Dr. Muhammad Hafez Ibrahim
Scientists from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience from Britain have proven a relationship between staying at home for a long time and severe depression. Where the researchers came to this conclusion by following the health status of 164 people suffering from severe depression, where from the geolocation data they obtained from the volunteers’ smartphones, it became clear to them how much time the patients spent in their homes. According to the scientists, older people with more severe symptoms were less likely to leave the house. And they noticed that the relationship between symptoms on weekdays was stronger than on weekends. To feel happy, improve memory and have a positive effect on the brain. She advised the need to pay attention to spices , which act as antioxidants, some of which have other beneficial properties. For example, turmeric reduces anxiety, and saffron
on fighting depression. And dark chocolate a similar effect to fighting stress, anxiety and depression.
The US Food and Drug Administration has clarified that happiness hormones are chemicals in the brain that control mood, fight depression and improve memory. The happiness hormones play an important role not only in women’s menstrual cycles and reproductive health but direct a range of processes in both men’s and women’s bodies from skin changes and weight gain to starvation, even how much calcium your body should keep and how much to get rid of. Hormones are released by glands into the bloodstream and act on different organs and tissues to control everything from the way your body works to how you feel.
A group of hormones is called “ feel-good hormones ” When your body and mind experience a feeling of happiness due to a certain group of hormones that are released in In the blood, this group of hormones is called the happiness hormones and they are considered neurotransmitters, which means that they carry messages across the spaces between nerve cells. And the hormones of happiness that make you feel happy are:
= dopamine : It is an important factor in your brain’s reward system and is associated with pleasurable sensations, along with learning, memory, and motor system function. There is some evidence that the brain releases more dopamine when we meditate and the change in awareness that occurs during meditation triggers it.
= serotonin: This hormone, a neurotransmitter, helps regulate mood as well as sleep, appetite, digestion, your ability to learn and memory. Exposure to sunlight or bright light is another way to naturally increase serotonin levels.
= Oxytocin : This hormone is what prompts the mother to care for and protect the newborn and spread calm and joy about the child. It is the same hormone that is secreted by the body when you fall in love and embrace someone, hence it is called the “love hormone”. This is the hormone that allows people to develop trust, empathy and bonding in relationships.
= endorphins : Endorphins are a natural pain reliever that the body produces in response to stress or discomfort, and endorphin levels tend to increase when engaging in reward-producing activities such as eating or exercising. Neurotransmitters at work ensure that People feel this feeling of euphoria.
The British National Health Authority explained the symptoms of home and clinical depression as well as natural treatment methods. Clinical depression is a type of general depression that causes a persistent feeling of hopelessness with difficulty working, studying, sleeping, eating, and enjoying friends and activities. Some people suffer from clinical depression, also called “severe depression” only once in their lifetime, while others suffer from it several times. Severe depression can run from generation to generation in families, as well as in people without a family history of the disease. Clinical depression causes a bad mood most of the day, and especially in the morning, with a loss of interest in normal activities and relationships.
Hormonal changes may lead to women During puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, miscarriage, and menopause, they increase their chances of developing household and clinical depression. Other factors that increase the risk of clinical depression in women include increased stress at home or at work, difficulty balancing family and work life, and caring for a senior parent.
The British National Health Authority explained the symptoms of domestic and clinical depression as follows:
= tiredness or loss of energy nearly every day.
= Feeling of worthlessness or guilt every day.
= Poor focus and frequency.
= Persistent insomnia or hypersomnia.
(= Significantly decreased interest or pleasure in all activities.
= Recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
= significant weight loss or gain.
Home and clinical depression can be treated according to the research of the British National Health Authority as follows:
= Treatment of mild depression : If depression is mild, it is suggested to wait for a short time; To see if it gets better on its own, see your doctor once or twice a week to monitor your progress. This is known as watchful waiting.
= exercise: that exercise can help treat depression, and is one of the main treatments for mild depression.
= Self-Help : Talking about your feelings can be helpful; You can talk to a friend or relative, a doctor or a psychotherapy service or any self-help groups for people with depression in your area. You can try self-help books or online cognitive behavioral therapy.
= Talk therapy : There are different types of speech therapies for depression, including cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling.
= taking antidepressants : Antidepressants are medicines that treat symptoms of depression, there are different types of antidepressants, But it must be prescribed by a doctor.
= Cognitive Behavioral Therapy : Cognitive behavioral therapy aims to help you understand your thoughts and behaviors and how they affect you. Cognitive behavioral therapy recognizes that events in the past may have shaped you, but it often focuses on how to change how you think, feel and act in the present . This type of therapy teaches you how to overcome negative thoughts.
Also, medical experts at Mayo Hospital in Arizona, USA, revealed that there are natural foods that make a person Much happier and able to improve a person’s mental health after eating it. Where doctors advised to improve the mood by eating it, and the most important food sources that produce the hormones of happiness are:
= chicken meat without the skin.
= Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt.
= Pumpkin and sesame seeds.
= Whole carbohydrate sources such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
= All types of fatty fish that contain a high percentage of omega-3 acids, which help relieve symptoms of depression, and stimulate the production of happiness hormones or serotonin and dopamine.
= Legumes, nuts, and eggs, contain amino acids, including tryptophan, which is necessary to maintain the balance of serotonin in the body. Tryptophan is important for humans for normal sleep and wakefulness.
= Spinach and broccoli, they are rich in folic acid, which in the event of a deficiency in the body causes sleep disturbance and depression.
= Eating some spices such as turmeric and saffron.
= Eating dark chocolate without sugars.