Depression

 

If you haven’t experienced depression personally, then you’ve surely known someone who has. We’ve all had loved ones
or friends or workmates who have uttered the phrase, “I’m depressed.” Many who’ve never suffered through clinical
depression confuse it with the everyday experience of being sad now and then, and don’t understand why those struck
by depression can’t just “cheer up.” The truth is, there’s a world of difference between occasionally feeling down
and having clinical depression. For some people, it’s a feeling that can’t quite be described, a general dampening of
life. Others experience depression in its much graver form. It occurs on all different levels of severity for all
different periods of time.

DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS
 
If you have a depressive disorder, you’re probably experiencing symptoms such as sadness; loss of interest in
activities that used to provide pleasure; slow thinking, speaking, and/or movement; and even thoughts of self-harm.
As these symptoms indicate, clinical depression is a very serious condition.
When you experience depression, as hard as it may be, it’s important to share what you’re going through with those
who care about you, and to let in their love and support. You can let go of any shame you feel about your depression.
There are important aspects of it that medical communities haven’t yet uncovered. As you read the sections that
follow, you’ll gain new insights into what’s behind your symptoms—and what you can do about them.

IDENTIFYING AND ADDRESSING MAJOR CAUSES OF DEPRESSION
 
Most people assume clinical depression comes from emotional pain, such as severe sadness and/or suppressed anger.
That accurately describes one type of depression, but this is a complex condition, and it can stem from a number of
different root causes. While some are based in emotion (e.g., traumatic loss), others are entirely physical (e.g.,
heavy metals, Epstein-Barr).
What follows are the most common reasons behind a depressive disorder. Any of these issues by itself is powerful
enough to trigger depression. However, it’s also possible to suffer from two or more issues simultaneously. Do your
best to identify those triggers that apply to you.
Traumatic Loss
 
The most obvious reason for depression is a severe emotional blow or series of blows. This typically involves loss.
Examples are a family member dying (loss of a loved one); a spouse cheating on you (loss of trust, and of a close
relationship); getting fired from a job that defined you (loss of security and identity); experiencing an event that
demolishes long-held plans (loss of direction and purpose); suffering an injustice that makes you decide the universe
is cruel (loss of faith); and having reason to believe you’re soon going to die (loss of your future).
Of course, different people react to situations in different ways. A loss that sends someone else into a depressive
spiral might not affect you on the same scale, or vice versa. Such dissimilar responses are due in part to variations
in personality, personal history, and brain chemistry. What matters most is the effect a loss has on you. If it fills
you with feelings of intense emotional pain, helplessness, and/or hopelessness, that can be enough to initiate severe
depression.

A major emotional shock can generate an actual electrical jolt in your brain. There’s a reason why someone delivering
bad news often warns, “You may want to sit down for this”: we know intuitively that shock has a physical effect. This
charge can be so intense that it effectively “blows a fuse” in your brain, causing parts of it to switch off.
This shutdown is a safety mechanism designed to protect your soul (which resides inside your brain) from being too
badly injured. Whether it’s a betrayal, learning you’ve been fired from a job, or returning to your car to find the
window smashed, an alarming experience can trigger an electrical pulse in the emotional centers of the brain that’s
almost like a wave crashing onto shore. Depression can result when a series of upsetting events over time prompts the
safety mechanism to break down and go awry.
Often, the safety measures cease proper function when upheavals add up. Picture a sand castle on the beach. The first
line of defense against the rising tide is the wall you built around the castle—it stays standing against the first
strong wave and holds the tide at bay for the first 20 minutes. Then a big wave hits and takes out the wall. That’s
okay, because you’ve dug a moat; the castle is still intact. For the next few minutes, all is well. And then a third
swell rises—and takes out the castle.
When our mental safety measures have ceased normal operation, certain parts of the brain, the I-can’t-believe-it
emotional centers, may no longer perk back up. This can result in the feelings of numbness or pessimism that so often
accompany depression.
There’s good news, though: we can rebuild our mental resources. With the right nurturing, our safety mechanisms can
restore themselves so that we’re able to experience life in an awakened state again, and to bounce back from
unexpected events. Over time, we can heal our depression.
Traumatic Stress
 
