Category Archives: Depression

How Hypothyroidism Affects the Entire Body

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The thyroid is integral to health and affects nearly every cell in the body. Its influence can be seen in how the body relays information, triggers activity, regulates various substances, and oversees many other aspects of wellness. Therefore, a malfunctioning thyroid often results in a cascade of symptoms that can appear nearly anywhere in the body. The deep interconnectivity of the body means that the areas directly affected by poor thyroid function can reverberate and damage other, seemingly unrelated areas. Hypothyroidism is one of the most common forms of thyroid disease that, like other thyroid conditions, can cause systemic disruption. Understanding thyroid dysfunction and its significant impact on nearly all the body’s systems can lead to improved diagnosis, treatment, and wellness. What is Hypothyroidism? The thyroid is responsible for the production and regulation of hormones that influence systems throughout the body. It is estimated that thyroid disease affects over 20 […]

A Unique Approach to Women’s Health Optimization

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The most important thing to understand about women’s health is that each woman is unique. Optimizing women’s health involves a broader view of women as complex beings. The following 5 aspects of health are key in recognizing a holistic approach to women’s health. Energy As medical practitioners, fatigue is a primary concern for our patients. This symptom can be due to a wide variety of causes including lack of sleep, poor nutrition, hormone imbalances, infections, and/or stress. The treatment plan for tackling fatigue should involve a complex approach by treating the woman as a whole and looking into a range of potential causes. Immune Our immune system acts by warding off potential threats such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and toxins that may be present in the environment we live in. More than finding ways to attack the “enemies”, a better long-term approach to boosting and supporting our immune systems from […]

Is it Mental Illness or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis?

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Originally Posted November 2019Updated September 2019 Imagine having all the symptoms of a major mental illness such as manic depression, paranoid schizophrenia, psychotic depression, or even a bipolar disorder. One day you wake up with overflowing physical energy, even feeling severely anxious, with a rapid heartbeat, profuse sweating, trembling hands, and diarrhea, and you can’t stop losing weight. Then soon enough, without warning, your energy plummets. You feel like a slug, are constipated, your hair starts falling out, you gain weight no matter how little you eat, and you are severely depressed. You may have difficulty swallowing, sound hoarse, and feel like you have swallowed something that wont go down. And then, suddenly, your old symptoms return, and you feel anxious, sweaty, trembling, and panicky. This cycle can repeat itself again and again. While your symptoms resemble a mental health issue, they could be signs of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, one cause […]

Is Ketamine the Answer to Treating Depression Caused by Chronic Illness?

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Sadly, standard treatment practice for depression does not fully acknowledge or address the connection between chronic illness and mental health. Fortunately, it may be possible to effectively treat depression while also improving elements of chronic illness. Research suggests that ketamine therapy may prove to be a safe and effective approach to alleviating depression while also limiting multiple symptoms commonly cause by chronic illness. What is Depression? Depression is an exceptionally common mental health issue. It estimated that every year over 19 million Americans suffer from depression. Despite its frequency there are still many questions regarding the cause of depression and how best to treat. Identifying Depression Depression can manifest itself in many ways. Even though it is classified as a mental health disorder, depression can trigger physical irregularities in addition to disrupting psychological wellness. Familiarity with the many signs and symptoms of depression facilitates earlier recognition, treatment, and recovery. Some […]

Is Depression the Catch-All Diagnosis for Most Doctors?

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Originally Posted April 2017Updated August 2019 Patients of all ages have reported similar experiences of visiting doctor after doctor hoping for answers on why they’re having headaches, fevers, blurred vision, extreme fatigue, tremors, heart palpitations, digestive upset, and other mysterious and debilitating symptoms. Over and over the diagnosis is made, often without a thorough examination or testing. “Depression,” they say. “I’ll give you a referral to a psychiatrist.” Or “It’s anxiety. There’s a medication for that.” Or simply “You’re just stressed. You need to relax more.” The widespread recognition of the mind-body connection among the medical community is a positive thing – but have some doctors taken it too far? Have psychosomatic illnesses become a catch-all diagnosis? If so, these physicians may be doing more harm than good in many cases. It’s almost unheard of nowadays to hear a doctor say, “I’m really not sure what’s causing your symptoms.” For […]

Common Depression Triggers and How to Deal with Them

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Anyone can get the blues, but if it seems that sadness and feelings of worthlessness and/or despair have become part of your everyday life, it may be time for you to talk with your doctor about depression. Depression affects so many people. It is an illness that can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, class or gender. Depression affects more than 19 million Americans each year, and more than 350 million people of all ages globally. This condition can affect your ability to work or go to school, have deep relationships, and make your daily activities more difficult to perform, as well as cause physical symptoms including headaches and physical pain. One way of combating depression is by understanding depression triggers – life events that lead to or worsen depression. Watch the video below to learn about common depression triggers and how you can deal with them. For even more […]

