Depression is Not a Chemical Imbalance, It is a Sign Your Life is Out of Order
by Luella May
Best Years in Life)
Depression is not a disease and
neither is it a chemical imbalance.
Rather, it is
a sign that your life is out of
balance. Depression is a condition
that has risen to epidemic
proportions. It affects
approximately 19 million Americans,
almost 10% of the population. We are
led to believe that it is due to a
chemical imbalance in the brain and
can only be treated with certain
drugs that correct this imbalance.
Yet, these medications may do more
harm than good. There are natural,
safer methods that can effectively
Certain forms of depression are a normal part of life. We all go through traumas that cause sadness, grief, and helplessness. The premise that depression is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain is not a scientific statement. Studies were done several decades ago to see if low serotonin levels were responsible for depression and in 1983 the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reported that "There is no evidence that there is anything wrong in the serotonergic system of depressed patients."
Taking SSRI's block the normal reuptake of serotonin, leaving the patient with the exact condition that these drugs are designed to treat, low serotonin levels. This sets up a chain of events, the root cause of which, according to Dr. Steven Hyman (head of the NIMH in 1996), is that the brain operates in a way that is "both qualitatively and quantitatively different than normal." This abnormal operation, which cascades throughout the body, results in side effects ranging from uncomfortable to dangerous, such as sexual dysfunction, mania, violence, and even suicide.
Grief is a very common cause of depression. Loss of a loved one is primary in this category. However, there are also other common causes which can seriously impact a person's life. These include: Divorce or the end of a relationship, moving to a new location, being diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, and disability or loss of independence after a severe accident or illness. But please keep in mind that there are many other life experiences that result in grief. However, it should be noted that grief is a normal response to a major loss. It is a process that we must go through, albeit a very painful one.
Depression can very well be treated
naturally and, by implementing
certain lifestyle changes, an
individual might be amazed at how
much better s/he feels, both
emotionally and physically.
Addressing the source of depression is paramount in healing. Many times a situation where we find ourselves helpless, between that proverbial rock and a hard spot, results in depression. Relaxation exercises, meditation, yoga, and EFT (emotional freedom technique) help to relieve stress, depression, and anxiety. There are EFT practitioners available that help to treat serious conditions.
Eating a healthy diet is crucial. Foods play an important role in our moods and emotional states. Avoiding sugar, grains, processed foods, junk foods, fast foods, etc. help to normalize insulin and leptin levels, which also have a lot to do with depression. Make sure to supplement your diet with high quality Omega 3's. At least two studies point to a strong link associating depression with low rates of Omega 3 consumption.
Getting the necessary sunshine to insure optimum Vitamin D levels is also important in treating depression. Low vitamin D levels are also associated with depression.
Supplements that relieve depression include: Colloidal Gold, SAMe, 5-HTP, and St. John's Wort. Please note that these supplements should not be taken together with antidepressants or other drugs used to treat depression or anxiety.
For treating more serious conditions naturally, please see:
About the author:
Luella May is a natural health advocate and author helping people to heal naturally. Her articles appear in several online venues, including Natural News, AlignLife and CureZone. Luella is in the midst of editing her eBook, "The 8 Invisible Stains of Our Souls" which will be available in the next few months. She partners with Tony Isaacs, who authors books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy". Luella a partner and contributor of The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Luella co-moderates the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and hosts her own yahoo group focusing on the natural wellbeing of pets. You can listen to Luella and her partner Tony Isaacs every Wednesday evening on The Best Years in Life Radio Show.