A Different Kind Of Pain: Natural Treatments For Depression
June 30th, 2018
Sometimes people think of pain in terms of only physical pain. However, depression can sometimes be just as debilitating. Around 7% of adults in America struggle with depression, and it is more commonly reported in women than men. Depression is tricky, and in some ways, can be even harder to treat than physical pain.
Depression can interfere with many aspects of your daily life. As noted in a recent blog from What Helps Pain, Depression Symptoms and Natural Remedies For Depression, symptoms can affect your work, your relationship, your dreams, your hobbies, and every aspect of your daily life. “It’s like walking around with a anvil sitting on your chest, an anvil that’s no less heavy for the fact that no one can see it.” The fact that this is an invisible illness can make it even harder to seek help and to find an adequate support system.
Depression is much different than sadness, even though the two are often conflated. Sadness is normal, but persistent sadness and loss of interest in things you once loved can be a sign of a deeper problem, especially if this lasts for more than a few weeks. According to the blog, you may also have symptoms like lacking energy or motivation, feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, agitation, sleeping problems, and in more serious cases, thoughts of suicide. If you are having these symptoms, it is important that you seek help. Sometimes, medications may be necessary. “For some with depression, antidepressant medications are very helpful. For others, the side effects can be almost as bad as the disease.”
Sometimes depression symptoms can be treated naturally. . There is also evidence to suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can significantly improve many depression symptoms, including anxiety and loss of energy. “Omega-3 supplements are fairly recent natural treatments for depression, and there are no known side effects at this point except for a bit of a questionable aftertaste, depending on the brand.”
Seeking the help of a licensed therapist can be very effective in the treatment of depression, and is arguably the most important step to recovery. “Even if you choose not to take any supplements or antidepressant medications, therapy can be a big help.” Therapists can also give you tools to help you cope, and may be able to guide you toward other methods of alleviating symptoms, such as exercise.
Whathelpspain.com knows that pain comes in many shapes, sizes, and varieties, including emotional pain. We also know that many chronic pain sufferers also struggle with depression. For more information regarding a variety of treatments for all kinds of pain, visit our blog. If you are struggling with depression, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Kerri Gaither (Bamboo Marketing Solutions, LLC)