By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Does depression have you on lock down? That is the thing about depression; it is not easy to just “snap out of it”…if it was, why in the world would people “choose” to be depressed? There are several reasons why people may get depressed even though they are not experiencing the typical life experiences that naturally bring depression such as a loss of a loved one, loss of job, loss of a pet, and or divorce. Let’s explore a few reasons that that often get overlooked which can cause symptoms of depression.
1.) Although having hypothyroidism is an entirely different condition than depression, not being capable of producing enough thyroid hormones (TSH, T3, T4) could be the cause of feeling depressed. Common symptoms of Hypothyroidism is fatigue, insomnia, feeling chilled, not able to lose weight and hair loss which can all cause a person to feel depressed. There is also Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis which is a pretty common auto immune condition which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. Most of our patients that have this condition feel depressed when they first come in.
2.) Hormones like testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol imbalances are common in people who struggle with mood swings and depression. Hormones not being balanced can affect one’s quality of life including the desire to do things that make you happy in life, including smile.
3.) Nutrient deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals could also be the reason you are feeling depressed. Vitamins B6, B12, folate, and iron are just a few nutrients that you do not want to be short because most people who are have been found to be depressed didn’t have enough of these nutrients. A deficiency in Vitamin D as well has been shown to be connected to depression and fatigue. Instead of reaching anti depressant medicines, the real issue could be that you are simply low in certain nutrients.
4.) Low Neurotransmitters could be another cause of depression. The brain’s neurotransmitters all need to be in balance. We can test for serotonin, dopamine, nor-epinephrine and epinephrine levels, plus methylation of folic acid to folate.
Depression is real! We understand that! But why not check find out if the depression is due to your thyroid, hormones, nutrients levels or neurotransmitters? All of the above are easy to test for and can be supported with natural remedies! Not sure where to start? Give our office a call; our passion is helping people be their healthiest and feel their very best!
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.