
5-HTP is one of the most popular depression natural remedies.
Glycine is an amino acid that has a calming effect.
GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that works to decrease anxiety and nervousness.
Low levels of Vitamin D are associated with depression.
There are several other parts of the depression puzzle. Addressing diet, lifestyle, nutrition, stress and hormonal aspects of your health can all provide a means to feeling better. Working with a skilled practitioner can provide additional insight.
Here's a video about Seasonal Affective Disorder; which is essentially a shorter-lived version of depression.
Female hormone imbalance is extremely common and affects women at all ages during the child bearing years. Fortunately, there are several natural medicines that can help balance hormones, without the use of hormones.