Sadness is a normal response to many life events. But when this emotional state persists after the triggers have been removed, it should be reassessed, and could be clinical depression.
4.7% of the UK population suffers depression, 4.7% suffer anxiety and 9.7% of the population suffers a combination of both.
The biological drivers of depression are unique to each individual, but there is generally some level of hormone and neurotransmitter imbalance.
There is also a genetic predisposition to suffer mood disorders which can increase the likelihood of a person suffering from depression.
The traditional view in Chinese medicine is that the liver is the organ which regulates emotions and the primary organ involved with depression and hormone regulation.
As with every health issue, the key is to look at gut health.
Your digestive system has its own nervous system, the enteric nervous system, which could function separately to the brain and produces around 90% of your body’s serotonin.
Studies have demonstrated that anxiety and depression are linked with gastrointestinal symptoms and a correlation in adults who had stomach aches as children ending up more likely to suffer anxiety as adults.