How to Cure Mild Depression and Anxiety Without Medication

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Today's topic is How to Cure Mild Depression and Anxiety

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Audio Contributed by Our Friend Improvement Pill

In today's audio clip our friend Improvement Pill gives us 6 tips on how to cure mild depression and anxiety.

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Depression In Women – Causes, Types, The Impact, And The Cure

Women And Depression

Depression can affect multiple areas of a woman’s life, including physical health, social life, relationships, and career. There are several factors such as reproductive hormones, social pressures, and female response to stress, etc which can trigger depression. And guess what!!! You are not the only woman with depression!

As per WomensHealth.gov

Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. It is more than twice as common for African-American, Hispanic, and white women to have depression compared to Asian-American women. Depression is also more common in women whose families live below the federal poverty line.”

So, it’s important to know about the causes, types, and effects of depression on women so that you can tackle the issues with confidence. Treat your depression with patience and it will help you to prevent it from coming back.

What causes depression in women?

Multiple genetic, hormonal, psychological, and social factors may make a woman depressed. These are:

  • Biological and Hormonal reasons

Biological and hormonal factors are quite capable to increase depression in you. Common womanly issues such as pregnancy, infertility, perimenopause, menopause, and menstrual cycles may trigger the symptoms of depression. Most of the time due to hormonal imbalances and rapid fluctuations in reproductive hormones may cause depression in women.

  • Psychological reasons

Women are more prone to psychological causes of depression compared to men. Women are more emotional than men, so they are more likely to embrace negative thoughts while experiencing depression. Women also suffer most from stress compared to men as their increased levels of progesterone prevents stress hormones from leveling out.

  • Social reasons

Women can develop depression due to social causes such as – choice of relationships, lifestyle choices, sexual abuse during childhood, marital issues, loss of a loved one, job loss, work-life balance issues, financial troubles, use of certain medications and few stressful life events.

Now let’s check out what kind of depression women experience mostly.

Major types of depression in women:

a) Generic depression

It is normally called “Major depression” as it is a severe form of depression. In this mental condition, a woman may lose her appetite for fun and avoid activities once she enjoys the most. Major depression can affect work performance, can trigger sleep sickness, and the patient may react negatively to people around her, both in professional and personal relationships. A major depressive disorder may extend to a long period and lower the confidence level of the patient.

b) Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Depression can be triggered due to a woman’s menstrual cycle. The patient may feel severe mood swings, stress, and the surge of negative thoughts during the week before the start of menstruation. The issue may disappear once the menstrual period begins. This type of depression normally impacts the relationship between couples.

c) Perimenopausal depression

Perimenopause denotes the situation when a woman’s body is going into menopause. It is a normal phase in every woman’s life. Most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. During this situation, a woman might face abnormal periods, insomnia, mood swings, and hot flashes. It is also possible that a woman may experience irritability, anxiety, sadness, or loss of enjoyment during the perimenopausal depression period.

d) Persistent depressive disorder

The depression level is quite low in this situation. Depression period may last for two years or more depending on the patient’s current mental health. The persistent depressive disorder might be followed by a major depressive episode if not handled immediately and properly.

e) Perinatal depression

Most pregnant women can face this mental health issue more than normal women. It is also called Perinatal depression. They may also experience morning sickness, weight gain, and mood swings during this time.

After the baby's birth (postpartum), the new mother may experience the “baby blues”. The symptoms are – extreme sadness, mood swings, fatigue, lack of concentration, exhaustion, and loss of appetite.

To treat perinatal depression, you must discuss your issues with the doctor or a trained mental health care specialist. and visit a clinic. If people do not deal with their mental health disorders more positively, it might become a global epidemic. Read about the epidemic of common mental disorders and face them with confidence.

Now we can discuss the impact that depression can make on women’s mental health.

Women's HealthA common impact of depression on women's mental health:

  1. Loss of appetite and weight loss – Women may feel a loss of appetite due to depression. As a result, they will face significant weight loss.
  2. Increased appetite and weight gain – That’s exactly the opposite situation like the previous one. Women can engage in too much eating during the depression. As a result, they gain weight very quickly.

#The cure – Eat green veggies and fruits. You need to eat healthy to keep your body functions working. Vegetables and fruits can help you to sustain a balance in your body if you eat less or even overeat frequently.

  1. Loss of interest in daily activities – Women in depression may ignore their hobbies, favorite pastimes, and other social activities. They may lose interest in sex and lose the ability to feel any kind of pleasure.

#The cure – Women need to roll back into their former selves and start engaging themselves in different social activities, such as parties, family gatherings, or watching movies or plays, going to a music concert, etc. You should keep yourself busy so that you don’t have time to get depressed at all. Read books, listen to music, start gardening, prepare new dishes for your loved ones, and last but not the least…go for a vacation tour or at least a weekend ride!

  1. Insomnia or oversleeping – Too much depression can cause insomnia, and vice versa. In both cases, multiple physical issues can be seen due to improper sleeping such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain. Apart from that, the patient may also lose focus, have issues making decisions, or forget things frequently.

#The cure – The best way to cure insomnia is by listening to soft music and reading books. Try to maintain a perfect schedule for sleeping. Do not sleep more than 8 hours a day. Exercising is also helpful for good sleep. Do not overeat at night, it may hamper your digestive system and impacts your sleep.

  1. Too much anger or irritation – Women may become restless, irritated or even violent due to severe depression. The tolerance level may drop, and the patient may experience a blaze of anger.

#The cure – Try yoga and martial arts to calm your mind. Always think positive and say positive things to others. Listening to wisdom speeches may also be helpful in this situation. If you get angry, try to step back from the situation or leave the place immediately.

  1. Lack of energy – Women may easily get tired of their work and physically drained, due to depression. They may feel small works too exhausting or take much more time to finish the job.

#The cure – Good sleep and proper diet may do the trick. 8 hours of sleep can help you to get away from tiredness. Eat green veggies and fruits as much as possible, avoid junk food at any cost. Play some funky music while working, it’ll help…trust me!

  1. Reckless behavior – The patients may engage themselves in drugs, drinking, and other harmful addictions. They may also be involved in gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.

#The cure – The best way to avoid drugs and drinking is regular exercise or yoga. Concentrate on creativity to avoid harmful habits such as gambling, reckless driving, etc. Listen to music, read books, and take psychiatric sessions with professionals to calm your mind.

Conclusion

Women may face few specific depression symptoms compared to men. They may experience depression in the winter due to a lack of sunlight. They may also feel strong emotions of guilt and worthlessness. So, it is the duty of their family, friends, and other close people, to take good care of them. Depression can be cured if you support the woman with compassion.

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