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What are some natural herbs I can buy that will lift my bad mood, depression, or calm my nerves?

What are some natural herbs I can buy that will lift my bad mood, depression, or calm my nerves?

Depends: Depending on how bad your mood is there are a number of options. The best studied for mild depression is st johns wort but if your mood is only sometimes bad then something milder like chamomile tea can help. If you are having insomnia then melatonin might help you sleep and better sleep will lead to better mood. Exercise is also an excellent antidepressant. If more severe, then same can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is depression a ‘natural’ condition?

Is depression a ‘natural’ condition?

Can be: When we suffer a loss or face stress we may feel depressed but the type of depression that is considered an illness is one that it is more disruptive long lasting and disabling. The 1st type is a natural reaction to something, whereas the latter is a medical disorder needing treatment. ...Read more

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How can I treat depression naturally?

How can I treat depression naturally?

Many ways...: Regular exercise, a healthful diet, stable sleep and waking times, a structured work-day (even when motivation is low), support from loved ones and giving support to others (!), daily meditation or prayer as best suits your spiritual outlook, someone to speak about your feelings regularly. Natural herbs (st. John's wort) may help, too, but these are really just meds! ask a pro if persistent. ...Read more

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Natural ways to help with depression?

Natural ways to help with depression?

Many: Psychotherapy can be very natural; also so is eating a healthy anti-inflammatory diet low in processed foods and high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish. Exercising is natural. St. John's wort can help moderate depression; sam-e can help also. Classical homeopathy with a skilled homeopath can be very helpful in understanding self, and moving towards healing. Authentic care for self. ...Read more

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How can I treat depression naturally?

How can I treat depression naturally?

Natural treatment: By naturally, i'm assuming that you mean without medications. If that is the case, i would recommend therapy, without herbal supplements. Therapy has been shown to be quite effective for many people who suffer with this illness. ...Read more

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What can I do naturally for depression?

What can I do naturally for depression?

Wait: in most cases, depression is a self limited illness that will get better with time. "Un-natural" treatments such as herbs, pills, ECT, psychotherapy only shorten the duration, lessen the severity, and prevent recurrence. You can also try to stay active and don't do anything irreversible (e.g. harming self, others, get a divorce). These may be hard to do when depression is severe. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to fight depression?

Is there a natural way to fight depression?

Clinical depression?: There r herbs, light therapy, cognitive therapy & all of the therapies described in "the noonday deamon" but why not utilize medicines that r usually effective? ...Read more

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Are there natural ways to treat depression?

Are there natural ways to treat depression?

Natural aids: Exercise is a natural antidepressant. Even when you feel like staying in bed, get up and exercise. It will improve your mood. Laughter is also a natural antidepressant. See a funny movie. Laugh out loud. Speak with a friend. Go to a mall, it may help you get your mind off your troubles. Listen to music it may also help improve your mood. Therapy is also a huge help so why not take advantage of it? ...Read more

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What can I do to cure depression naturally?

What can I do to cure depression naturally?

Start with talking : Therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy). Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Having a support system is very important. Get out. Don’t allow yourself to stagnate at home. Work to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night & eat as healthfully as possible. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. ...Read more

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What should I do to stop my depression naturally?

What should I do to stop my depression naturally?

Lifestyle Changes: Lifestyle changes can be a powerful way to treat depression. Research shows that regular exercising (vigorously if your doctor approves) helps. Meditation has also been shown to help for some people. Psychotherapy, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy, has been shown to help. Consult with your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Is there any ways to over come depression naturally?

Is there any ways to over come depression naturally?

Possibly: It is always worthwhile to engage in activities that contribute to overall health. This applies to a person's mood as well as other medical issues. Adequate sleep, consistent nutrition and exercise, and healthy relationships will always contribute to good emotional health. People also benefit from activities that give them a sense of purpose and value. Therapy and natural supplements can also help. ...Read more

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Which type of natural products can help with the depression?

Which type of natural products can help with the depression?

Natural treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort) and vitamins such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. There is no diet that will cure depression but eating smartly can help. Limit sugars and instead choose smart carbs (i.e. Legumes, whole grains) and foods rich in antioxidants(i.e. Blueberries, broccoli). Don't forget exercise! ...Read more

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What are the Natural food & things that helps reduce Depression.

What are the Natural food & things that helps reduce Depression.

Many approaches: There are many natural treatments for depression, including counseling, healthy diet,exercise,fish oil, B complex, vit. D, 5-HTP and SAMe, herbs like St. John's wort, rhodiola and curcumin, homeopathic medicines & magnetic therapy. Treatment is best individualized. If one is hypothyroid then thyroid hormone helps. If one is allergic to gluten then avoid it, etc. I advise seeing an integrative doc. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the natural safe remedies for depression?

Natural treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), journaling and support groups. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. If you have severe depression which is adversely affecting your ability to function, please see a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Does forced or natural intovert behaviour can lead to depression and health problems?

Does forced or natural intovert behaviour can lead to depression and health problems?

Possibly: While depression is more common among people with introverted personality styles, other styles tend to have their own complications. Your question, something about natural or forced, isn't fully clear. ...Read more

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I do not like taking pills and im looking for a more natural way to treat my depression. Any suggestions?

I do not like taking pills and im looking for a more natural way to treat my depression. Any suggestions?

Natural aids: Exercise is a natural antidepressant. Even when you feel like staying in bed, get up and exercise. It will improve your mood. Laughter is also a natural antidepressant. See a funny movie. Laugh out loud. Speak with a friend. Go to a mall, it may help you get your mind off your troubles. Listen to music it may also help improve your mood. Therapy is also a huge help so wy not take advantage of it? ...Read more

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What to do if I do not like taking pills and i'm looking for a more natural way to treat my depression. Any suggestions?

What to do if I do not like taking pills and i'm looking for a more natural way to treat my depression. Any suggestions?

Suggestions.: Start with talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy). Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. Recommend the “feeling good book' ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for depression?

Is there a natural cure for depression?

Yes!: The first thing you need to do is to assess your safety. If you feel you want to hurt yourself or others, go to your nearest emergency room. That said, mild to moderate exercise has been shown to instill a sense of well being. Exposure to limited sunlight (with spf protection) is helpful as well. St johns wort was thought to be partially effective but newer studies have failed to demonstrate it. ...Read more

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What are the natural depression treatment methods?

What are the natural depression treatment methods?

Some options: Start with talking therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy). Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book" ...Read more

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Can herbs help with depression and anxiety?

Can herbs help with depression and anxiety?

Natural drugs: Herbs can be of use in depression and anxiety however like any substance carry both risk and benefit. St. Johns wort is the most commonly used herbal treatment for depression. It works similar to the ssri medications and therefore carries some of the same risks. Valerian and other herbs have been used successfully for anxiety but also carry some side effects. Talk w your doc! ...Read more

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