Understanding the Precursors of Depression What to do with Depression…
Some people attribute the momentary depression . In fact, depression is a disease that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, and behavior. According to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), there are three major diseases that need attention in the world in 2020, and depression is one of them.
Depression is often not immediately noticed or not receiving proper depression treatment. Depressed people sometimes deny or neglect their symptoms, or think that they are caused by short-term stress. Sometimes they may link depression with their own personality traits, personality, and life frustrations, and they may not necessarily seek help from doctors or others.
Depression precursors, warning signs
Continuous sadness, melancholy most of the day
Irritability or unusual anxiety, restlessness
No feeling for past hobbies, loss of interest in life
Weight loss or weight gain, inadvertently becoming thin or unconsciously overeating and gaining weight (the amount of serotonin in the brain of patients with depression is lower, and the specific type of serotonin receptor 5HT-2c is related to appetite)
Insomnia or too much sleep: depression is a common cause of insomnia. It may wake up early, bored, upset, or it may be very late that only oneself wakes up and feels empty and lonely.
Tiredness and loss of vitality, speech and body movements may become slow
Loss of concentration, loss of concentration, and hesitancy in thinking
Extreme mood changes, from joy to despair in a short period of time
Feeling helpless, feeling hopeless about life and the future, pessimistic, not believing that things will improve
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt for no reason, feel that you are a burden on others, do wrong things, and be sorry for others
Looking for shortcomings or repeated thoughts of death, there may be thoughts like “If you die, you will be relieved.” People with depression often think of various topics about death, such as the death of relatives, pets, or other deaths. The thought of suicide is also one of the characteristics of “depression.” If you find such signs, be sure to seek professional counseling or treatment immediately.
Side effects of western medicine: uncomfortable, suicidal impulse
Depression alone does not cause people to commit suicide, but overdose of western medicine can often make people with depression suicide successfully. People with depression find it very painful to be alive. Many patients want to commit suicide, but they have only motivation but no execution, and usually do not act. In other words, many people have depression but do not commit suicide. Suicide is often due to taking antidepressant drugs.
The cause of depression is the low concentration of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin can make people feel happy. As long as we increase the serotonin in the brain of patients with depression, the patient’s mood will improve and the symptoms will be relieved. The main mechanism of anti-depressant western medicine is to inhibit the recovery of serotonin, that is, to inhibit the decomposition of serotonin, so that serotonin stays for a longer time after secretion, so it has an effect on anti-depression, but this mechanism of inhibiting decomposition is in the brain Will feel very uncomfortable, this feeling may make him have the impulse and ability to commit suicide.
Use a high-rise fire as an analogy: no matter how high the floor is, someone will always jump down because he feels that the air outside the window is fresh and cool. Jumping from a building feels more comfortable than being burned by the fire, and it seems that there is a chance to survive. This misjudgment of the lesser of the two evils can be used to describe the uncomfortable conditions caused by many depression patients taking antidepressant drugs. Finally, on impulse, suicide succeeds.
Prevalence of depression
The World Health Organization predicts that the world’s top ten diseases in 2020 will be the second largest disease in depression
Depression is not only the most common mental illness, it will soon become the most common illness. So everyone should understand the ins and outs of depression and learn how to deal with depression. Patients with severe depression still have to rely on western medicine intervention at the beginning; but for moderate and mild patients, they can be quickly improved by natural means.
Main causes of depression: low-protein diet, stress (the gap between expectations and reality is too big)
Low-protein diet: such as organic diet, detox meal. Serotonin in the human brain is converted from tryptophan (an amino acid), and tryptophan comes from protein in the diet. Therefore, when the protein intake in food is insufficient, serotonin is lacking, which indirectly leads to depression.
Stress: Stress is related to many diseases, but the stress of depression is a bit different. It mainly comes from “the gap between expectations and reality is too large.”
For example, a patient used to be a junior high school teacher who had high expectations of himself and his students, but the gap with reality was too great, the problem could not be dealt with, and he developed depression. More patients, usually women, are the cause of depression due to the other half having an affair.
Hypothyroidism, hypochlorhydria, unstable blood sugar, anemia: In addition, depression may be caused by the above 4 diseases or accelerate the production of depression.
How to cure depression? Explore from 4 aspects
Diet: food quartiles, lean meat + stomach acid
Food quartile: vegetables, fruits, starch, and protein are each 1/4.
For patients with depression, it is recommended to supplement protein with lean meat (fat is easy to contain fat-soluble toxins), and eat 1/4 or even 1/3 of a meal. When eating lean meat, it is recommended to supplement natural gastric acid to assist in the digestion and decomposition of protein.
Nutrition: yeast B group, yeast zinc, yeast iron, vitamin C
Group B and zinc are very important coenzymes in the brain, allowing the nerves to function normally. In addition, yeast itself contains special nutrients that can be converted into serotonin in the brain. There are not many scientific papers to prove it, but clinical use is very effective. People with anemia problems can add yeast iron. It is recommended to eat separately from yeast zinc to avoid competition between zinc and iron. Vitamin C is closely related to the synthesis of thyroxine, so the amount should be sufficient.
Special natural medicines: Tryptophan, 5HTP, St. John’s Wort, American Ginseng, Natural Thyroxine
In the brain: Tryptophan→5-HTP→Serotonin
Therefore, tryptophan or 5-HTP can be supplemented. Saint John’s Wort is a common herbal medicine in Europe and the United States. It is dried into a tincture to treat depression. Citi Ginseng is also available, but the effect is less direct. About 28% of patients with depression have the problem of hypothyroidism (for example, often cold hands and feet, very afraid of cold), and natural thyroxine can be supplemented.
Sports: table tennis> badminton> walking
Previously, I shared my clinical experience when working in the psychiatric department of President Rongrong: playing table tennis improved the depression of many patients under the condition of no changes in diet and medication.
From the effect point of view: table tennis> badminton> walking> other sports (such as: weightlifting, basketball, yoga, boxing, etc.). Exercise can promote the secretion of serotonin in the brain, which is helpful for depression; but table tennis is not only exercise, but also joins hand-eye coordination, concentration, and response training.
Table tennis (recommended twice a day, 30 minutes each time) plus the aforementioned diet, nutrition and natural medicines can almost cure mild, moderate and initial patients without relying on western medicine; if it is severe, long-term (>10 years) ) Must be assisted by western medicine.