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What Is Depression?

Plus, steps you can take to start feeling better.
At Brady’s Botanicals, we’re keeping the conversation around mental health flowing. That’s why today, we’re going to go over the basics of depression and the steps you can take to start managing depression symptoms today.
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Can you believe that one in six of us will experience depression at some point during our lifetime?¹

Luckily, we’ve come to a point where we can talk about mental health and the importance of self-care. And because of this, depression is more normalized than ever before, allowing more people to get the help they need.

At Brady’s Botanicals, we’re keeping the conversation around mental health flowing. That’s why today, we’re going to go over the basics of depression and the steps you can take to start managing depression symptoms today.

Let’s start with the basics.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a very serious and prevalent mental health condition. You’ve most likely heard of it before. But sometimes, depression is also called “Major Depressive Disorder” or “Clinical Depression.”

What you might not know is that people cannot simply *snap* out of being depressed. This misconception often comes from someone who doesn’t know much about depression or how it makes someone feel.

If you’ve ever had depression, you may describe it as something that controls you. You cannot simply turn it on or shut it off – but it would be really nice if it worked that way.

You see, depression does not discriminate and is more than just “the blues.” And depression certainly is not a weakness and shouldn’t be labeled as such.

In reality, depression is a medical condition that’s incredibly difficult to live with. Some days you might find yourself having feelings of sadness washing over you as often as waves wash over a sandy beach.

You may suddenly lose interest in activities or hobbies that once excited you. You may find that once simple, everyday tasks – like going to work, eating, or getting out of bed – are nearly impossible to do.

This is all because of an imbalance of neurotransmitters in your brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers your brain uses to maintain balance in your body and mind. When these levels get out of whack, central nervous system and mental health conditions can occur.²

Just like how diabetes is caused by imbalanced insulin levels, depression is caused by imbalanced serotonin and dopamine levels. This is just the tip of the iceberg of those living with depression. Unfortunately, depression comes in many different forms.

Let’s dive into the different types of depression next.

Different Types of Depression

The different types of depression vary slightly from one another. And sometimes, certain triggers cause each condition:³

Persistent Depressive Disorder

Persistent Depressive Disorder, sometimes called Dysthymia, happens when a person experiences a depressed mood that lasts for a while – at least two years.

Sometimes, people living with this disorder experience periods where their symptoms aren’t as severe.

Postpartum Depression

Many women experience full-blown Postpartum Depression after giving birth. After delivery, it’s completely normal for new mothers to feel overwhelmed. Or even experience mild depression and anxiety symptoms known as the “baby blues” which typically go away two weeks after delivery.

Postpartum Depression, on the other hand, is much more serious.

You see, this type of depression makes it difficult to handle the overwhelming feelings of sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion. In addition to these symptoms, new moms may have a hard time completing normal daily-care tasks for themselves and their newborn. And sometimes, they even have a hard time connecting with their baby.

Psychotic Depression

When someone has severe depression plus a form of psychosis they may have Psychotic Depression.

Having moments of psychosis or psychotic episodes can include: ⁴·⁵·⁶

  • Delusions – when you deeply believe a thought, feeling, or idea that is not true.
  • Hallucinations – when you hear things that aren’t really there. You may also feel, taste, smell, or see things that are not there.
  • A State of Stupor – this happens when a person isn’t able to respond unless physical stimulation, like pain or rubbing on their chest, is performed.

People who experience this depression may also have a common theme in their delusions surrounding feelings of guilt, poverty, or even illness.

It’s estimated that 10-19% of people experiencing depression have Psychotic Depression.⁷

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, happens around the same time each year. Here are the two types of SAD:

  • Winter-pattern SAD or winter depression. If you suffer from this type of SAD, you may start to feel down and depressed when winter is right around the corner and the days get shorter. Then once spring comes closer and we have more daylight, those with SAD will start feeling better.⁸
  • Summer-pattern SAD or summer depression. This rare form of SAD happens when someone experiences episodes of depression only during the summer and spring months of the year.

