Stress Management and Depression

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Stress Based Depression has become one of the major health problems in recent years. With the advent of technology, such as the internet, email, faxes and wireless devices, we are being forced to work harder than ever before, to be on call longer, while at the same time, to take less vacation and personal time. Catastrophic world events have only exacerbated this, spurning a record number of new cases of depression. In 2001, the National Book Award Winner in the category of Non Fiction — and a major bestseller — was a book about depression.

Unfortunately, it is only predicted to get worse. In 2002, almost 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of clinical depression. The World Health Organization predicts that by the year 2020, five of the ten leading medical problems worldwide will be stress related.

Most mental health professionals over the years have seen depression purely as a state of mind. In the last four decades, research has indicated that there are many forces at play that ultimately lead to depression.

Simultaneously, the use of nutritional products and herbal preparations by the general public is one of the fastest growing segments in consumer spending and in health care. In 1993, Dr. David Eisenberg, a professor at Harvard University, published the first of two important studies showing that one in three Americans had used some form of alternative medicine.

Recent medical studies have indicated that various non-invasive approaches have the ability to bring short-term, and, in many cases, permanent relief from this debilitating emotional disorder. Research in recent years has also shown that depression is seldom isolated. It is generally experienced with other symptoms that might include headache, sub-clinical nutritional deficiencies, digestive problems, insomnia, and many others. These are all conditions that can be positively influenced by nutrition, herbs, amino acid supplementation, hands-on healing, specialized counseling and coaching systems, and other approaches either alone or, when necessary, in combination with medication.

Each depressed individual will have a unique history of dysfunctional relationships, traumatic childhood, stress, financial hardships, insomnia and sleep disorders, unresolved grief, genetic predisposition, aging, serious physical illness, or family environment. Individually or in combination, some or all of these factors may initiate a downward spiraling cycle that results in depression. Herbal based flower remedies help to heal depression on a vibrational/energetic level. These homeopathically prepared plant essences support the depressed individual in recognizing and addressing issues such as personal growth, self observation, forgiving, getting in touch with repressed feelings, expressing gratitude, effective communication, ending procrastination, making choices instead of excuses, ending self isolation, impatience, hopelessness, a sense of impending doom, and despondency. Of all the various flower remedies available the Bach Fower Remedies are the ones most commonly used.