Depression can be a difficult and often debilitating condition for those who suffer from it. It ranges from occasional and mild to chronic and unbearable. A huge list of factors can contribute to depression ranging from poor diet to unresolved emotional issues to neurotransmitter imbalances. Oftentimes, depression occurs in response to stresses that occur as a part of life. Chronic stress can cause low adrenal function which can lead to the depression cycle. An herbal approach to depression includes the long term use of herbs to strengthen the adrenal glands and to nourish and calm the nervous system. It also includes the use of fast acting sedative herbs to curb the acute symptoms of depression.