What is it?
Depression is an illness that affects around 10% of the population of most major Western industrialized countries, with women around twice as likely to be affected as men. It is a condition that sees individuals in long term negative emotional states. These emotions can include: sadness, anxiousness (please see the Anxiety page: even though sometimes anxiety and depression are grouped together, we feel that anxiety deserves its own detailed explanation), fear, guilt and pessimism. Consequences of these feelings can include decreased energy levels, insomnia, inability to concentrate and physical disorders such as headaches and chronic pain that refuse to respond to diverse treatments. In some cases, suicide and self harm can occur.
There still exists some debate as to whether depression is a physical or psychiatric illness.
Broadly speaking, there are 3 types of depression.
- Major Depression. This sees individuals suffer from many of the conditions mentioned above over a long period of time. Some individuals experience this once in a lifetime, for others it occurs every few years.
- Dysthymia (Chronic Intermittent Minor Depression). This is a less severe form of the above. Whilst it does not normally cause the extreme symptoms of the more severe type, it does keep individuals functioning below their best and generally from feeling their best.
- Manic Depression (Bi-polar Disorder). This is essentially a combination of extreme depression and extreme euphoria, with an individual alternating between the two moods on an ongoing basis (usually gradually, but in some cases within a matter of a few hours). This illness is comparatively rare. This type of depression can severely impair the judgment of an individual, leading to thoughts of suicide and self harm on the depressive swing to extremely irrational, impulsive, exuberant, financially / emotionally unsound and dangerous behavior on the euphoric swing.
What causes depression?
It is important to draw a distinction between short term depression and the chronic, long term dysfunction that many people suffer from. Whilst setbacks in career and personal lives can make virtually all individuals in the general population depressed at some point, this is usually a temporary state of affairs and goes away after the individual in question "gets over it" or their circumstances improve.
In some instances, depression runs in families, suggesting a strong likelihood of at least a partial genetic cause - which is especially the case with manic depression. Whilst it is not correct to say that depression is purely genetic, it is correct to state that a certain genetic makeup can make some individuals more prone to be affected by environmental factors that lead to depression. Individuals with low self esteem are especially vulnerable. In women, depression can be a symptom of hormonal imbalance.
In some cases, depression is caused by long term environmental factors. This can include anything from abusive family situations to bullying at school to an uninspiring working environment. Most commonly, it can include individuals who suffer from severe illness, such as cancer and AIDS.
What are the treatments?
Depression can be treated in a number of ways. In mild cases, psychological counseling can help considerably. This can also involve the emotional support of friends and relatives.
Medications can include traditional anti-depressants such as prozac, however, some more advanced treatments involve drugs such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - the tricyclics and the monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). These affect the production of dopamine in the brain.
For manic depression, there is a new, highly experimental treatment that the involves the use of magnets to stimulate the brain. Early results are very encouraging.
St. Johns Wort is a traditional herb used for depression. Clinical trials have been mixed. However, it now appears that the plant is somewhat effective in treating mild depression, though it may take time to have an effect.
How can Sutherlandia.Com help?
Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets and Sceletium Tortuosum Tablets can prove to be very effective in the treatment of depression and dysthymia.
However, neither product has proven effective in the treatment of manic depression (bi-polar disorder).
They should only be used for mild / major depression and dysthymia.
Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets
Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets can be a very effective treatment for numerous types of depression in many individuals.
For hundreds of years, it has been used in Africa by numerous cultures to help grieving individuals through emotional hardship, with tremendous effect.
The key compounds in Sutherlandia that have thus far been proven to have a positive effect on depression are the substances GABA, L-canavanine and L-asparagine, all of which are patented with documented results in the treatment of various depressive illnesses. Click on the links to discover more about how they can help treat depression, along with other conditions.
Whilst the mechanisms of interaction are not fully understood at this time, when these substances are combined, as they are in the Sutherlandia plant, they can produce positive outcomes in a few days with some patients.
Sutherlandia Frutescens Tablets MUST NOT used by pregnant or breast feeding women.
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Sutherlandia Frutescens has not been scientifically proven to cure any type of cancer.
Sceletium Tortuosum Tablets
For moderate to more pronounced cases of depression, Sceletium Tortuosum can be an outstanding natural treatment that has rapid and safe effects. The active ingredient in the plant is mesembrine (along with the closely related compounds of mesembrenone, mesembrenol and tortuosamine), which has a positive effect on regulating the production of serotonin in the brain.
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Sceletium Tortuosum MUST NOT not be combined with any other psychoactive medication or used by pregnant or breast feeding women.
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