Let’s get straight in to Part 2 of Natural Supplements for Depression and Anxiety because there’s quite a lot to cover! If you haven’t read Part 1, I strongly suggest you do, it’s a good introduction to some of the topics I’m going to discuss here which will include:
- The Toll Modern Life Takes On Our Mental Health
- Mental Health Stigma
- The Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety
- Diet, Exercise and Lifestyle
- Supplements to Support Depression and Anxiety
The Toll Modern Life Takes On Our Mental Health
Our current era is a breeding ground for conditions like depression and anxiety. It seems there’s a big price tag that comes with life in a so-called modern-society! The more we get, the more we want and Wednesday won’t do, we want it NOW!!
We are fast becoming self-perpetuated zombies swinging between overstimulation (gossip, gaming, coffee, drugs, etc.) and unconsciousness (reality TV, alcohol, prescription drugs like Oxycodone etc.). Our superficial ego is regularly indulged with a daily dose of selfies and a fakeness that would freak out any sane spectator!
We long to keep up with the Kardashians if only our debts and deficits weren’t spiralling out of control. And who cares if it’s not reality, if it feels good… just do it!
The demands of life are becoming greater and greater at the cost of our sanity and self-worth. And when all is said and done, it takes it’s toll on our mental health. We are left burned out and gravely disappointed!
I love how clinical psychologist Bruce E. Levine, PhD puts it:
“A June 2013 Gallup poll revealed that 70% of Americans hate their jobs or have ‘checked out’ of them. Life may or may not suck any more than it did a A June 2013 Gallup poll revealed that 70% of Americans hate their jobs or have “checked out” of them. Life may or may not suck any more than it did a generation ago, but our belief in “progress” has increased expectations that life should be more satisfying, resulting in mass disappointment. For many of us, society has become increasingly alienating, isolating and insane, and earning a buck means more degrees, compliance, ass-kissing, shit-eating, and inauthenticity. So, we want to rebel. However, many of us feel hopeless about the possibility of either our own escape from societal oppression or that political activism can create societal change. So, many of us, especially young Americans, rebel by what is commonly called mental illness.
We are working longer and being paid less. Instead of a touch, we send a text. Email is the new chinwag and stress, struggle and juggle…the new way of life!
It’s no wonder mental illness is on the rise!
The Stigma of Mental Health
When you are confronted with the issue of Mental Health, Mental Illness, Depression, Anxiety what image comes to mind? For many there is a negative attitude and stereotype towards people with mental illness.
You may use words like ‘mad’ ‘crazy’ or ‘weird’ to describe someone suffering with mental illness but doing so simply fuels the fire of fear and ignorance causing them to fall further into isolation.
In 1999 the U.S. Surgeon General labeled stigma as perhaps the biggest barrier to mental health care; this stigma manifests particularly in a phenomenon known as social distancing, whereby people with mental issues are more isolated from others.
Dr. Mike Friedman a clinical psychologist in Manhattan has written a wonderful article on how the stigma of Mental Health is making us sicker. Read More ⬅ here.
Stereotypes and prejudice are usually the result of misconceptions about mental illness. ‘People with mental illness are violent!’ or ‘They’re all scary’ are ideas that generate a negative emotional reaction towards the mental health population.
Stigmas about mental illness seem to be widely endorsed by the general public in the Western world. Studies suggest that the majority of citizens in the United States and many Western European nations have stigmatising attitudes about mental illness.
Stigmas attached to mental illness is often the cause of individuals dropping out of treatment or avoid it entirely for fear of being associated with negative stereotypes.
A new report, published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, investigates stigma as a significant barrier to care for many individuals with mental illness. Psychological scientist Patrick W. Corrigan of the Illinois Institute of Technology and lead author on the report notes:
‘that stigma often becomes structural when it pervades societal institutions and systems. The fact that mental health care is not covered by insurance to the same extent as medical care, and the fact that mental health research is not funded to the same levels as medical research, are two clear indications that stigma targeted at mental illness continues to exist at the structural level.’
Raising awareness and debunking some of the media stereotypes can help to reduce many prejudices surrounding mental illness. This article is a great resource and links to groups like “Time to Change”, one of the biggest programs attempting to address mental health stigma and is supported by both charities and mental health service providers.
Symptoms of Depression
As a society there is every reason to be concerned about the growing number of people suffering with depression and anxiety. Both conditions are treatable with psychotherapy and tablets that treat the symptoms of depression. When depression is left untreated it can cause shrinkage of key brain areas.
It can also go on to worsening depression, thoughts of suicide and other medical conditions. It is important to recognise the signs so you can get help right away!
What ever you are dealing with, if you have thoughts of suicide you can get connected to a skilled, trained counsellor at a crisis centre in your area, anytime 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255). U.S and click here for a list of help centres in the UK.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression include:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Loss of interest in daily activities.
