Depression – treating mood blocks to Happiness
Happiness is a combination of pleasure, fulfilmentand meaning; and distinctly: freedom from anxiety and depression.
Up to 1 in 3 of our population will experience a mood disorder at least once during our lives, which is a major concern for happiness. Anxiety affects approximately 25% of us, depression 15%.
There are several causes of these chemical imbalances, including:
It is generally accepted that depression is mediated by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain (neurotransmitters), such as serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, acetylcholine and GABA. Orthodox treatment of depression is generally aimed at modulating these pathways.
Most people experience a combination of these factors. The best recommendation is to consult a practitioner who can identify the individual contributing factors so that you can apply accurate solutions.
However, it may be helpful to try basic self-support.
If the feelings run deeper, they may be linked to trauma and loss, which can shape our conditioned patterns and core beliefs (schemas) about the world. Addressing core beliefs helps to remove the emotional reactivity in trigger situations, and can have a longer and more permanent affect in relieving depression.
Updates - 24 October 2014
Szewczyk, B Kubera, M & Nowak, G (2011), ‘The role of zinc in neurodegenerative inflammatory pathways indepression’, Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, Volume 35, Issue 3, 29 April 2011, pp: 693-701.
For a few years now we have known that depressed patients typically have low Zinc levels in their blood. Naturopaths often prescribe Zinc, knowing that it is an important mineral in the production of neurotransmitters. Now, increasing research is showing that Zinc’s effects on the immune system may also be relevant in depression. A lack of Zinc may contribute to the activation of the immune system and the resultant inflammation and neurodegeneration seen in the brain of those with the condition. Giving supplemental Zinc has shown benefits in treatment non-resistant and resistant patients. So are your Zinc levels up to scratch? Check with your Naturopath to see if you are getting enough in your diet or if you need to supplement.
|1. Herbs of Gold Extra Strength St John’s Wort 3600 (30Tabs, 60Tabs)||1 tab x 2 daily.|
|2. Herbs of Gold Omega 3 Concentrate (200 caps, 400 caps)||3 caps x 2 daily.|
|3. Thompson’s Mood Manager (30 Caps, 60 caps)||2 tab daily on an empty stomach.|
|4. Nutra Life Magnesium Complete Calm Formula (180g)||2 scoops per day|
|5. Bach Rescue Remedy (10ml, 20ml) OR||As needed.|
|5. Australian Bush Flowers Emergency Essence (30 mls)||As needed.|
|7. Musashi L-Tyrosine (50g)||1/2 - 1 tsp x 3 daily on an empty stomach away from food.|
|8. Herbs of Gold B Complete Sustained Release (60 Tabs)||1 tab with breakfast.|
NOTE: Consideration should always be given to individual requirements. Please consider seeing a qualified practitioner before commencing a new treatment protocol or when combining supplements with pharmaceutical medication.