How To Feel Great Again
By Mr. Steven Horne
Don't Let Mood Disorders Keep You Down
About one in four adult Americans suffer from mood disorders. If your emotions feel stuck in some negative state, don't just mask the symptoms with drugs. Counseling, good nutrition, lifestyle changes and some carefully selected supplements can get you jumping for joy again.
If you have problems with your mood, you are not alone. About 15 million Americans suffer from clinical depression. Another 19 million suffer from anxiety disorders, such as panic, obsession, phobias and post traumatic stress disorder. All together, one in four Americans suffer from a diagnosable mood disorder.
Drug companies have turned mood disorders into diseases to be treated with drugs. Tranquilizers, sleeping pills, anti-depressants and other drugs that affect the brain and nervous system account for an estimated $76 billion of the $300 billion in drug sales (www.addictionbyprescription.com). Time Magazine reported in January 2010 that antidepressants are so popular that one in ten Americans take them. Consumer Reports said that although seven sessions of counseling were just as effective in treating depression as drugs, 80% of Americans preferred taking drugs.
A better diet, basic supplements, proper hydration, cleansing, exercise and rest will help you feel better no matter what your mood. However, there are also specific things you can do for specific mood issues that will help you start to feel great again. Here are some additional suggestions for specific mood disorders.
In her book, Why Suffer? Ann Wigmore reports a similar correlation between nutrition and mental and emotional well being. She tells the story of a man who bred mice for pet shops. His mice were healthy until someone talked him into feeding them leftover scraps from a restaurant. Within a few days of being on this diet the mice began to act in deranged ways, even to the point of fighting and killing each other. When the man went back to feeding them a healthy mouse chow, these problems stopped.
Research linking poor nutrition with depression, anxiety, irritability, antisocial behavior, criminal behavior and even mental illness has been around for a long time. Unfortunately, many people suffering from mood disorders would rather pop a pill than change their diet, even though they would feel much happier and healthier if they did.
Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is a major contributing factor to mood disorders. Rapid rises in blood sugar from refined sugar and caffeine are followed by rapid drops in blood sugar that leave a person feeling tired, confused, irritated or even out of control.
A diet of meat and vegetables, along with whole grains and fresh fruits, while refraining from refined sugar, white flour, alcohol and caffeine, has been shown to be helpful for improving both mood and behavior in schools and even prisons. It has also been shown to help certain forms of mental illness, including schizophrenia. So, if you are in a bad mood, one of the fastest ways to start feeling better is to start eating fresh, healthy and natural food and avoid modern, processed and refined, junk foods.
Attention Deficit (behavioral issues)
Good fats, in the form of omega-3 fatty acids, will also help improve mood. Many children and adults suffering from ADHD, hyperactivity and other behavioral problems will show improvement when fed healthy fats, such as DHA or Super Omega-3 EPA.
See also homeopathic remedy ADD hp (very popular with children!).
B-Complex vitamins and vitamin C are also helpful because they nourish the nerves and the adrenal glands. Nutri-Calm is a great supplement for easing general feelings of anxiety and promoting overall nervous system health.
SuperAlgae supplies amino acids to aid neurotransmitter function in the brain. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar and energy levels, especially when used with licorice root. If you have cravings for sugar and caffeine, try taking 2 Super Algae and 2 licorice root with breakfast and lunch, and whenever you feel an energy slump.
Fear and excitement are closely related. Both get adrenaline pumping. The difference is in the perception. In fear we are concerned for our safety, in excitement we are skirting with danger but feel we can handle it. This means that healthy adrenal glands can help us to face our fears.
The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys, which is why fear is often linked with the kidneys in traditional medicine. The Chinese formula KB-C helps strengthen the kidney energy or chi, which can help a person get more backbone to face their fears. Adrenal Support is often helpful, too.
Chronic fears brought on by unresolved emotional trauma, worry or failure to confront and deal with problems in our lives can lead to anxiety. Chronic stress, especially coupled with consumption of refined sugar and caffeine, can lead to exhaustion of the adrenal glands, which produces a chronic state of anxiety and stress.
Getting counseling to help confront the issues that are creating the fear is important, but herbal remedies and supplements can also be helpful. Adaptogens, like Eleuthero root and Nervous Fatigue Formula, will reduce the output of stress hormones and help us feel calmer and more able to cope with life.
