More and more people are no longer able to cope with the high demands of their professional and family life. Nervousness, difficulty concentrating, fatigue or imbalance are possible reactions of the body. If these disorders are not treated or the causes are not eliminated, many people react with depressive states of depression or psycho-vegetative disorders to depression. Psychovegetative disorders are mentally caused physical complaints that are not based on organic diseases.
Possible causes of moods
There are a number of possible triggers for moods, such as:
- hormonal changes
- interpersonal problems
- Lack of light in the winter months
- rising life claims
- Sensory overload
- physical illnesses
St. John's wort: effect
With mild moods St. John's wort can help. St. John's wort has a mood-enhancing effect - strong nerve stimuli such as anxiety, panic or nervousness are to a certain extent shielded. The advantage over many other medications: St. John's wort can not make dependent and is very well tolerated.
Medicines from this plant have a high priority in the treatment of depression. The extract works at least as well as synthetic drugs in mild and moderate forms of depression. Patients also respond to St. John's wort as well as twice as well as placebos (dummy medications). It makes you calmer, more relaxed and more resistant to everyday stress.
Side effects of St. John's wort
The full effectiveness of this medicine will only begin after about two weeks. One possible unwanted effect is an increased sensitivity of the skin to the sun. Especially people with fair skin should not take their time under the intake of St. John's wort to the sun, because it can come faster to sunburns.
Certain medications, such as cardiac digoxin, some antidepressants, anticoagulants or a drug that suppresses rejection after organ transplants, may be expected to have an adverse effect on taking St. John's Wort.
Whether taking St. John's wort is right for you is best discussed with your doctor.
What else can you do? 8 tips!
Other ways to mitigate and prevent moods are:
- Learn to differentiate yourself.
- Track down causes of upsets in your life.
- Practice relaxation techniques, for example in anti-stress seminars.
- Set priorities in your life.
- Seek help if you are stuck.
- The mood brightener serotonin is found in carbohydrate-rich foods such as noodles, beans, potatoes, bananas or sweets, especially chocolate.
- Take every ray of sunshine for a walk.
- Eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
What is to be considered in moods?
For depression that goes beyond depression, for example, for a long time or suspected mental illness, a doctor should always be consulted. Patients suffering from sleep disorders, anxiety or physical symptoms should also consult their doctor.
St. John's wort against winter depression
In autumn and winter, the depletion of the hormone melatonin is delayed by the lack of light. The result: We also feel tired and lacking drive during the day. In addition, not enough of the mood brightener serotonin is produced by the lack of sunlight. Periodic depressive symptoms in autumn or winter are referred to as Seasonal Dependent Depression (SAD) or Winter Depression. Melancholy, grief, emptiness, fear are the typical signs of depression.
If fatigue, sweet cravings, fatigue and weight gain are present, this points to an SAD, which begins in the autumn months and ends in the spring. Comforting for many sufferers: Latest in early summer, the depressive symptoms subsided again. It is clearly differentiated from a true depression, which is independent of the season and usually associated with loss of appetite, weight loss and insomnia. In severe cases, specialist care is essential.