Depression is more than feeling sad. Clinical depression is a mood disorder that affects both mental and physical health. The cause of depression can be genetic, caused by a stressful event, or could have no specific reason. There are a number of different types of depression, including major depression, dysthymia, postpartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and seasonal affective disorder.
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Major depression also includes minor depression. If you have less than five symptoms of major depression, and they last more than 2 weeks, then you would be categorized as having minor depression. Major depression is five or more symptoms. These symptoms include sadness, becoming withdrawn, difficulty concentrating, weight loss or gain, self-hate, loss of interest in activities, thoughts of suicide, and more. Those with severe major depression can also have psychotic symptoms.
For those with any form of depression, there are some easy natural remedies you can try. If you choose to use a supplement, talk to your doctor to insure it will not cause a bad interaction with any other medication you are currently on.
Here are 15 natural remedies that you can try for treating depression.
15. Omega 3’s
Some research has found that taking omega 3 supplements with antidepressants had a better result than antidepressants alone. It has been found that people who have depression have lower levels of omega 3’s, and that countries with high levels of fish consumption have lower levels of depression. Get your omega 3’s through pills or by eating fatty fish twice a week.