Questions for You
- Is your life not as fulfilling as you'd like?
- Do you feel empty, angry, lonely, or just tired all the time?
- Wish you had more zest?
- Has life lost its meaning?
Sadness or downswings in mood are normal reactions to life's struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word "depression" to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness. They may mostly feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic; or even feel angry, aggressive, and restless.
Whatever the symptoms, depression is different from normal sadness in that it engulfs your day-to-day life, interfering with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are often intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.
The NIH lists several signs and symptoms of depression:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
The causes and risk factor for depression are many and far ranging. They include but are not limited to loneliness lack of social support, recent stressful life experiences, family history of depression, marital or relationship problems, financial strain, early childhood trauma or abuse, alcohol or drug abuse, unemployment or underemployment, and health problems or chronic pain.
Depression is readily treatable, although finding the right treatment that works for you can sometimes take time. Specific treatment options include psychotherapy, hospitalization, medications, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and self-help.
Depression and Neurochemistry
Depression has been linked to problems or imbalances in the brain, specifically with regard to the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. The evidence is somewhat indirect on these points because it is very difficult to actually measure the level of neurotransmitter in a person's brain. What we do know is that antidepressant medications (used to treat the symptoms of depression) are known to act upon these particular neurotransmitters and their receptors.
The neurotransmitter serotonin is involved in regulating many important physiological (body-oriented) functions, including sleep, aggression, eating, sexual behavior, and mood. Serotonin is produced by serotonergic neurons. Current research suggests that a decrease in the production of serotonin by these neurons can cause depression in some people, and more specifically, a mood state that can cause some people to feel suicidal.
CES and Depression
Drugs, however, have many serious negative side effects. Other options need to be considered.
As noted, people who are depressed have a demonstrable imbalance in the neurotransmitters which affect their moods and emotions. What they need is a safe and effective way to restore that balance with minimal side effects.
Your neurotransmitter activity is a function of the electrical activity in your brain. By helping your brain's electrical activity to function normally, CES indirectly affects the neurotransmitters, thus helping your brain to return to that pre-depression state of balance. Once your brain's receptors start engaging with the rebalanced levels, you should then return to what was normal for you in the past. And your depression should ebb.
The CES Ultra, using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), is a proven way to treat feelings of depression-without using drugs. Studies show that approximately 70% of people with depression who use the CES Ultra find 70% relief of their symptoms. It does not work for everyone, but it has brought needed relief to thousands.
CES has no withdrawal symptoms, unlike most drugs. It also has not negative side-effects. You can also use the CES Ultra while still on your medication. In fact, it is important that you don't go off your medication until your doctor tells you to do so.
Contact us today to learn more about the CES Ultra approach to depression.