Another major cause of depression is severe and sustained stress. While we all feel such pressure now and then—it’s
part of being alive—when you’re suffering from intense stress for a prolonged period of time, it can create a burnout
effect.
Some examples are being unemployed for months and continually worrying about how you’re going to pay your bills,
getting hit with a lawsuit that threatens to ruin you financially, going through a combative divorce, and enduring a
major illness that makes you feel afraid and helpless.
While these are serious issues that cause sustained, traumatic stress for many people, little stressors can also feel
traumatic when they pile up. We have to respect that everyone has a unique sensitivity level. While something like a
letter getting lost in the mail may seem like no big deal to one person, to another, it may trigger a memory of the
time a critical payment went missing en route to a creditor—or maybe it’s one more thing he doesn’t have time to deal
with in the day.
We go through severe stresses in our earthly lives, and we go through less severe stresses. They’re hard all the
same. We have to honor the different reaction levels in ourselves and in one another.
On a physical level, these events trigger a fight-or-flight response that sets your adrenal glands to flood your
system with adrenaline. That would be a good thing if you were about to fight for your life against a tiger or flee
down an alley as a car chased you. But when you aren’t able to physically burn off the adrenaline saturating the
tissues of your vital organs—and especially your brain—it eventually creates damage that can lead to major
depression. The adrenaline becomes a trigger that breaks down neurotransmitters and lowers melatonin production,
setting you up for feeling lost at sea in a depressive fog.

Adrenal Dysfunction
 
Depression can also stem from a purely physical cause. In such cases it may hit you out of the blue, leaving you
dumbfounded about why you’re feeling awful.
For example, as just explained, intense and/or prolonged emotions can flood your brain with corrosive adrenaline.
Compare it to filling up your car at the gas station: your car needs the fuel to run, but if you overflow the gas
tank, the petroleum will eat away at your paint job.
Even if you’ve never been rocked by such emotions, your brain can still suffer this harmful flooding if your adrenal
glands are malfunctioning, and this can just as readily create depressive burnout.

Viral Infection
 
Millions of people suffer from depression as a result of a virus such as Epstein-Barr (detailed in Chapter 3) or Lyme
disease (detailed in Chapter 16). The virus latches onto your nerves and continually inflames them. It also emits a
poison, or neurotoxin, that further inflames Food additives: MSG, aspartame, sulfites (used as preservatives in dried
fruit, potato snacks, and so on), and other unnatural additives to foods can build up in your brain. Once they’ve
begun triggering depressive episodes, even drinking a can of diet soda can set off a new attack.
 
Electrolyte Deficiency
 
To remain healthy, your body must maintain a certain level of electrolytes, which are ions created by salt and other
components of your bodily fluids. These electrolytes help maintain and send electrical impulses throughout your body
—especially your brain, which is the center of your body’s electrical activity. People who have higher levels of
mercury and other heavy metals in the brain need higher than normal electrolytes to balance them out.
Imagine your brain as a car battery. When the chemical electrolyte solution in the battery is too low, it interrupts
the flow of electricity within and keeps the car from starting. In the same way, when you run low on the electrolytes
meant to be in the blood that’s pumping through your brain (the battery), it can severely disrupt electrical activity
and act as a trigger for depression. And like a car battery, you can recharge your brain from burnout—if you get
enough electrolytes.


HEALING FROM DEPRESSION
 
As you’ve just seen, there are numerous triggers and explanations for depression. The most helpful thing you can do
is address any particular cause(s) for your depression that you have identified. Just knowing what’s behind your
state of mind can have an enormously validating and healing effect.
It’s also recommended that you take the herbs, supplements, and foods described in this section. Using exclusively
natural methods, they’ll bolster your brain tissue, nerve cells, and endocrine system; detoxify you; and improve your
mood. For more information on nutrition—which can have a profound effect on mental health—EPA & DHA (eicosapentaenoic
acid and docosahexaenoic acid): repairs and strengthens the central nervous system. Be sure to buy a plant-based (not
fish-based) version.
 
5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan): bolsters neurotransmitters.
 
B-complex: helps protect all areas of the body from being injured by an emotional crisis. Also supports the brain and
brain stem.
 
Magnesium: calms the central nervous system and relaxes muscle tension.
 
California poppy: calms overactive neurons and supports neurotransmitters.
 
Kava-kava: calms the central nervous system and reduces stress.
 
Vitamin E: supports the central nervous system.
 
Rhodiola: strengthens the endocrine system, including the thyroid and adrenal glands. Also stabilizes the vascular
system.

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