If you notice changes in your mood only around certain months of the year, you should discuss your possible SAD symptoms with your primary care physician or mental health professional.

Bipolar Disorder

We included Bipolar Disorder on this list because it can cause people to experience super-low moods. Which can meet the criteria for Major Depression, sometimes called Bipolar Depression.

When you live with Bipolar Disorder, it’s normal to experience unusual changes in mood from one extreme to the other. Meaning that people experience moments of extreme euphoria, irritable moods, and periods of extremely low moods.⁹

And that’s just a part of what makes living with Bipolar Disorder so difficult.

There are also other forms of depression but for the sake of this blog post, we’ve provided an overview of the most common types.

Now that we’ve gone over the most common forms of depression, you might be wondering…

“What causes depression anyways?”

Common Risk Factors of Depression

Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain… But it’s really just not that simple. There are many factors at play here.

Factors That Can Play A Role in Depression:10

  • Brain chemistry – it’s believed that someone with different levels of chemicals in their brain may get depression.
  • Genetics – if someone you’re related to has depression, you have a higher chance of developing depression too.
  • Life events – experiencing trauma or upsetting events in your life can lead to depression. Examples of trauma or life events are:
    • death of a loved one
    • an end of a relationship
    • job loss
  • Painful medical conditions – it’s believed that having persistent pain can cause depression. In fact, those who have diabetes, cancer, or Parkinson’s disease often have depression too.
  • Medication – some medications have depression as a possible side effect.
  • Drugs and alcohol – drugs and alcohol often cause depression or make depression symptoms much worse.
  • Personality – having low self-esteem or low self-worth may give you a higher chance of having depression.
  • Environment – you may be more vulnerable to depression if you’ve been exposed to:
    • violence
    • physical or emotional abuse
    • poverty
    • neglect

10 Symptoms of Depression to Watch Out For

The symptoms of depression can impact the way you feel, the thoughts you have, and the things you do. This serious mental health disorder can make life difficult for yourself and those around you.

Depression can start to feel like it’s controlling every area of your life. And often, depression only gets worse if you don’t seek help.

Be proactive by watching for these depression symptoms in yourself and your loved ones:¹¹·¹²

  • A hopeless outlook on life
  • Loss of interest or withdrawal
  • Decreased sex drive or impotence
  • Increased fatigue
  • Insomnia or restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability (specifically in men who don’t generally recognize their symptoms)
  • Appetite and weight changes
  • Uncontrollable emotions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

While these symptoms range from inconvenient to life-threatening – they should all be taken seriously, and there are ways to start feeling better.

3 Steps to Take to Start Managing Depression

Step #1: Accept It. The first step in managing depression is to accept that you may actually have depression if you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms.

Step #2: Ask For Help. Now that you’ve accepted that you may have depression, you now have given yourself the power to ask for help. Reach out to your primary care physician or mental health professional. You may also want to confide in a friend or loved one that you trust.

Step #3: Put In Place a Long-Term Solution. Work with your doctor to approach depression with a holistic plan so you can start feeling better as soon as possible. This may look like taking medication, trying talk therapy, and/or starting an exercise routine. All these have been proven to help treat depression.

Always follow the advice of your doctor and never consider quitting a medication without your doctor’s guidance, advice, and support.

Explore a Holistic Solution for Managing Depression With a Long-Term Regime

When following the steps to manage your depression, you may find yourself unhappy with the results you’ve achieved using the traditional approach. Maybe, you’re still not feeling your best, and want to supplement your current treatment plan. Or you’re looking for a holistic long-term solution for managing your depression symptoms.

That’s where we come in.

At Brady’s Botanicals, we pride ourselves on helping our clients manage their depression through a holistic approach. We want to help you start feeling better as soon as possible, and as naturally as possible.

We’ve helped hundreds of people keep their depression symptoms in check. Sometimes clients come to us on their own, while others are sent to us directly by their physicians for extra support.

