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Holiday Blues? A Natural Way to Beat Depression

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Holiday Blues? A Natural Way to Beat Depression
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More than 19 million people suffer from depression in the U.S. annually. During or just after the holidays those feelings can intensify. Holiday depression can be brought on by many factors including unrealistic goals, added financial stress, family expectations, change of schedule and eating patterns. Depression manifests itself in many ways, including sleep disturbances, irritability, sadness, hopelessness, sluggishness, forgetfulness and lack of energy. According to Dr. Nedley, M.D. a depression specialist, just a few basic lifestyle changes can help sufferers break free of the trap of depression whether they are suffering from seasonal, mild to severe depression.

Most of us change our diet during the holidays but we have a tendency to change towards the negative by overeating and eating too many sweets. Still, changing your diet for the better can be the first step on the path to losing those blues. Depression is caused by many factors but one common theme is that whenever a person is depressed there are decreased levels of three neurotransmitters; serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Most antidepressant drugs raise one of these levels but the only drugs that raise all three also have a high risk of side effects. Nature, though, has provided you with the perfectly safe way to raise all three neurotransmitters. It is important to note that Nedley does not recommend making any medical changes to those already being treated for depression.

Neil Nedley, MD, author of Depression: the Way Out, says one answer is omega-3. Studies have shown that omega-3 is nature's way of fighting depression. When a person is depressed the body begins to crave omega-3. If it doesn't get what it craves then you fall further into depression; if it does get the needed omega-3 your body will begin to heal itself.

The tricky part is getting the omega-3. "Most people who get omega-3 in significant quantities get it from cold-water ocean fish. The downside to this is that fish are also high in mercury and pesticides, and mercury is a contributing factor to depression," says Nedley. "The best way to get the omega-3 you need is through plant-based sources." The number one source of omega-3 is flax seeds. But let's face it, not many people eat a lot of flax seeds every day. The number two source is English walnuts, but again those are more of a delicacy in today's average diet, not a staple. And you need about 3,000 milligrams of omega-3 daily to boost those neurotransmitter levels up where they need to be.

Recommending the proper type and amount of omega-3 is just one of the many ways Dr. Nedley has helped thousands of people out of the pit of depression. Nedley has devoted his life to discovering ways to combat depression and help people rid themselves of this debilitating condition. He shares his nutritional, lifestyle and spiritual plan in a free, comprehensive, Depression - Recovery Introductory Seminar now offered by Gwen Bigham, a certified Program Director of the Dr. Neil Nedley Wellspring Depression Recovery Program. Nedley's, Wellspring Clinic is known worldwide for its high rate of success in the treatment of depression.

This eight week informational seminar, funded by the Gettysburg Seventh-day Adventist Church, will be available to the general public, free of charge. The only cost is for the class text and workbook and other materials, which are available at a reduced cost. The mandatory introductory session will be at this location:.

  • February 7, 8  at 6 pm. at the Gettysburg Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 1495 Biglerville Road in Gettysburg.
For more information about the Nedley program and to a reserve materials, phone Gwen Bigham at 334-4947.