What and Why?
Depression behaves like a cloud covering the face of the sun and stealing the colour from your world. It threatens whenever severe and unremitting stress exhausts you. You are not just winded and sick at heart but incapable of any feeling at all except deflation and hopelessness. You wake early feeling desperate. You cannot raise the effort to do anything. Everything seems pointless and dull and decisions are particularly difficult. You feel hopeless and beyond help, convinced everyone knows and is discussing how worthless you are.
Such a profound collapse of your nerves and self-respect usually comes about after deep disappointment, grief or a prolonged exhausting effort which has drawn heavily on your emotional reserves. People vary greatly in their toughness so that some are much more prone to depression than others. Sometimes there is no accounting for it; a few victims even feel that it is ‘in their family’. Perhaps some families are more susceptible than others; that does not make depression inevitable, even for them. Something has to set it off, every time.
Environmental stresses such as chronic pollution with pesticides, lead or other chemicals are slowly becoming recognized as capable of this. So is severe and protracted nutritional imbalance or deprivation, especially of Vitamin B complex or trace mineral nutrients.
Constipation can depress you by letting built-up toxic fermentation products from your large bowel get back in and hinder your metabolism generally. The unnatural coldness of marginal thyroid insufficiency contributes to depression by dulling your mind as well as making you constipated.
But some circumstances hit anyone hard, however well or tough they are. When a new mother has spent the effort of her pregnancy and enters parenthood physically drained, hormonally confused and personally hurt, humiliated or disappointed by her experience of childbirth, the anticlimax may precipitate post-natal depression — the product of frustrated biological impulses and shattered dreams.
Otherwise, exhaustion and grief from nursing your dying life’s partner, job redundancy and long-term unemployment, moving house, premenstrual tension and shingles are all powerfully depressing experiences.
Recovery depends on recreation of your bodily reserves and restoration of your emotional integrity, self-esteem and sense of purpose. Some of these may be deeply laid on vulnerable lines from way back in your life and can only be changed with a lot of patient hard work. And yet the breakthrough to recovery may then be quite sudden and unexpected — like the gleam of light as a cloud withdraws from the sun.
What can I do?
Advice to maintain and maximise your health
1. Acceptance: Recognize your condition and confide in a reliable friend, relative, priest, counsellor or clinical psychologist.
2. See your doctor: Your doctor may not be in a position to give you the time you need but can relieve the most debilitating symptoms with anti-depressant drugs that usually help more than they hinder your progress, are not addictive, and can be stopped gradually after six months or so. That gives you time to get yourself sorted out personally and nutritionally.
3. Diet: Commence the diet for health, making a particular effort to obtain raw live food from an organic source and commence each meal with it. Supplement this with the food-state multimineral formula.
- Essential fatty acids, such as Evening Primrose Oil or Flax Oil, can be taken twice daily half an hour before food, with plenty of water and a tablet of food-state Vitamin E 300IU.
- Food-state Vitamin B Complex and extra food-state Vitamin B6 (25mg three times daily) are wise additions, especially if you cannot recall your dreams at all.
- Food-state Vitamin C 250mg daily completes the requirement for most people.
4. Bad habits: Stop relying on alcohol or tranquillizers to obliterate your misery. It has to be faced and dealt with — that is where your confidant comes in. He or she can contest your hopelessness and encourage you to get moving instead.
5. Improve your mood: Arouse yourself each morning by brushing your skin vigorously all over, or by having a hot shower followed by cold water for half a minute. Breathe deeply and sing loudly in your car or any private place; run, dance or skip sometimes. Light-heartedness would make you feel like doing it: doing it can make you feel a little more light-hearted.
6. Homoeopathic treatment should be prescribed and supervised by an experienced practitioner, but you can try choosing the Bach Flower Remedy that best suits your need.
7. Practitioners: A spiritual healer or practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine will adopt a different approach to your case, that safely complements your self-help measures.