No matter the case, we always recommend clients looking for much-needed relief from depression symptoms to start with our Whole-Plant Extract.

Whole-Plant Extract Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil for a Healthy Body & Mind

It works over time by fighting the symptoms of depression at the source – your brain.

How Brady’s Botanicals Whole-Plant Extract Hemp Extract Works Against Depression

Our Whole-Plant Extract works wonderfully when used as a long-term regime. Especially for crippling mental ailments like depression.

It works by using only the cleanest, purest ingredients.

Ingredient #1: Whole-Plant Extract. We make our Whole-Plant Extract using unique methods to harness the full range of healing properties from the plants we grow on our farm. So when you use our extract, you’re going to get the cleanest, most effective product possible.

Plus, using these methods helps us achieve the Entourage Effect – a theory that all compounds from the plant work together to give you the most unique health benefits and effects.¹³ There’s also scientific research that supports the effectiveness of using certain compounds from the plant to relieve anxiety and mental health conditions, like depression.¹⁴·¹⁵·¹⁶·¹⁷·¹⁸

Ingredient #2: MCT Oil. We make our MCT oil by extracting the MCT’s (medium-chain triglycerides) from coconut oil. There’s a whole slew of benefits from MCT oil, especially when it comes to keeping your brain healthy. MCT oil has been shown to:¹⁹·²⁰·²¹

  • Increase your brain energy by 8-9%
  • Improve low blood sugar
  • Slow the progression of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Fight off inflammation in the brain which is believed to be a cause of depression

Our Whole-Plant Extract also works exceptionally well when used every day. This allows the healing properties to build up within your body, so you can continue fighting depression a little bit each day.

We’re Here to Help You Fight Depression

We’re dedicated to supporting you in any way we can. Because when it comes to depression, there is no cure – yet. The good news is depression can be managed when you take the right steps. There is always hope.

We take mental health and depression very seriously at Brady’s Botanicals. It’s always something our Endocannabinoid Experts are working on so you can live your life to the fullest, without feeling strapped down by depression.

If you’d like more information on how Brady’s Botanicals can help you feel more in control of your depression, call us today for a free consultation with one of our friendly and compassionate Endocannabinoid Experts at 833-692-7239.

If you’re thinking about suicide, worried about a family member or friend, or just need some emotional support from a real live person, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. This resource is completely free and confidential.

Resources

  1. What Is Depression? [APA]
  2. The “Chemical Imbalance” Explanation for Depression: Origins, Lay Endorsement and Clinical Implications
  3. Depression [NIMH] 
  4. Psychotic Depression: What It Is, Symptoms, Causes, and More
  5. Psychomotor Retardation: Agitation, Depression, and Definition
  6. Stupor: Symptoms, Causes, and Diagnosis
  7. Psychosis Depression: Diagnosis, Differential Diagnosis, and Treatment 
  8. Seasonal Affective Disorder [NIMH]
  9. Bipolar Disorder [NIMH]
  10. Depression: Types, Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
  11. 9 Depression Symptoms to Look Out For
  12. Male Depression: Understanding the Issues
  13. The Entourage Effect: How Cannabis Compounds May Be Working Together
  14. Efficacy and Effectiveness of Antidepressants: Current Status of Research
  15. Progress in Bipolar Disorder Drug Design Toward the Development of Novel Therapeutic Targets: A Clinician’s Perspective
  16. Real-World Data on SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects
  17. The Therapeutic Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: An Update From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Report
  18. Evidences for the Anti-panic Actions of Cannabidiol
  19. Stimulation of Mild, Sustained Ketonemia by Medium-chain Triacylglycerols in Healthy Humans: Estimated Potential Contribution to Brain Energy Metabolism
  20. Possible Benefits of Coconut Oil in Multiple Sclerosis
  21. Lauric Acid-rich Medium-chain Triglycerides Can Substitute For Other Oils in Cooking Applications and May Have Limited Pathogenicity
  22. From Inflammation to Sickness and Depression: When the Immune System Subjugates the Brain

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