This is how I am with depression, I see the signs in women everywhere.
After having, my own depressive episode, I have become very interested in this topic. Perhaps I focus on women because I am one, or maybe men seem to hide it better.
According to the Mayo Clinic 1in 5 women will suffer from depression, and twice as many women as men will have major depression in their lifetime. Hormonal imbalances from are listed among the top causes. This seems so obvious, when you think of what a woman's body experiences from puberty to childbirth to menopause.
Biology alone is not the problem. Culture and life situations play a major role as well. While many women work outside the home, most still shoulder the greater burden of childcare and domestic responsibility. Women are much more likely to live in poverty than men. Yes, even in 2013 this is a sad fact!
Women who were abused, either as children or adults- sexually or emotionally often suffer from low self esteem, and are more likely to suffer from depression.
Mayo Clinic also states that there is a strong link between women with eating disorders and depression. Some people will self medicate with alcohol, but this just worsens depression and makes it harder to treat.
I have a friend who was depressed and it took the Dr. she had waited weeks to see, 10 minutes to diagnose her as bi-polar and medicate her. Among the side effects she experienced were paranoia, anxiety, ringing in her ears and weight gain. She took herself off the medication and forced herself out for a walk daily, no matter how cold it was. On sunny days she would go outside and sit with her face in the sun. She used positive affirmations of self love and prayer. She healed herself. The Doctor never asked her about her hormones her personal life, her work, if she had ever been abused etc. He just spent 10 minutes said she was bi polar and dispensed drugs. This story makes me incredibly angry because it is not far from my own.
I have two major issues. The first is that mental healthcare in America is a mess, and is driven by profit hungry pharmaceutical companies. The second is lumping all of the above issues under one big gloomy word,depression- and that word does not even scratch the surface of what is really going on.
This is my short list of suggestions for treating depression naturally. My list is based on what has worked for me and some of the women I have interviewed.
* Exercise- a brisk 30 minute walk
* Yoga and Meditation
* Express Gratitude
* Self Love in HUGE amounts ( heal your self esteem)
* Limit alcohol to one glass of wine with dinner
* Eliminate wheat and processed foods
* Supplements such as Sam e, B Complex and D-3
* Cultivate relationships (do not isolate)
* Find work you love
* Help someone else
* EFT (emotional freedom technique) tapping
* Balance your Chakras
* SMILE ( until your face hurts!)
The Tapping Solution- Nick Ortner
Mind Over Medicine- Lissa Rankin
Wisdom of Menopause- Dr Christiane Northrup
Secrets of Meditation- Davidji
The Healing Power of Reiki- Raven Keyes