Smiling Depression Is On The Rise
By Roni DeLuz RN, ND, Ph.D
It is estimated that 250 million people worldwide have depression. This number is increasing as we face this pandemic of Coronavirus.
It is even more difficult to diagnose people with “smiling depression.” “Smiling depression” is defined as a person who gets up every day with a smile on their face, yet they are truly suffering from depression on the inside. This person is good at hiding the sadness, pain, anguish and fears. People suffering from “smiling depression” want to scream out loud, or cry out hysterically, but instead, they hold it all in.
This type of depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses. This depression is long-lasting with mild to moderate intensity. Depression may become a significant health risk when left unchecked for long periods. It can cause great suffering, and at its worst, depression can cause suicide.
How is it that we miss the signs of depression?
According to research, people are clinically depressed if they have five or more depressive symptoms for at least a period of two weeks, almost all day, nearly every day such as feelings of sadness, loneliness, despair, low energy, low libido, changes in sleep patterns, over- or under-eating, low self-esteem, and lack of interest in things that used to bring pleasure. These people have high-level jobs and are high profile. The diagnosis is challenging to make because of the lack of trained health-care providers, social stigma related to mental disorders, and inaccurate care assessment. People of all income levels get depressed but not accurately diagnosed which has a huge impact on our health care system.
Talk therapy is on the rise?
Many studies support the thought that “talk therapy” is often a strong treatment for depression. There are different types of “talk therapy.”
Cognitive-behavioral therapy specializes in how thoughts and behaviors contribute to depression. A therapist will assist the patient in learning ways to react to things and challenge preconceptions. A patient and therapist might come up with goals.
Interpersonal therapy focuses on how relationships with others play a task in depression. It focuses on practical issues. The patient will find out how to identify unhealthy behaviors and alter them.
Psycho-dynamic therapy is more traditional. A patient and therapist will explore behavior patterns and motives that a patient may not remember such as childhood traumas, which may contribute to depression.
Essential oils and herbs to help fight depression?
There are natural remedies for “smiling depression,” and many people are unaware that essential oils can help. Natural supplements can provide an unexpected “boost” for people whose depression is persistently overcoming them. Keep in mind that people will respond differently to depression protocols. Some will need prescription medication. However, natural herbs have proven to help. The proper use of treatments in conjunction with herbs, essential oils and the right therapeutic team can create a radical recovery.
Ylang-ylang has outstanding benefits for helping fight depression and negative emotions related to depression. Inhaling ylang-ylang can have immediate, positive effects on your mood and act as a mild remedy for depression. Research shows it can help prevent negative emotions like anger, low self-esteem, and even jealousy! You can also try diffusing the oil in your home or massaging it into your skin.
The floral yet earthy scent of lavender oil is valued for its calming effects. Research suggests that lavender aromatherapy may relieve anxiety, decrease stress, improve mood, and promote relaxation.
5-HTP works by increasing the brain’s serotonin levels. Serotonin also affects moods, such as anxiety, stress and feelings of hopelessness. Several studies exist in favor of 5-HTP and its many effects on mild depression. Research indicates that 5-HTP might be adequate solely in treating mild depression.
Always consult your health practitioner before taking any medication. For more information visit www.Drronideluz.com.