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Natural Supplements That Relieve Depression Symptoms


Do natural supplements that are said to relieve depression symptoms work? That’s the focus of this article, read on to learn the findings of my research, but be sure to talk to your doctor before trying any of the supplements mentioned here – to see if they may help with your depression.

Image of depression courtesy of Pixabay

As an adult, depression has been one of the most disabling things I’ve experienced, and I can say with a great deal of certainty that almost every problem I’ve had – and those problems that I still have – are linked to depression. I’ve been blessed in that my chronic depression hasn’t been severe enough that I’ve needed to seek medical help, though I often wonder if I couldn’t have saved some time in life and been in a better place faster if I had talked to my doctor about my chronic depression.

Natural Supplements With Reputations for Relieving Depression

A number of natural supplements have gained status for the way users claim they relieve depression, and given the severe side-effects of some prescription medications, it’s worth looking into the depression relief options provided by natural supplements such as CBD oil, fish oil, SAMe, and folic acid.

CBD Oil for Depression

I hesitated, at first, to write about CBD oil due to its perceived-but-incorrect association with marijuana. It comes from the cannabis plant – but – it’s a different strain of cannabis than the kind that gets you high and ‘loopy’ -that’s a totally different kind of depression relief. The strain of cannabis plant used to produce CBD oil has had the THC ‘bred’ out of it over the years and while it does provide a kind of relaxed bliss, it isn’t going to give you the munchies or make you laugh like a buffoon even if something awful happens the way the other kind of cannabis does.

Fish Oil for Depression

I’ve been using fish oil for a few weeks now, though I didn’t start it for depression. I was having so much trouble with my focus and attention deficit problems that I was desperate, but I don’t like to take prescription medicines if there’s any other way. And, I have noticed some relief of my attention problems, along with the surprise benefit of noticing some relief from my depression. (That’s saying something for me, that I got through the holidays with no bout of depression.) Another plus for fish oil, it can help support heart health, according to the label on the bottle.

SAMe for Depression

SAMe, S-adenosy-L-methionine, is a molecule that occurs naturally in the human body, and it’s been found to help depressed adults who don’t respond well to prescription depression medications. It has also been found effective in relieving osteoarthritis symptoms in patients participating in some studies. It has been noted, however, that bipolar patients experience more manic behavior when taking SAMe, so it’s advised that bipolar people avoid this natural supplement.

Folic Acid for Depression

Low levels of folic acid, also known as folate and as vitamin B-9, have been linked in studies to a number of common ailments, including depression. This vitamin is found in the dark, leafy greens that are often left out of the typical American diet, and it’s easily replaced with supplements or dietary changes. Physical issues its lack-of is associated with include depression, birth defects, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. If you check the labels of multivitmins,you may find it’s already in your daily multivitamin supplement.

Thanks for visiting Intrinsic Vicissitude and reading this post about natural supplements for depression. Questions and comments are welcome, and again, be sure to chat with your doctor before adding new supplements to your diet. Every body responds differently to new medications, so your physician’s care is always your safest starting point in relieving depression or any other ailment.

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Kick Low Self Esteem in the Butt

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

The Self-Esteem Companion: Simple Exercises to Help You Challenge Your Inner Critic and Celebrate Your Personal Strengths: Beat Low Self Esteem
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Low self esteem is like an invisible bully you unleash on yourself.

To kick its butt – if you ever want to have peace – you have to recognize it and see the fear behind it.

Then you have to look inside yourself and see the good, and maybe accept that there’s some bad, and then just accept that the fear is unfounded.

Building Self Confidence to Defeat Low Self Esteem

One exercise I love for improving self esteem is writing a pleasure list.

Think about what makes you happy, and what makes you smile – then write these happy things down.

Examples are loved ones, pets, places you enjoy, hobbies or sports you like, your favorite flowers, or a favorite funny TV show.

Keep the list handy, so when you start to feel down or you’re having a day that makes you feel like your self esteem is nonexistent, you can pull out the list and reread it to bring your spirits up.

The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals (Instant Help Book for Teens)
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If you’re fighting depression, it can be hard to think of things that make you happy, so in that case, add a couple things you do to help others to your list if it feels hard to think of anything that makes you smile.

Self empowerment and self confidence begin with removing, or strengthening, the parts that feel small and weak within yourself, so you can create a strong self image to use as a healthy foundation for building a healthier, happier future.

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Develop a Healthy Self Image to Avoid the Pain of Depression and Loneliness

Your self image creates the way you look at and measure not only yourself, but also your role as a friend, spouse, parent, employee, and every other role you have in this life.

A Bad Self Image Puts Healthy Relationships at Risk

If your self image is negative – if you lack self love and self respect – it puts you at risk of ending up unhappy and lonely – no matter how many people are around you or love you.

