When feelings of sadness become a part of daily life with no end in sight, this can morph into depression. Depression is a medical illness that can negatively impact how you feel, the way you act and think. If left untreated, it can become extremely harmful to your body and mind.
Depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance as previously thought, in fact, this hypothesis, sometimes referred to as ‘the chemical imbalance’ theory has been refuted by the medical community in recent years. Mental disorders are now believed to be caused by a combination of inflammation, trauma, chronic stress, and possibly low serotonin levels. Overall, there are a multitude of influences contributing to a person's mental well-being. Let’s look at some facts and stats regarding depression and its most common causes:
Treatment of depression is specific for each individual but a combination of holistic health treatments and lifestyle changes can be a positive option for change. Additionally, a growing number of people have turned to cannabidiol (CBD) to assist in balancing the brain's chemical receptors linked to serotonin. Serotonin is a powerful neurotransmitter that is responsible for many functions in the body, including mood and gut health. Adding a few droplets to your self-care routine can be beneficial in the healing process of your brain. CBD will work best for depression when paired with other interventions like exercise, restorative sleep, meditation and supplementation.
When people suffer from depression, the region of the brain (hippocampus) that is responsible for memory, emotion, and learning shrinks. Luckily, this portion of the brain can regrow. Through the process of neurogenesis, (where neurons can regenerate and form new connections) the hippocampus can recover. This process can take a few weeks because the neurons need ample time to regrow. The best part is that cannabinoid-based medications protect neurons in the hippocampus, not only providing relief during a depressive episode but also potentially reducing neuron atrophy in the hippocampus.
It takes time and patience to leave the mental trap of depression. A combination of healthy new connections, brain focused treatment and sources of inspiration can help you find the light again. You may find CBD useful for long-term treatment of depression without the negative side effects often attributed to prescribed medication. As always, it is advised to seek the guidance of a doctor or trusted healthcare professional before stopping a current protocol or before incorporating anything new into your routine.
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