Has life got you singing the blues? Millions of people world-wide suffer from some form of depression, with about 16 million adults having at least one major depressive episode during 2012. This means that slightly less than 7% of the population reported feeling severely depressed that year. Eleven percent of adolescents have a diagnosable problem with depression by the time they are eighteen and a whopping 30% of college students report feeling depressed enough that it disrupts their studies.
Unfortunately, the standard medical treatment, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), take an average of four to six weeks to start taking effect, and they have numerous side effects. Potential problems with SSRIs include: increased risk of suicide (especially violent suicide), increased tendencies towards violent crimes and hostility towards family and friends, increased abuse of alcohol and other substances and an increased tendency to impulsive acts with no concern for punishment.
In this Sunshine Sharing Hour we'll teach how to overcome depression using lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements, herbs and other natural methods in this month’s Herbal Hour.