Teenage Depression


The incidence of teenage depression is rising alarmingly. The symptoms of teenage depression can be hard to recognise. It is common for teenagers to have a small degree of self-doubt, low self-esteem sadness anger or irritability. Some of these symptoms can be attributed to normal hormonal changes, tiredness due to the extra rest the body needs for growth and conflicts that may arise when the 'dependant child', makes the transition to the 'independent adult'.


However, where these patterns are intense or prolonged the teenager may well be suffering from depression. There has evidence that pharmaceutical medication is not appropriate for child and teenage depression. There are other ways of treating depression and coping with depression; including the use of herbal medicine and changes in diet.


The food you eat may be making you depressed. It could be that you are eating food that your body is intolerant to. Wheat for example often has a depressing effect on the mood of some people. The food you eat may be giving you little or no nourishment. Diets high in sugar and/or fast food have been shown to cause depression. Studies show both alcohol and coffee contribute to depression. The nutrients of major importance to prevent or help recover from depression are water, all the B vitamins especially B3, B12 (and B6 for young women), folic acid, Vitamin C,  Magnesium, Iron,  and the essential Fatty acids, especially omega 3. The best way for you to get these nutrients is to eats lots of veggies, fruit, fish, whole grains, and beans, and include some (organic if possible) meat.


Contact Bay Health Clinic today to find out more or to book a consultation with one of our Naturopaths; if needed they will also prepare tailored herbal medicines and recommend supplements to help you feel your best.  Call 07 571 3226 or email us: ask@bayhealth.nz


Original Article July 2009

Copyright Jaine Kirtley