Depression is now considered common, affecting about 340 million people worldwide. Although treatable, about half of all cases of depression go undiagnosed and unaddressed. Situational sadness is a typical and normal reaction to events, such as a recent loss, and is simply part of the human experience. Rather than suppress situational sadness, it is best to work through these periods with help from psychotherapists or counsellors.
A more serious medical diagnosis is clinical depression – it can also be triggered by a loss or other sad event, but then grows out of proportion to the situation and persists longer than is appropriate, affecting emotional health. Clinical depression often requires other forms of treatment in addition to counseling and therapy.
If you are regularly or chronically experiencing any of the following, which are common symptoms of depression, make an appointment to talk with a therapist:
* A sullen mood
* Feelings of hopelessness, guilt and anxiety
* Loss of interest in things that used to be pleasurable
* Change in appetite
* Change in sleeping patterns
* Inability to concentrate
* A lack of energy or feeling run-down
Bioidentical progesterone is a natural mood elevator and can help with mood swings, but for more severe symptoms Dr Jeffrey Dach in the USA has suggested that a combination cream of bioidentical progesterone and natural oestrogen, such as 20-1, can be more effective.
For more information on treating mild to moderate depression, start your 10-day free trial of Spontaneous Happiness, Dr. Weil’s 8-week online plan at drweil.com
https://www.bio-hormone-health.com/2010/12/08/bioidentical-hormones-for-anxiety-and-depression/ (Dr Jeffrey Dach)