Your self image is how you see yourself and your role in this life – and it can be incredibly hard to change if you have a negative sense of self because it is our natural reaction to (generally external) events that happen in our lives.

The Self Esteem Workbook: Create a Healthy Self Image
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No one else can develop a more positive sense of self esteem for you, it requires determination and effort on your part, but it is worth the effort.

When you begin to increase self confidence, it feels like a window is opening inside of you, letting in sunshine and positivity.

(It’s not a real window – obviously – it’s just an emotional sense of well-being.)

A poor self image doesn’t blossom into full fledged self confidence overnight – and it is unlikely to happen in a big, life changing “zap.”

Your self image most likely didn’t get damaged from a single tiny incident, so it takes more than a single tiny incident to restore.

Depression Is Only One of the Dangers of Poor Self Esteem

According to the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center, there are several consequences of poor self-esteem:

  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Problems developing friendships
  • Problem in romantic relationships
  • Impaired academic performance
  • Poor performance at work
  • Heightened vulnerability to chemical dependency

Avoiding the pain of these situations can give you a pretty powerful reason to want to increase your level of self respect, but knowing you need a healthy self image doesn’t tell you how to build confidence so you can get one.

Luckily, there are tools to help you recognize unhealthy patterns and to improve your self confidence.

Tools for Developing a Healthy Self Image

Mastering a Healthy Self Image: The Guidebook to Real Happiness and Enormous Success
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You can use positive self talk, journaling, and visualization to help yourself from within, in addition to asking for help from others, to help increase your willpower and to keep you focused on building a better self image.

  • Positive self talk: Give yourself a break! Instead of saying negative, self-deprecating things about yourself, like, “I’m such a clutz,” or “I’m so stupid.”
    • Focus on the things you do well – and make a point to say something about your positive aspects, at least inside your mind, and never speak the negative.
    • If you catch yourself thinking or saying negative things about yourself, make a conscious decision to stop.
  • Journaling: Use the same approach to daily journaling that was mentioned above, but instead of speaking the positive words about yourself, write them – even if it’s only one positive sentence every day.
    • If you’re really depressed and down on yourself, to where you can’t think of one positive thing to say, you can seek help from a loved one or a professional, or find some positive self image quotes and write them in your journal.
  • Visualization: Visualization is a powerful tool in building a positive self image, or anything you want out of life.
    • You can use the positive things you write in your journal as the basis for visualization, or use a guided meditation, or plan out your own self guided visualization to increase your self confidence.
  • External help: While asking for help can be the hardest thing to do when you’re self image is damaged, it is a powerful tool if you feel able to ask for help – and there is always help available if you reach out for it.
    • Help can come in the form of a loved one who helps you see the good in yourself, or a professional counselor.

There are so many reasons to take action and avoid the risk of depression and loneliness that comes from having a damaged self image, but the real and best reason is that you will feel better if you build a healthy sense of self and increase your self confidence.

 

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Picking the Losers or a Jerk Increases the Risk of Depression

The title of this might seem super, super obvious – but then – if it’s so obvious, why do so may people do exactly that?

Depression

Why Women Pick Losers and Jerks:Emotional Manipulation
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If you feel extremely despondent, dejected, hopeless, or inadequate, like an unseen force is pressing down and squishing the life out of you, there’s a good chance you are experiencing depression – and you probably don’t need me to tell you that.

But, did you know depression can be linked to the types of relationships you choose?

You might feel like a victim in a bad relationship, but really, it is more likely that you have unknowingly made yourself the target of an emotional manipulator.

Why Do I always Attract the Losers?

If you think of yourself as a victim, with things just “happening” to you, then you slip into the role of feeling like you are under attack by a bully, and it is a relationship pattern people tend to repeat over and over.

What a Jerk!

As you learn to recognize your own unmet emotional needs, your emotional stress levels and stressors, you will also become able to recognize emotional manipulation and emotional blackmail on the part of your manipulator.

Conquer Emotional Depression

Recognize that it is not the manipulator who is the problem, it is your fear.

For most targets, as the target of emotional manipulation, or as a target of a loser/jerk, you feel reject-able in some way, and deep down, and that fear of rejection means you will always be at risk of being manipulated by the next loser/jerk to come along until you learn to recognize that fear.

(The book above or the video below both explain it better if you have time to read the book or watch the video.)

But, that does not mean “this unhappy situation is your fault – because it is completely natural to do anything in your power to avoid rejection – even letting someone be a jerk and treat you badly.

How to Get Out of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

First, if the emotional abuse you are experiencing is more severe and you do not feel safe, find a shelter, such as the local women’s shelter to get help and protection.

Find your positive – so you can move ahead and escape the dangers of depression caused by unhappy relationships and emotional manipulation.

Learn to see what holds you back and makes you let the losers treat you poorly.

Remember: even if – when – you have a setback, keep believing in yourself and keep focusing on the positive.

Emotional Manipulation Video

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