- Appetite or weight changes.
- Changes in sleep patterns changes.
- Anger or irritability.
- Fatigue and Loss of energy.
- Reckless behaviour
- Concentration problems.
- Unexplained aches and pains.
Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety is characterised by “persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things”. Because anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions rather than a single disorder, they can look very different from person to person. One individual may suffer from intense anxiety attacks that strike without warning, while another gets panicky at the thought of mingling at a party. Signs and Symptoms include:
- Feelings of apprehension or dread
- Trouble concentrating
- Feeling tense and jumpy
- Anticipating the worst
- Watching for signs of danger
- Feeling like your mind’s gone blank
- Pounding heart
- Stomach upset or dizziness
- Frequent urination or diarrhea
- Shortness of breath
- Tremors and twitches
- Muscle tension
There are six major types of anxiety disorders, each with their own distinct symptom profile:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder, (GAD)
- Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, (OCD)
- Panic Disorder (anxiety attacks)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder.
Click here for a complete description including self-help advice and suggestions.
Diet Exercise and Lifestyle
Diet and exercise won’t get rid of depression and anxiety but eating right and making good lifestyle choices can certainly make you feel better about life and of course supports your overall health.
Eating a healthy diet may help as part of an overall treatment for depression. So be sure to pack your plate with a full and colourful range of fruit and vegetables. Include anti-oxidant bursting foods, Omega-3 fatty acids and foods rich in protein, selenium, vitamin D and the vitamin B complex including B6 (pyridoxine) and B3 (niacin).
This is a great resource to get you started here.
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As a fitness fanatic myself I regularly experience the endorphin highs that come with exercise. Though I have not cycled in a while, these feel good hormones were in abundance while cycling around London or the countryside! I simply cannot imagine starting my day without my early morning run which keeps me at the peak of perfect health!
I recall bumping into a fellow cyclist one day outside my local grocery (Tesco’s). We got chatting and she began telling me about her history of mental health and extensive medication regime. I was astounded to hear that she was able to come off her meds altogether once she became an avid cyclist!
I am by no means suggesting you stop taking your medication and replace it with exercise or do any such thing without consulting your GP. But I do know the power of exercise and thought I’d share a real life story with you!
Exercise can ease depression and anxiety which is supported by the Mayo’s Clinic’s article here.
Your lifestyle choices can be the difference between good management and a down hill spiral when it comes to depression. Smoking and alcohol in most circumstances never support good health but as a sufferer of depression, you’d definitely want to show it the door! A study in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that smokers had more than twice the rate of depression than non-smokers. And nearly one-third of people with major depression also have an alcohol problem.
People reach for a cigarette or a glass of wine to help them get over the blues. It is a learned coping mechanism that brings temporary relief to their current mental state. But really it’s a bit like putting a band-aid on a gun-shot wound! It doesn’t come close if you’re trying to stop the bleeding!
Read more on the relationship between alcohol and depression.
While eating a healthy diet does wonders for your health and well-being, the opposite is true when you don’t and impacts depression is a negative way.
Junk food junkies are much more likely to end up overweight and obese and being overweight is a bummer for your depression! The psychological effects of being overweight can be extremely damaging to your body image and self-esteem. It can further alienate you and give you every reason to hide yourself in your depression and from the rest of world.
Carrying the extra pounds puts weight on your quality of life, pun intended! 🙂 It is more likely to affect your mood and almost certainly colours your outlook on life.
When you are overweight the cost to your physical health is a hefty one! Pun intended again! 🙂 You are likely to suffer from a multitude of other disease all adding to the burden of depression. Research has shown that poorer health is linked to anxiety, depression and lower levels of wellbeing.
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Staying at a healthy weight makes sense for a healthy heart, slender body and a happy mind!
Is There a Price to Pay for Promiscuity?
A recent study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology suggests that teenagers who engage in casual sex are more likely to suffer from depression than their peers who don’t engage in casual sex.
Read Psychology Today’s thoughts on this here.
What you choose for your life should always be conducive to your health and wellbeing!
Nutritional Supplements That May Support Depression and Anxiety
‘There are many different factors that contribute to the group of signs and symptoms we call “Depression. These can include diet, sleep, emotions, stress, biochemistry and a long list of other contributors.’ Dr Myron Wentz
My recommendations are designed to support depression that may have dietary or nutrient deficiencies as a possible root cause or contributor.
Popping pills is NEVER the solution even dietary pills that have far less risk to your health. I always recommend taking a holistic approach that includes diet, lifestyle and pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements. Read My Blog Here to find out why you should ONLY consider pharmaceutical grade.
Basic Supplement Program to Support Depression includes the following:
Liver Support Formula (Milk thistle, Lipoic acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Turmeric)
Vitamin D (be sure to test your blood levels first!)
Melatonin Pure rest
Fiber (ensure adequate water intake)
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