Have you ever felt depressed before?

Whether you’ve just lost your job, you’re going through relationship difficulties, or you’re facing a disappointing setback, everyone feels low from time to time.

This is normal and natural, and eventually you should be able to shift yourself out of it. If you can’t, however, it may be indicative of a deeper issue.

Despite the difficulty depression can cause, however, there is hope.

Here at Mahaya Health, we offer a wide variety of natural solutions for depression.

What Is Depression? And When Is It A Problem?

Traditionally, the Western medical model tells us depression is a result of a chemical imbalance, in particular, serotonin. This is why many doctors will prescribe an SSRI – a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor – as a treatment for depression.

However, research is beginning to suggest there’s more to it than that. Rather than having too much of one chemical and not enough of another, we’re discovering a wide variety of potential causes for depression.

Some of these causes may include:

  • Genetic predisposition to depression
  • Particularly difficult life circumstances
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • The use of certain pharmaceutical drugs
  • Substance abuse
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Poor nutrition

Because there are so many potential factors at play, two people may have similar feelings of depression with completely different causes.

If your feelings of depression emerge periodically and then pass, it may not be something to worry about. However, if you’ve been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks, and you can’t connect it to a specific event, it’s possible you may be dealing with a chronic depression disorder.

Who Gets Depression?

In general, depression disorders can affect anybody. However, we do know certain populations are at greater risk than others.

In particular, you may be at greater risk for depression if you:

  • Have a history of trauma or abuse
  • Have recently experienced a trauma or loss
  • Have a history of depression in your family
  • Have a history of eating disorders
  • Have a history of substance abuse
  • Identify as someone on the LGBTQ2I+ spectrum
  • Have been diagnosed with a serious chronic illness

Complications From Depression 

The most obvious complication that can arise from depression is the long term consequence it can have on your lifestyle. Depressive disorders can lead to difficulties in your personal and professional life, and your relationships.

Long-term depression may also lead to:

  • Substance abuse
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide

Symptoms Of Depression 

There’s more to depression than just “feeling sad”. During a depressive episode, you may experience the following:

  • Irritability
  • Frustration
  • Loss of interest in most activities
  • Loss of libido
  • Insomnia or over-sleeping
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Appetite fluctuations
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Memory difficulty
  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Tearing up easily
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Self-blame
  • Suicidal thoughts

If you’re dealing with the following feelings and symptoms, and they’re present for most or all of the day, reach out for help.

Depression is a complex disorder which can take many different forms. Because there are so many different factors and conditions linked with it, it can help to explore the causes.

Here at Mahaya, we’ll work to help you uncover what the root cause is of your depression. Whether or not you’re taking a prescription anti-depressant, natural treatments can be an effective complement to medical treatment by addressing underlying causes of your depression, and by helping to relieve any symptoms you may still be experiencing, with or without medication .

Depending on the cause of your depression, we have a practitioner who can help. If, for example, your depression is linked with hypothyroidism, you may benefit from naturopathic medicine or traditional Chinese medicine . On the other hand, if it’s chronic pain that is impacting your mood, an RMT , osteopathic manual practitioner , or physiotherapist may be able to help.

And if your depression is linked with past trauma or abuse, it’s a good idea to speak with a psychotherapist. Therapy can help you work through the cause of your depression, giving you better coping mechanisms and helping you live a happier life.

Whatever it is that’s contributing to your depression, there is hope. Come visit us at Mahaya Health. 

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