Depression, both minor and major, can be a very damaging psychiatric disorder. Anxiety and depression usually go hand-in-hand, and most people tend to exhibit characteristics of both to one extent or another. Some symptoms of depression include sleep problems, no motivation, weight changes, fatigue, and an inability to feel happiness or joy. In severely depressed people, there is also the risk of suicide. The symptoms of anxiety typically involve worrying constantly, recurrent mental ideas, fears of negative evaluations by others, and problems trying to control worries. There are numerous causes implicated in the development of these disorders, including genetics, use of medications, and stress. Even moderate depression can be effectively treated with naturopathic therapies, especially nutrition. Vitamin B12 or methylcobalamin is an example of a supplement that helps to create serotonin and in high amounts can have antidepressant effects. Vitamin D is another vitamin that has been found to be deficient in those suffering from depression. Finally, there are many herbs that have shown to be effective in treating depression or anxiety, including the popular St. John’s Wort. The obstacle with many of the natural treatments used for depression is that they need to be of high quality and usually of high dose to be effective. Often, natural treatments interact with conventional medications. For this reason, it’s important to be managed by an expert who has experience and training to deal with these issues.
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