Stress is a normal physical and mental response to both positive and negative situations in life. Stress is not bad in our lives; actually everyone experiences some stress. However, what differentiates between those who are affected to fatal levels and those that lead normal lives is the response to stress.
Uncontrolled chronic stress can cause severe depression. However, stress leads to depression at a faster rate when combined with other factors such as lack of exercises, improper diet; lack of sunlight, allergies and antibiotics among other lifestyle related factors.
Connection between stress and depression
- Uncontrolled stress leads to over-reactivity of the body’s stress response process.
- Particularly, chronic stress leads to elevation of hormones. A good example of these hormones is the cortisol.
- Additionally, a general reduction of serotonin and neurotransmitters such as dopamine in the brain is experienced.
- During optimum working conditions of these hormones biological related processes such as appetite, sleep, sex drive and energy are at their level best.
- However, what causes depression has to do with stress response. When a difficult situation has passed the stress-response is expected to shut down and resume a normal working situation. When this fails to happen this can lead to severe cases of depression.
Effects on lifestyle
- It is quite easy to spot a person suffering from stress and depression. All lifestyle related practices are severely affected and a person may start living a more dangerous and carefree life.
- Depression and stress patients smoke more, drink more, eat less and sleep less comfortably. These behaviors put a patient at a higher risk of suffering from a more fatal depression.
- One can remain in depression even after the stress causing phenomenon has passed. This is due to the damage made by stress on your gut.
- Even after the stressful event is gone, toxins continue getting into your brain and blood stream. For this reason you end up staying in a state of depression.
- This process repeats itself since the depression itself leads to more stress and therefore more gut damage.
How to eliminate depression
• Exercising – this is the cheapest, most effective solutions for eliminating depression. Exercise leads to growth of new brain cells as well as maintaining the general health of existing cells.
• Supplements- individuals with anxiety and stress tend to have low levels of vitamin C.
• Doctors recommend that patients should take 1,000 mg of a vitamin C supplement daily. Additionally, to heal from gut damage, a patient is advised to take multivitamin and supplements of probiotic.
• Diet and lifestyle- when under stress avoid all comfort related foods and lifestyles such as smoking and alcohol drinking. Other foods that you should avoid include salt, sugar, gluten, a cup of wine or even lactose. These foods make the depression more fatal.
• Doctors recommend a regular intake of vitamin C, anti-inflammatory Omega 3 and vitamin D 3. Remember, stress causes inflammation. Eating a diet rich in food that reduces inflammation is therefore the best bet for a depression patient.
• Seek the services of a psychological therapist- this is the best bet for individuals who find it even harder to recover.
However, as a European citizen, applying for a European Health Card is one of the moves that will keep you at a better situation to handle your current as well as future health complications.
Maria Mcquire, an author by profession, was born and brought-up in UK. She is writer and an avid blogger as well, and could pen down on any topic I come across. For now, doing research on Ehic.