Let’s ask ourselves what depression is and what the clinical definition of depression is.  Here are the eight primary areas that can offer depression for certain individuals who will admit it to themselves.  The average person will not admit that they are depressed but look for other ways to define it. Denial is the first inter thoughts that lead us astray from our positive subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is working night and day.
1. Poor appetite accompanied by weight loss, or increased appetite accompanied by weight gain.
2.Insomnia or excessive sleep habits.
3.Physical hyperactivity or inactivity.
4.Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, or decrease in sexual drive.
5.Loss of energy, feelings of fatigue.
6.Feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach, or inappropriate guilt.
7.Diminished ability to think or concentrate.
8.Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
   If you can apply any of these traits to any type of relationship in your life then you need to start asking yourself if you need to be concerned.  Your biggest enemy is your self or your subconscious mind that will house all of your problems and bring them forth when you least expect it.  If you have five of these traits then you have depression and need to admit to yourself and seek help in some area. Depression is nothing more than a disorder in moods.  Mood swings that you feel you cannot control.  You need to think of yourself before you start thinking of others.  How can you help others if you cannot respect or help your self?  Mood is a prolonged emotional tone that dominates an individual’s life or actions in life. Let’s define some normal areas such as sadness, grief, elation etc. they are typical, and are a part of ever day life.  Moods might be different for individuals. Depression is a mood disorder.  We need to recognize this as the culprit in our life’s if that area is prominent to you. If you are driving through life try to take time to smell the roses and look upon such beauty as your self, nature and friends. Even the ugliest person is beautiful if you take time to look. Try to listen to positive thoughts not negative. If you fill your subconscious mind with positive affirmation then there isn’t room for negative thoughts. Awareness is the most important affirmation in your subconscious. To be aware is to be comfortable. To be aware is to extinguish stress or dis-ease (disease).
    Depression affects an estimated 17 million Americans every year, making it one of the most common medical problems in the United States.  It affects young and old, and is twice as common in women as in men.
   Depression is a whole-body illness, one that affects the body, nervous system, moods, thought, and behavior.  It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you react to and think about the people and things around you even your relatives, friends, lover or spouse etc. It can work in two ways you or others can bring on the depression.  Symptoms can last for weeks, months, and years.  There are many types of depression as said before; they are with variations in many numbers of symptoms. They are persistent and severe.  People with severe depression withdraw and hide from society.  They lose interest in things around them and become incapable of experiencing pleasure.  Some are subjected to depression through relationships. Sometimes the dominant person in the relationship uses areas to bring on depression, to dominate the opposite sex or weaker vessel.  Sometimes things appear bleak and time seems to slow down in the relationship and there is no place or person to turn to understand their misery.  A person with depression may be angry and irritable, sad and despairing, or display little or no emotions at all or maybe display too many emotions. This can be used by the opposite person to their advantage in a relationship.  Depressive manipulation brought on by control. Control is something that everyone with a large ego has to have within his powers.
    There are two types of depression, unipolar and bipolar.  Unipolar is usually when it appears or often occurs at least several times in someone’s life.  Bipolar disorders usually begin as depression but as they continue they involve depression and mania. Bipolar depression is known as maniac depression.
    The causes of depression are not fully understood.  There are many arenas of depression, they may be triggered by tension, stress,, an unpleasant association with others,  a traumatic event in your life,, chemical imbalances in the brain and many, many others.  Whatever the factors that trigger it, depression begins with a disturbance in the part of the brain that governs a substantial mood.  Mood swings alternate.


