Depression, which is also referred to as clinical depression or major depressive disorder, is a mood disorder that creates feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness accompanied by other physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms that can last for a long period of time.
Symptoms of Depression
Symptoms of depression are present during the majority of the day, just about every day, for two weeks or more and may include:
Anger or irritability
Appetite changes, such as eating more or less than usual
Crying more than usual
Feeling agitated or restless
Feeling sad, hopeless, or empty
Feeling worthless, guilty, and/or isolated
Loss of interest in normal activities or hobbies
Loss of energy
Physical symptoms like unexplained headaches, backaches, or stomach-aches
Sleeping too much or not sleeping enough
Thinking about death and/or suicide
Weight changes as a result of appetite changes
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.
But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Types of Anxiety
Anxiety is a key part of several different disorders. These include:
panic disorder - experiencing recurring panic attacks at unexpected times. A person with panic disorder may live in fear of the next panic attack.
phobia - excessive fear of a specific object, situation, or activity
social anxiety disorder - extreme fear of being judged by others in social situations.
obsessive-compulsive disorder - recurring irrational thoughts that lead you to perform specific, repeated behaviours.
separation anxiety disorder - fear of being away from home or loved ones.
illness anxiety disorder - anxiety about your health (formerly called hypochondria).
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - anxiety following a traumatic event.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Symptoms of generalized anxiety include:
increased heart rate
difficulty falling asleep
5-HTP Supplementation and how it can help
5-Hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP, is often used as a supplement to boost serotonin levels.
The brain uses Serotonin to regulate:
Unfortunately, 5-HTP is not found in the foods we eat.
However, 5-HTP supplements, made from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia, are widely available. People are increasingly turning to these supplements to help boost their moods, regulate their appetites, and help with muscular discomfort.
Research has shown that 5HTP may reduce symptoms of panic, as well as anxiety and emotional stress. Research also indicates that 5HTP may be effective in helping to alleviate depression as well as being recognised as being instrumental in regulating ones appetite.
5-HTP has clear benefits for emotional wellbeing by helping to support feeling of S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) through winter and the negative stress reactions and various sleep disorders that tie into it.
Supplementing with 5-HTP will re-balance the levels of Seretonin in your brain to help you manage negative emotions better. You should feel a boost to your happiness within a few days of starting supplementation, whilst at the same time you'll notice lower symptoms of depression and anxiety which will in turn better your overall emotional health and stability.