Depression is an extremely common condition that affects millions of Americans all over the country. Although a number of resources and treatment options are available to the public for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of depression, many individuals are afraid to seek help for their conditions. Some individuals feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help, while others feel that they do not wish to burden others with their illness. As many of us know, untreated depression can detrimental consequences, the worst of which being suicide. If you have had feelings of depression and have considered doing harm to yourself or others, there are many people out there who can help. You may want to start by contacting the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800- 273-8255. Operators are available 24/7 to help you work through your condition and offer you guidance on taking the next step to seek treatment. For mild cases of depression, talk to your primary care physician about adding some of the following options to your treatment plan.
1. If your diet consist of a lot of highly processed foods, simple carbohydrates, and is high in sugar, try adding some more nutritious food items to your diet. It's no secret that eating a well-balanced diet has a significant effect on your mood and energy level. Adding a few fruits and vegetables to your diet each day will give your body vitamins and minerals to not just support your nervous system, but your whole body!
2. Exercise releases endorphins that make you you feel good! Exercising for just 30 minutes a day can have a significant impact on your nervous system, energy, and your overall health. You may also want to consider trying yoga or meditation, as there is significant research that supports it's relaxing effects on the nervous system.
3. Consider taking on a hobby or finding an activity that you can do a few times a week to help elevate your mood and make you feel energized. Consider taking a friend and doing this activity together. You may even find that you'll make some new friends along the way!
4. Depression is often associated with other conditions such as chronic pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other neuromuscular diseases. If you think you may have any of these conditions, we invite you to contact our office to schedule your free initial consultation with Dr. Fleming. We will gladly assist you in any way we can to help you gain control and manage your condition.
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!