    In your subconscious mind most people can handle everyday stresses.  When stress is too great for a person and his/her adjustment is unresponsive, depression may be triggered. This can be brought forth in your subconscious mind by association with others and may be friends close to you.
    Foods also can bring on depression.  Even unconscious thinking of negative habits can bring depression.  Living in the past can bring about bouts with depression. If the past is negative then forget the past and remember the good times.  Even the worst times can be positive. Have you ever looked at someone or something that you cannot see love or a positive in it? I have, and I always try to see the positive. Most people go through low grade depression each day.  It is called dysthmia.  This type of depression involves long term and or recurring depressive symptoms that are not necessarily disabling but keep a person from functioning normally and interfere with social interactions and enjoyment of life.  Just a little of everyday depression can bring you down quickly.  You have to be alert and face the problem and get on your feet and start walking and talking. Talk is the best thing for depression but most people don’t want to talk about themselves or others.   Yet some like to talk about others quite often and they also spread rumors and cause the recipient to have a bout with depression.   This type of depression has been found and results from unconscious negative thinking habits.
    Some people even become more depressed in the winter months when the days are shorter and darker.  People who are depressed seem want to lie in bed and try to forget their troubled mind but they just lay there and become more depressed.  You must get up and walk through life like anyone else.
    Foods greatly influence the brain’s behavior.  A poor diet especially one with a lot of junk foods, is a common cause of depression.  Have you noticed that in this present time that more juveniles get depression than many years ago?  It is because of all the food they eat. It affects their brain.  The levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are closely linked to mood.  The neurotransmitters most commonly associated with mood are dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.  When it produces more dopamine or norepinephrine, we tend to think and act more quickly and are generally more alert.  All of this has something to do with our nervous system.  Most people ignore depression and do not seek medical attention. Here are some herbs that might be helpful for depression. This is for educational purposes and not to be intended to treat, diagnose, or cure depression.  If you are taking other medications for depression then you should not take herbs or alternative medicines unless you consult your physician or healthcare professional.
Balm: also known as lemon balm is good for the stomach and digestive organs during stressful situations.
Ephedra (ma huang) may be helpful for lethargic depression (Caution: Do use this herb if you suffer from anxiety disorder, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or insomnia, or  if you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drug.)
Ginger, ginkgo biloba, licorice root, oat straw, peppermint, and Siberian ginseng may be helpful. (Caution: Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row.  Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.  Do not use Siberian ginseng if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a hear disorder.)
Kava kava helps to induce calm and relieve depression. (Caution This herb can cause drowsiness.  If this occurs discontinue or reduce the dosage.  Do not use kava kava if you are e pregnant or nursing, or if you are taking antidepressants.  Long-term use of kava kava may result in dry scaly skin and yellowish discoloration of the hair and nails.)
St John’s Wort:  Acts in the same way as monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors do, but less harshly.
(Caution:  Do not use this herb if you take prescription antidepressants or any medication that interacts with monoamine oxidase (MAO’S) inhibitor drugs.  Use it with caution when pregnant.
Recommendations:  Eat a diet that includes plenty of raw fruits and vegetables, with soybeans and soy products, whole grains, seeds, nuts, brown rice, millet, and legumes. A diet too low in carbohydrates can cause serotonin depletion and depression.
    If you are nervous and wish to become more relaxed, consume more complex carbohydrates.  For increased alertness eat more protein meals containing essential fatty acids.  Salmon and white fish are


good choices.  If you need your spirits lifted, you will; benefit from eating foods like turkey and salmon, which are high in tryptophan and protein. Omit wheat products from the diet.  Wheat gluten has been linked to depressive disorders.
    Avoid diet sodas and other products containing the artificial sweetener aspartame.  (NutraSweet, Equal).  This additive can block the formation of serotonin and cause headaches, insomnia, and depression in individuals who are already serotonin deprived.  Avoid foods high in saturated fats. Avoid all forms of sugar, including normally good sweeteners such as honey, molasses, and fruit juice.  The body reacts more quickly to the presence of sugar than it  does to the presence of carbohydrate. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and processed foods. 
    Keep your mind active and keep busy doing what is pleasant to you. Don’t let anyone tell you that what you are doing isn’t important.  If it is important to you then it is important so someone else. Take command of your life and let everyone know you can walk with you head high.  Don’t let others make you become depressed. 
    Remember depression is apart of aging, but it is frequently linked to age related nutritional problems such as B-Vitamin deficiencies or poor eating habits.  Older people who suffer from depression are e as likely to benefit from treatment as a person in any other age bracket.
    People who smoke are more likely to have depression than non smokers.
You can take command of your life and think positive. Don’t let anything worry you or make you depressed.  Take time to slow down and listen to your heart and not to your subconscious depressive moods. You can win and you can also become a happy person and live an ordinary life.  Take time to smell the roses and enjoy life.  It isn’t that long until we will pass over and you need the experience of this live to contend with the other. Don’t worry about the past.  The past is history, the rest is mystery and today is gift that is why we call it the present. Take Care.

This information is for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, any diseases mental or physical.  This information has not been approved by the FDA.