Depression is characterized by a loss of interest in the things that once brought joy and pleasure. It is a state of melancholy that may last for up to 2 weeks. Depression that lasts longer than two weeks is diagnosed as clinical depression and requires specific treatment. Many things may trigger depression, such as major changes, a death, divorce, a move, or simply becoming unsatisfied with life. Depression over situations or events that occur is normal and to be expected. It isn’t normal however, to stay depressed for an extended length of time.
Depression may cause someone to feel that their life is empty and not worth living. If you are dealing with depression, or if you suspect that someone close to you is depressed, you should not ignore these symptoms in hope that it will just “go away”. Depression can lead to a serious illness and the results may be devastating. It is important to seek out the root cause of the depression, otherwise healing will not be complete and you will simply be masking and treating the symptom and not the cause.
Depression is so devastating that it takes its toll on all those who are around the person who is suffering from this illness. This includes children, spouses, extended family members, and co-workers. People who feel depressed may not want to get out of bed in the morning. They also may begin experimenting with drugs and alcohol, in an attempt to cover up the pain.
Another form of depression is known as “Post Partum Depression”. This depression is a result of hormonal imbalances that occur between pregnancy, birth, and adjusting to life as a new parent. There are many factors that help to encourage Post Partum Depression. Many new mothers not only have hormonal levels that are readjusting, but they are also experiencing lack of sleep due to late night feedings. They may feel overwhelmed at the tremendous responsibility of having a new baby as well. It is important that new mothers have plenty of help and support, especially in the first couple weeks after childbirth, when the chances of having Post Partum Depression are increased.
Some signs and symptoms of depression include a sudden change or feeling of overwhelming sadness and despair, not enjoying or finding pleasure in the activities that once were a source of great joy, a loss of appetite or sudden increase in appetite, lack of sleep or suddenly sleeping more, physical fatigue resulting in sleeping all the time, or feeling so tired that you can’t accomplish your normal day to day tasks. A lack of concentration is also a sign, this occurs due to mental confusion and lack of clarity. And also, talk or excessive thoughts of suicide are a sign of depression.
Aromatherapy offers many benefits to those who are suffering from depression. Because many scents and aromas naturally help bring a state of happiness or euphoria, it is a wonderful way to help balance the chemicals in the brain. There are many other herbs that help balance hormones and improve mental clarity. Consider adding these herbs to your Aromatherapy treatments.
A wonderful massage oil that will help counteract depression and contains natural anti depressant properties can be made with 2 drops of Lavender oil, 2 drops of Ylang Ylang, and 6 drops of Grapefruit blended in 1 ounce of carrier oil. This massage oil may be used daily to help bring the body back into balance.