Nutri-Calm feeds the nerves with B-complex and vitamin C and has adaptogenic and sedative properties, too. It can provide energy without the buzz that sugar and caffeine do. For people who are highly excitable and nervous, Chinese Stress Relief can also be helpful in calming the nerves and reducing anxiety.
AnxiousLess: For people with occasional anxiety, these situations can trigger instant and overwhelming feelings of nervousness, apprehension, irritability and insecurity. Some simply cannot function.
NSP's Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Matt Tripp, recently discovered that an extract of a South African herb can be a godsend for people like this. Sceletium tortuosum provides unique nervous system benefits.
Depression can have many causes, so the "cure" will depend on the cause. Sadness, stress and feeling hopelessly trapped in difficult situations can all lead to depression. Again, counseling can help a person to sort out these feelings and improve their mood.
A formula that helps to lift the sagging energy in people who feel depressed in their energy and mood is Chinese Mood Elevator. It lifts the body's energy or chi, while helping to decongest the liver, digestive tract and lymphatics. This is important, since poor liver and bowel function has been linked traditionally to a depressed melancholic temperament. This also means that doing a good cleanse, such as the Tiao He Cleanse or CleanStart, will lighten a person's mood and lift their energy.
When depression is associated with dry skin, fatigue, chills, low body temperature and loss of sex drive, it could be a problem with low thyroid. Thyroid Support may be helpful.
Balancing serotonin levels in the brain may also be helpful for depression. This can be done naturally with a supplement called 5-HTP. 5-HTP is converted to serotonin in the brain. It can help with carbohydrate cravings, insomnia and depression (Homeopathy: Serotonin).
Feeling cranky; irritable and angry all the time is often a sign of a congested liver. When this is the case, Chinese Liver Balance may be helpful. It relieves constricted liver chi or energy, which helps you flow more smoothly through life.
Irritability can also be a sign of blood sugar imbalances, requiring a healthier diet and remedies like licorice and Super Algae. Adaptogens like Eleuthero root can also help by reducing stress.
However, people who are frequently angry and hostile are probably holding onto unresolved pain and grudges and may need counseling to help them forgive and let go of the past.
Feeling confused is often a sign of low blood sugar, especially if it is accompanied by chills, fatigue and hunger. Avoiding refined carbohydrates and using licorice root and SuperAlgae as discussed on page two is often helpful.
Confusion may also be a sign of burnout from excessive stress. In situations where confusion is accompanied by difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss, restless sleep and fatigue, Nervous Fatigue Formula or Adrenal Support will usually be helpful in restoring a sense of clarity and well-being.
Obsessive and compulsive behavior is related to anxiety and can be helped by many of the same supplements. Along with counseling, Nervous Fatigue Formula or Adrenal Support can be helpful.
Moving Beyond Mania
The feeling that a person is super human and can do just about anything is called mania. People who suffer from manic-depressive or bipolar disorder will swing back and forth between mania and depression. Balancing blood sugar can be helpful. Eating meat for breakfast, especially red meat can often help to stabilize and calm manic feelings. The Chinese Stress Relief formula is also helpful for controlling the excessive excitement and enthusiasm that causes manic people to over extend themselves.
Managing Mood Swings
Rapid changes in mood are usually a sign of blood sugar problems or adrenal exhaustion. A diet to balance hypoglycemia and supplements for the adrenals, like Nervous Fatigue Formula and Adrenal Support can be helpful.
Waving Goodbye to Wintertime Blues
Feeling blue during the cold winter months is due to a lack of exposure to sunlight. Getting outside during the day or using full spectrum lighting can help. The skin produces vitamin D3 when exposed to sunlight and supplementing with this vitamin can be helpful for the wintertime blues.
St. John's wort is another possibility. It's an herb with a reputation for helping to let in the light and lift minor depression.
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Depression symptoms include:
- Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
- Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
- Reduced sex drive
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Changes in appetite, depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food and weight gain
- Agitation or restlessness for example, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
- Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy even small tasks may seem to require a lot of effort
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren't going right
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
- Crying spells for no apparent reason
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
For some people, depression symptoms are so severe that it's obvious something isn't right. Other people feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why. Depression affects each person in different ways, so depression symptoms vary from person to person.
Inherited traits, age, gender and cultural background all play a role in how depression may affect you.