Attacking Depression

December 15, 2011

Healthy Life

Attacking Depression

 

Attacking Depression

Attacking Depression

 

A lot of people don’t realize how interconnected our bodies and minds are. It would seem fairly obvious that since our minds arise from our brains, which are physical organs connected to all other parts of our bodies, that the systems of our bodies are very complex domino effects. In other words, how you treat one part of your body can affect how another part of your body feels. This includes the brain, which can be victim to just as many afflictions as your other organs. It is in this way that managing the health of your body can be one of your best guides for how to deal with depression.

Mental illness has been stigmatized in many ways over the years. Only now are people starting to realize that conditions like depression and anxiety can be no more controllable than heart disease. Genetics and environmental factors can doom some people from the get-go. But like heart disease, there are ways to reduce the risk of depression, or, if you already have it, to reduce the intensity. At its worse, depression can be a crippling affliction that alienates people from their friends, families, and lovers. It can cause you to perform poorly at work, which could lead to getting fired. Depression has ruined peoples’ lives and it will continue to do so until there is a proper infrastructure for dealing with it. This infrastructure, discussed at length at DepressionConnect, involves community-building, outreach, and education.

The pharmaceutical industry claims to have some of the answers. Just pop a pill, you’ll feel better. The problem with this is that it only addresses the symptoms and not the root cause of the symptoms. Neurochemical disorders that cause depression can be controlled with medication, but they will still manifest themselves in other ways. The most comprehensive way to deal with depression is first to view it as a disease that must be attacked from multiple angles, just like any other disease. The list of treatments should include 1) physical health therapy, including exercise and nutrition, 2) psychological therapy, if the causes of the depression can be linked to prior trauma, such as childhood abuse or rape and 3) medication, if there is a clear chemical disorder that involves lower levels of seratonin and other neurotransmitters.

Of these, many health experts now agree that physical health therapy is one of the most important. The modern diet and lifestyle has left many people with severely malnourished bodies that run off sugar, caffeine, fast food, and adrenaline. Many of our natural physical systems are in desperate need of equilibrium and repair, which would include being cleansed of toxins, such as preservatives and pesticides in foods, saturated fats, and other unhealthy diet trends. Exercise and nutrition—which combined, can return your body to an optimal state of circulation and metabolism—should certainly be one of the initial treatment plans in attacking depression.

 

Attacking Depression


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