Depression is not unusual in cases of Epstein Barr – the virus responsible for mononucleosis or glandular fever. Depression is especially evident when Epstein Barr becomes chronic or long-standing.
Depression is not simply a matter of feeling a bit gloomy or sad for a couple of days. It is a serious condition which causes both physical and emotional symptoms.
Depression is usually noticeable by feeling sad and losing interest in everyday activities for at least a couple of weeks. There may be behavioral differences like withdrawal from family and friends, the incapacity to concentrate, or dependence on drugs or alcohol.
Feelings of being overwhelmed, frustrated, annoyed, guilty, indecisive, and thoughts of being a failure are not uncommon.
Physical symptoms (which can be difficult to delineate from those of Epstein Barr), may include lethargy, exhaustion, headaches, muscle aches, sleeping problems and a poor appetite.
If you feel you may be suffering from depression, then it is vital that you seek help from your doctor or a trained health professional. In numerous cases, low serotonin levels in the brain may contribute to depression, and can be balanced. Finding kindness and support from your family and friends – like just having someone to chat with is of great importance.
The natural approach to depression is to use nutrients such as fish oils, zinc and the B complex to help support the brain. There are also some good natural antidepressants like St Johns Wort, which you can try out with the aid of a doctor or naturopath.
Music therapy has been shown to be an effective non-drug approach for reducing depression and anxiety. Finding music that inspires and uplifts you is important – avoid sad, violent or disturbing music tracks.
Massage can help in alleviating depression as it releases endorphins or “feel-good chemicals” into your system. The benefits derived from these massage can last several hours. Types of massage you can experiment with include shiatsu, Swedish, lymphatic massage, sports massage, scalp massage and reflexology.
Some of my patients use meditation, yoga and visualization to focus on their breathing and calm their mind. This appears to centre and balance their body to keep depression at bay. It needs to be practiced regularly, preferably every day for best results.
Scientifically, sunshine and regular exercise have been shown to greatly assist with the recovery from depression. In fact, some of my patients tell me that their daily walk is what keeps their depression under control. Taking the time to rest, eating a high protein diet and drinking lots of water are just as important.
The natural approaches for treating depression with Epstein Barr are a good starting point for many. If your depression is severe or not improving please make time to talk with your doctor or health professional.