Depression: Symptoms, Factors and Treatments
Many of my patients have suffered from depression at some point in their lives. It is one of the most common chief complaints that I have treated in my practice over the past 15 years.
Depression can manifest in various different symptoms such as:
– Lack of motivation
– Feeling isolated
– Not wanting to be around other people
– Poor concentration
– No longer finding happiness in activities that used to bring you joy
– Increase or decrease in appetite or weight
– Feeling worthless or guilty
– Stomach pain
– Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Among the most common contributing factors that may lead to depression that I have seen include:
Death of a loved one
other health conditions such as cancer and obesity
If you have suffered past traumatic events or have mental disorders in your family history, it is also more likely you may also develop depression.
Specific laboratory testing is may be helpful to rule out other disorders that may be contributing to feelings of depression, such as hormone fluctuations, hypothyroidism, high blood sugar, and various vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
Naturopathic Treatments Include:
Botanical Medicine ~ tinctures, dried herbs
I help empower my patients with coping strategies and techniques that enable them to ease stressful situations. Having a positive outlook is very advantageous in a circumstance that would otherwise leave someone feeling hopeless or sad.
It is common for people to have unhealthy habits when they feel depressed, such as smoking, over-eating or excessive alcohol intake. Once they feel happier and begin to actively change their negatives habits, their health improves, as do their relationships.