Most people will go through at least one bout of depression during their lifetime, some will have several such periods, and other folks, due to genetic predisposition or because of certain adverse environmental factors in the present or past, will deal with depression on a more constant basis. Depression can be defined as a psychiatric disorder characterized by an inability to concentrate, insomnia, loss of appetite, feelings of extreme sadness, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and sometimes accompanied by thoughts of death as a final means of peace and tranquility. People who are depressed usually experience a lack of interest in things which normally interest them; a lack of desire to do things which they normally enjoy. While it is normal for people to feel this way for a short period of time - day or two perhaps - if these feelings stretch beyond a day to a week and from a week to a month and longer, they will undoubtedly tamper with an individual’s ability to function and could potentially have adverse long term effects.
If you believe that you or someone you love is suffering from depression, it is time to act. In no way does this article intend to discount the benefits of professional counseling and prescription drug therapy. If you or someone you know has been seriously depressed for more than a month with no signs of alleviation, it is probably time to seek professional help of some sort. And if you or someone you know has had serious thoughts about suicide - thinking of ways to commit suicide, writing suicide notes, etc. - be brave and tell someone about it right now. It might be difficult, but please allow that someone to help you, or to find someone else who might be more qualified to help.
However, there are also a great number of things you can do to help break out of a depressed state - before seeking additional professional help and/or prescription drug treatment or in addition to these. Here is my list of 15 great natural cures for depression:
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