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Overcoming Sadness and Depression, Naturally

by David Dancu
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Finally, pay attention to the words being used. There are words and phrases that are reflective of suicidal thoughts based on underlying depression. The key is to be aware of unusual behavior or words and take action before they reach a self destructive or suicidal stage. These can include phrases like: "I wish I were dead", "What's the point of living", "I have no joy in my life", "Things will be better when I'm gone", or "They won't have me to kick around much longer". As a preliminary response, you might consider counseling or one of the following alternatives. Please bear in mind that depression is difficult to self diagnose, but the feeling that "something is not right", with a chronic desire to continually sleep, should lead one to consider help.

Certain herbs have wonderful curative abilities relating to depression. A few are discussed here:

St. Johns Wort is probably one of the most discussed and available herbs around.

It has nutrient value to the nerves and has quietly provided an alternative to
Prozac as an antidepressant. Remember that when taking any traditional drug or herbal compound, there can be unexpected side effects. In this case, St. Johns
Wort can CAUSE anxiety as it increases levels of dopamine in the brain, so avoid it if there is recurring anxiety.

Licorice Root tends to replenish the adrenals, allowing a more relaxed state. This herb should not be used for those with hypertension or high blood pressure.

Passion Flower is another calmative for the nerves, reducing anxiety and high blood pressure while encouraging sleep. 

Valerian assists with all types of mood problems, as well as nervous tension, anxiety, stress and insomnia. 

Scullcap is another adrenal herb, but also has been very effective for nerves, high blood pressure, worry, restlessness and emotional conflict. 

I recommend that these herbs be taken from liquid tinctures, 40 drops once a day, after the evening meal. As with any type of herb, do not overdo it. More is not necessarily better. If you notice improvement, reduce the amount taken and find a maintenance dose. Try one at a time to determine how each will work for you. Give it a week or so before adding another herb. As these herbs are generally considered calmatives, they tend to quiet nerves and may increase serotonin. Serotonin acts to eliminate depression at higher levels in the brain.


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