Depression can involve the body, mood, and thoughts, affecting the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things. It is not the same as a passing low mood nor a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away. People with depression cannot merely 'pull themselves together' and get better. Symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. The signs and symptoms of depression include loss of interest in activities that were once interesting or enjoyable, including: sex, loss of appetite with weight loss, overeating, weight gain or loss of emotional expression.
See what the medical experts say:
Depression is an often underestimated illness – we can all feel ‘depressed’ by bad news, any kind of disappointment … but clinical depression is not just everyday sadness or lack of motivation, it is a profoundly debilitating mental illness. Like other psychiatric disorders, the first resort is often to a psychoactive medication. As with anxiety, this can assist to a degree, but may often carry side effects and does not address root causes.
As a psychotherapist, Robin Littman, founder of Resource & Rebalance Me, has dealt with many clients suffering from depression. His experience has shown that by digging into the past, the traumatic events or abuse, lack of love or lack of understanding and acknowledgement can be discovered and released through counselling. Alongside this, nutritional and lifestyle changes are of great assistance in both improving motivation to get well and leading towards an upward rather than downward spiral. He was delighted to discover the effectiveness of Hardy’s formulas for mental health.
“Many patients suffering with depression find it hard to change their diet because of the lack of energy and motivation, and because eating and other addictions are a form of self-soothing. So using a very good quality micronutrient supplement can be invaluable to help get things moving”.
Many practitioners of psychiatric or functional medicine also use Hardy’s formulas. Paul Battle is a functional medicine practitioner in Golden, Colorado. His practice is called Remedi Health. He says:
"The traditional practice uses the standard medications, which are fine, but I try to look for other ways to have the physiology optimized besides using just drugs initially...I try to avoid just going right to medications, and the nutritional aspect of this is pretty important."
For evidence from a sufferer, please read Kim’s story from New Zealand.
"My life before discovering DEN? I say that I didn't have a life. I existed."
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