Most of the people who suffer from a low mood usually fly under the doctor’s radar because they actually do not suffer from full depression. Five or more signs being present for 15 days with at least 1 sign involving loss of pleasure or interest or depressed mood are required by diagnosis of depressive disorder according to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Recurrent thoughts of death, feeling excessive guilt, feeling worthless, inability to focus, fatigue, physical challenges and weight change are other criteria.

The signs must cause occupational or other areas of functioning, impairment in social or significant distress to be diagnosed depression. So what is going to happen if you can carry on with your life, besides feeling this way? Have you be told that you are fine and sent home to “cheer up”? Of course not. It would be better described as low mood or minor depression.

Bringing stigmas with it from medical, economic and perspectives are other concern with using the word depression. I am absolutely cautious using that word because there are many fears attach to it. There is actually an appropriate place and time for a diagnosis of depression. Most of the people fall through the gap between being depressed and feeling good.

How To Recognize That You Have Low Mood?

Mood is very individual and personal thing. Many people are aware when they experience low mood. You may suffer from some of the signs that I’ve mentioned above, come all at once, not last a long time, your organ and hormone systems may be a reason for low mood, so I would advise you to visit your Naturopathic Doctor.

What to Do If You Suffer From Low Mood?

If you are experiencing low mood, you shouldn’t suffer in silence. That’s the most important thing I want to emphasize in this article. Does it mean that you should get medical intervention or rush out to get antidepressants? Probably not. The mood deserves same attentiveness and it is unhealthy minimize what you are experiencing.

There a several ways that can improve your mood, but not pharmaceutical. As serotonin hormones is stored and produced in the gut, dietary changes can do a lot for your mood. Workouts increase the production of endorphin that gives us a pleasure. Herbs and supplements can alter hormone imbalance, improve concentration, mood and energy. Counseling and acupuncture are also beneficial for people with low mood.


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