Good mental health is essential for your cognitive, emotional, and behavioural well being. The World Health Organisation defines this term as “A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Also Read - Depression: Popular Myths And Misconceptions Surrounding This Mental Disorder

Mental health is presently one of the most ignored topics in India. And, the current lifestyle has made mental disorders, quite prevalent in society. Some of the most common mental disorders include anxiety, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and depression. Though it is not easy to find if someone is suffering from a mental disorder, certain signs may help in diagnosing the conditions. If someone is withdrawing from people and he is not enjoying things he used to love doing earlier, the person may be a mental disorder patient. Also, sleeping and eating too much, displaying uncharacteristic emotions, thinking of harming someone, delusions, confusion, and a constant feeling of low energy are some of the other symptoms of mental disorders. Also Read - 1 in 7 People in India Suffering From Some Mental Disorder

If you or any of your acquaintance is experiencing these symptoms, you must consult a doctor. In case, you wish to get rid of them naturally, here are some natural antidepressants that may be of some help. Also Read - Rajasthan Rape Case: 'This is Mental disorder & no Accused Will be Spared,' Says Congress Leader Pratap Singh


This herb is being used as an anti-depressant and for calming purposes for a long time now. According to various studies in the field, saffron works in this regard by balancing the levels of neurotransmitters (dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin) that are known to boost pleasurable feelings.

Lavender essential oil

Used for aromatherapy, the lavender essential oil has a calming fragrance that relaxes your senses and relieves anxiety. Also, this oil stimulates certain areas of your brain and increases the secretion of happy hormones, that control your emotions and make you feel good.

Zinc-rich food

According to a research published in the Nutrition Neuroscience, consuming zinc-rich food including meat, beans, whole grains, eggs, seeds, and dairy products can reduce the symptoms of various mental disorders. Notably, a low level of this nutrient is already associated with the onset of mental disorders like anxiety and depression.