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If you are looking for ways to treat illnesses and ailments, then there are more avenues to take than ever before. The consensual opinion merging of all types of nationalities and cultures through the Internet means that there are more alternative treatments for any given problem. While proven medical justification for many supposed remedies varies, many alternative treatments are now being recommended by physicians themselves. This article examines the symptoms of depression and the use of oxytocin in alleviating them.

Depression in the modern world

The CDC states that depression affects roughly 1 in 10 adults in the US, which is a figure that echoes around most of the western world. As it stands, depression is therefore a very relevant issue for the general health of the populace, and it becomes even more important when the symptoms of depression are noted.

The causes, symptoms, and severity of depression vary hugely. There are genetic, sociological, psychological and biological causes of depression, including substance abuse, pharmaceutical prescriptions and life events. What is more clear are the symptoms, which include general low mood levels, with low interest and low enjoyment for usually enjoyable activities and events, and low self esteem. Depression is sometimes very mild, and the result of something common in life like something not going quite right, whereas in other cases Major Depressive Disorder can be caused by many different things and can be completely debilitating.

Why is depression so prevalent?

This is a very difficult question to answer, because everybody is different, and because there are so many different things that can cause on their own or in part mood disorders and depression. However, depression is commonly linked to social standing, relationships and other such effects of the world around us. We know that the world is quickly changing, and many people are stating that technology is subverting our collective mentality, making disassociation more prevalent, increasing isolation and, ultimately, cases of depression.

Treatment

Effective treatment of depression needs a close consideration of the factors that may be causing the problem in the patient. The treatments are as diverse and subtle as the factors that cause it, and, for chronic sufferers, an individual treatment plan is drawn up. The hormonal or endocrine system is the body’s way of dealing with stress, and over activeness of the HPA axis is often the cause of depression for many patients (1). Serotonin based remedies are often prescribed for patients with hormonal imbalance, since serotonin is associated with feelings of happiness and well-being.

There is another hormone that has effects similar to serotonin. The ‘love hormone’ oxytocin is a hormone associated with calmness and content, and is linked to social interaction and bonding. Deficiencies in oxytocin could cause postpartum depression due to lack of bonding between mother and child, though the effects of oxytocin are proving highly beneficial to depression sufferers at large (2).

What can oxytocin do?

The effects of oxytocin help to alleviate the symptoms of depression by promoting good feelings within the patient. The effects of oxytocin help not only to promote the feelings of well being within the user, but the social implications of oxytocin (such as forming and maintaining healthy relationships, retaining high levels of trust, and being more accepting of others) can cause a system of positive feedback which helps bring the patient out of the depths of depression. Forming better relationships gives you a better chance of leading a life you are more satisfied with, which is a natural method of dealing with depression, since many people get depressed simply because they are unhappy with where they are in life.

Oxytocin Factor is a non-prescription supplemental oxytocin in either a sublingual liquid, which is dripped underneath the tongue, or a nasal spray for quick and convenient application. Online reports and testimonials are proving highly positive, with results ranging from improvement to complete eradication of the problem. A leading family physician states that oxytocin is one of the most important hormonal supplements available today and has a myriad of benefits for people suffering from a range of emotional problems, and so you should seriously consider oxytocin as the solution to your problem (3).

While oxytocin is available for non-prescription, it is always best to check with your physician first, especially if you are on any other medication.

(1)- http://psychcentral.com/disorders/depressionresearch.htm

(2)- http://www.nhs.uk/news/2011/05May/Pages/oxytocin-levels-may-cause-postnatal-depression.aspx

(3)- http://oxytocincentral.com/2012/02/dr-tammy-tucker-discusses-oxytocin/

For more information contact Bryan Post, Managing Editor of Oxytocin Central info@oxytocincentral.com or call (405) 476-1983

 

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