How Sleep is Involved in Regulating Mood and Wellness

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Sleep plays an important role in the regulation of important bodily functions including mood regulation, energy level, and mental wellness. Because of this, those who do not get adequate rest are likely to suffer from mental dysfunction and mood disorders such as depression. However, by making quality sleep a priority, you may be able to combat depression, alleviate a variety of symptoms, and improve overall wellness. The Importance of Sleep Sleep is the body’s primary means of restoration. While we sleep, various activities occur in the brain and elsewhere that regenerate, reset, and rebalance many essential elements of health. Because of its powerful restorative effects, getting adequate sleep is a critical component of wellness. Sleep is composed of five distinct stages. The deepest stage of sleep known as REM (rapid eye movement), which supports improved learning, memory, and better mental and emotional health. REM sleep is acquired only through extended […]

Can a Poor Diet Cause Depression Symptoms?

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A great amount of research shows that diet has significant influence on mental health and more specifically the occurrence of mental health disorders. Knowing how diet influences depression and understanding the basics of a diet focused on mental health can help alleviate symptoms and improve mental wellness. Dealing with Depression Depression is a pervasive mental health disorder that causes many significant and oftentimes debilitating. Some of the most common symptoms of depression are sadness, anxiety, lack of motivation, loss of appetite, malaise, and loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities. Because of this, many practitioners rely solely on antidepressants and other medications that attempt to resolve specific areas of dysfunction. Sadly, this approach does not attend to underlying issues and overlooks or discounts other importance factors of depression such as diet. Fueling Neurotransmitters with Healthy Foods An essential element of mental wellness is proper balance of neurotransmitters. These chemicals are […]

How a Hormone Imbalance Can Cause Depression

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Hormones influence virtually every bodily function and disruption of their activity can result in significant health issues and chronic conditions including depression. Without identifying and addressing an underlying hormonal imbalance, it is unlikely that a patient’s depression will not improve. The Lowdown on Depression Depression is a mood disorder affecting a troubling number of people. In 2016 the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimated that 16.2 million Americans, roughly 6.7 percent of adults, had at least one major depressive episode during the year. Furthermore, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) over 300 million individuals worldwide experience depression within a year’s time. Make sure you know the difference between “the blues” and depression. Unfortunately, the most common approach to treating depression is to simply prescribe antidepressants without a thorough examination of the cause. This practice often causes more harm than good. To properly treat this prevalent mood disorder, it […]

Is a Neurotransmitter Imbalance to Blame for Your Depression Symptoms?

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Neurotransmitters are chemicals involved in the regulation of neurological function. Because of this, disruption or deficiency of neurotransmitters can result in major mood disorders such as depression. Having a better understanding of what neurotransmitters are, knowing how they influence neurological activity, and learning what can be done to better support neurotransmitter balance may help alleviate symptoms of depression. What Are Neurotransmitters? Proper neurological function relies on effective and expedient communication between many different regions of the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain that facilitate the transport of information. Neurotransmitters do this by bridging the gap between nerve cells, known as the synapse, and activating the appropriate receptor or receptors on the other side. An imbalance or malfunction in neurotransmitter activity can interrupt communication between neurons. Such disruption can cause significant neurological interference that may result in the development of depression. The Effect of Neurotransmitters on Mood Neurotransmitters regulate many […]

Is It Just “The Blues” or Something More?

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Depression is a mental disorder that can lead to serious emotional, psychological, and physical issues if not properly identified and subsequently treated. Therefore, being able to distinguish between “the blues” and depression is paramount to individual wellness. Seeing the Signs Depression causes a broad range of symptoms that can trigger significant physical, mental, and emotional strain. Unfortunately, due to its wide impact, symptoms of depression may seem vague or inconclusive to some patients. Being able to identify the signs of depression is incredibly important. Depression often goes untreated simply because individuals do not recognize their symptoms. It is common for patients to experience symptoms of depression for extended periods without realizing that their woes may be caused by a singular underlying disorder. Some of the most common symptoms of depression include: Anxiety Difficulty concentrating Fatigue or exhaustion Headaches Increased or decreased appetite Indecisiveness Insomnia or not feeling well-rested Irritability Loss […]

Understanding Holiday Blues and What You Can Do to Avoid It

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Depression is the most common mental condition affecting an estimated 16 percent of adults. According to Robert Hales, chair of the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, stressful events, many of which occur during the holidays, may trigger up to 50 percent of all depressive episodes! Learning more about the holiday blues and methods of combatting them can help keep your holidays happy and healthy. Recognizing the Holiday Blues The holiday blues most frequently occur during times of change and stress. With so many seasonal obligations it is not surprising that these many changes and experiences cause people to experience a great deal of stress. As holiday-related commitments and expectations increase you can experience depressive episodes known as the holiday blues. Nearly 14 percent of American’s experience depression during the holiday season. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the symptoms and causes so you can effectively […]