What is Depression?
We all feel fed up, miserable and sad at times this is normal but feeling depressed for a period of time is experienced very differently to depression. Perhaps you are affected by low moods and you are struggling to overcome negative thinking. You are not alone around 12% of the population experience depression in any year.
It is estimated that 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem. Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health problem in Britain. One in five people suffer with depression and women are more likely to be treated for depression than men.
Stress, anxiety and depression account for one third of the 168 million working days lost in the UK. It is estimated that about 10% of our children are suffering with depression. Self harm statistics for the UK are the highest in Europe and suicide rates show that British men are three times more likely to die through suicide then women.
Depression and anxiety are no small problem to contend with as they also affect our physical health. The Royal College of Psychiatrists reached a unanimous agreement that poor physical health can cause poor mental health and vice versa.
Depression symptoms include experiencing a loss of interest and pleasure in day to day living, excessive feelings of worthlessness and guilt, hopelessness, morbid or suicidal thoughts and weight loss or weight gain.
If you have recently experienced a bereavement, lost your job or are going through a relationship breakdown you may have experienced at least 2 or 3 of these symptoms for most of the day in the last two weeks. You could be experiencing depressive episodes classified as low, moderate or severe depending on your symptoms.
Treatment of depression can vary depending on the level of symptoms diagnosed. It is important to see your GP and get a proper diagnosis as you may need to be referred to a psychiatrist for a full assessment if you are suffering with severe depression. Mostly people are treated with medication like anti depressants and talking therapies such as CBT counselling or psychotherapy.
However, more and more people are looking towards exercise and nutrition, including supplements to improve both their mental and physical health. Exercise and nutrition have also been proven to effect moods with evidence demonstrating that you can improve depression from regular physical exercise and a balanced healthy diet.
Instead of just focusing on the presenting problems and treating symptoms we need to take a more holistic approach to healing the mind, body and soul to improve depression and other health conditions particularly inflammatory diseases, including chronic inflammatory conditions in the digestive tract.
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