Depression is becoming a common mental disorder that is characterised by low mood, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities. A person can feel guilt or low self-worth. Other symptoms can include: poor appetite, sleep disturbances, inability to concentrate, tiredness/fatigue, and a constant feeling of nervousness.
Depression can interfere with a person’s daily life and also affect the rest of their family, work or school. It can affect people of all ages or any gender.
The diet and nutritional status of a person can play a role in depression. Modifying the diet to ensure maximum nutritional status and reduce certain foods in the diet, as well balancing a person’s blood sugar levels. Herbs and vitamins may be prescribed to assist with the depression and insomnia. Herbs and vitamins can be used to treat stress naturally and decrease the effect of depression. Investigation into thyroid function is warranted for signs of hypothyroidism and under-active thyroid.