Many people suffer from a mild case o the blues during the winter and without some form of holistic self-care, it can escalate into chronic anxiety, paranoia, and phobias. Anxiety often comes hand in hand with depression. It is a case of “which came first – the chicken or the egg?”   Anxiety can cause depression and vice versa., and thankfully there are natural ways to treat these conditions without prescription drug interventions.  Interventions from natural medicine can include cognitive therapy, biofeedback, IV drip therapy, vitamin injections and homeopathy.
Depression is defined several different ways – from a bad mood to a serious suicidal condition.  Here are the four different mood levels.
Bad moods are preventable or easy to treat. They only last a short period of time. Often just a break from work, a brisk walk every day or cutting back on stress, junk food and the situations that trigger you can snap you out of a bad mood.
Mild to Moderate Depression:
This is the most common form of depression and it affects eleven million Americans. An estimated 1 out of 4 Canadians will suffer from depression severe enough to require treatment in their lifetime. This common type of depression is known as dysthymia and responds well to vitamin therapies and behavioral therapy.
Clinical Depression:
This is depression that is so severe that the person loses all interest in the outside world. The behavioral changes are pronounced and prolonged. Clinical depression often requires clinical treatment.
This is the more severe level of depression. The person self-evaluates their situation and decides that he or she might be better off dead. This condition also requires professional clinical treatment.
Talking About Depression Prevents its Progression

It is very important that you share how you feel about things with family, friends and health professional. Consult your doctor always if you find that depression affects normal function. If the depression lasts longer than two months then you may need to investigate treatments such as life therapy, lifestyle changes, changes in diet vitamin therapies and homeopathic remedies.
Talking about depression is uncomfortable for most people, to the extent that they become anxious at the prospect of being diagnosed with it.  However, it must be recognized and dealt with or it can feed your anxiety even more.
There are three steps to take to overcome depression.
1.    You need to acknowledge that there is a problem.
2.    You need to overcome the debilitating lethargy and apathy that is part of the condition.
3.    You need to overcome the stigma attached to depression and drop the fear of being “found out.”
The goal is to be strong and to identify any depression that might be present by filling out these questionnaires. The clearer your picture that you can get of the extent of your depression the easier it will be for you to overcome it.
The problem is that anxiety and depression are a vicious circle. Over time the trauma of experiencing so much panic, stress, anxiety attacks, a period of low self-esteem and lack of choices in life reduces the feel-good chemical in the brain. The next thing you know you know you have an escalated case of severe depression.
The good news is that if you can identify the cause of the depression you will be able to identify what is ultimately is causing the chronic anxiety in the first place.
There are natural ways to deal with winter depression and boost your general health at the same time. If you are curious about how homeopathy, IV therapy, vitamin therapy, biofeedback and other measures can help prevent depression then free to contact us at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare website at, or you can call our Toronto Office a (416) 656-8100.  We offer many other types of naturopathic care including Toronto weight loss and mesotherapy. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at 905 427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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