Depression is a mental state in which the person has the feeling that everything is horrible and hopeless.
The symptoms of nervous depression are:
- Loss of vitality, lack of enthusiasm in general
- Loss of appetite
- Seeing everything as horrible, hopeless, etc.
- Depression is manifested in this manner in 80% of cases.
Causes: there are two forms of depression:
- Reactive Depression occurs as a reaction to some type of loss like the death of a loved one, or the loss of a business, etc.
- Organic or Endogenous Depression is caused by a chemical change in the body and in the brain. These changes can be hormonal, particularly in women during menstruation and menopause or it can also be caused by the body not properly using serotonine, and chemical substances responsible for the transmission of nerve impulses between the neurons. (See the book PROZAC by Dr. Ronald R Fiev, M.D.)
A person needs to have a positive attitude to face the negative things that happen in life. It is important to leave behind negative thoughts of powerlessness, failure, sadness and apathy. These thoughts create negative conditions that impede finding any possible solutions to problems. For this reason you should always maintain a positive attitude and positive thoughts, because they will create internally the necessary conditions to help you conquer your depressions.
A depressed person should strive to see things in a positive way to help solve problems. For this reason he or she should always remain positive and alert. Happiness is principally a mental attitude and external factors are secondary, says – P. Yogananda. We should always try to remain happy regardless of the adverse circumstances of the moment. It is important to accept what you cannot change and upon this, begin to construct a new future. Realize that the present is the only thing we can possess. The way we deal with things day-by-day is how we can obtain a better future.
In order to alleviate either of the two types of depression, nutrients are important because they fortify the brain and help in the production of the chemical neurotransmitters mentioned above (lithium & serotonine). These neurotransmitters help create an emotional equilibrium in the person. The amino acid tryptophan is responsible for the production of seotonine in the brain. When there is a lack of it in the body, organic and endogenous depression occurs.
Another amino acid that is necessary to maintain emotional equilibrium during times of stress is tyrosine. Vitamin B5 also contains tyrosine.
Ginkgo Biloba is a plant which stimulates circulation; in the brain, promoting the oxygenation and sustenance of the neurons. In the case of mental disorders where there is considerable nerve cell activity, such activity consumes a substantial amount of oxygen and nutrients. If these should be lacking, the brain will not have sufficient fuel to function properly. As a consequence, this produces a loss of vitality and increases apathy, despondency, etc.
Warning! Serious depression can cause a person to lose control and commit irredeemable acts. Consult your doctor or a psychologist who has experience in these cases to prevent a more serious problem.