Can stress cause depression?
Stress can be good for you as it helps to keep you alert, motivated and primed in responding to danger. For those who often have to face deadlines in their jobs or sports competition, stress can actually help to mobilize the body in responding and improving performance. However, there cannot be too much stress though. Too much stress or chronic stress may lead to major depression in susceptible people.
Even some positive events, such as giving birth, getting married or starting a new job, can become stressful to certain people and may also lead to an episode of major depression. There are also about 10% of people who will suffer from depression without any trigger of any stressful event.
The Stress-Depression Connection
Chronic stress may happen when taking care of a relative with Alzheimer while acute stress may occur with loss of a job or death of a loved one. Both chronic or acute stress can lead to major depression in susceptible people as well as over-activity of the body’s stress-response mechanism.
Chronic or sustained stress, in particular, may lead to elevated hormones especially the “stress hormone” known as cortisol and may reduce serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine, which has a linkage to depression. These chemical systems during normal working conditions, may help to regulate biological processes such as energy, appetite, sleep and sex drive as well as permit expression of normal emotions and moods.
However, when the stress response encounters a failure to shut off and reset after a strenuous or difficult situation has passed, this can actually lead to depression especially in susceptible people.
Nobody throughout their lifespan can ever escape event-related stress. Everybody will encounter either the death of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce or a natural disaster.
Coca Tea and Stress
Believe it or not, coca tea can help ease a stressful life. Instead of taking antidepressants, inhibitors, stimulants or non-stimulants which can cause several side effects, consider the coca leaf as an alternative to complement your medical treatment or even use it as a treatment by itself. A Peruvian medical study “Coca leaf tea and depressive episode” by Luis Alfonso Bolo Solano and Pablo Ocampo Santillan recommended the coca leaf tea as a treatment for mild to moderate depression as it works as a natural antidepressant and incurs a much lower costs as compared to medication.
How to make Coca Tea
- A cup of water
- 10 coca leaves
- Honey to taste
- Pour boiled water into a cup then add in the coca leaves
- Let it rest for about 5 minutes or until it turns greenish in color
- Add honey as desired for a sweeter taste.
Note: Coca teabags or Coca powder can also be substituted if coca leaves are not available.