Depression can often be looked at as a biochemical and physiological imbalance.Â Patients often state that their lives are quite god and there are no external problems that they can pin on their depression.Â Often they are leading lives that are quite blessed and they can’t think of a good reason why they are feeling the way they feel.Â They feel fatigued, complain about the inability to concentrate, have problems with weight loss, and often feel anxious, stressed, out of control and out of hope.
Of course there are psychological factors that only a qualified therapist should approach but often there are biochemical, hormonal and nutritional imbalances that must be taken in to consideration.Â Hormonal imbalances that can contribute to depression can include, but are not limited to, thyroid, serotonin, sex hormones and adrenal stress hormones. Food allergies, chronic systemic yeast and glucose issues may also contribute.
Neurotransmitters can be assessed and related to depression.
In order to treat people with depression, a through case history and physical examination must be performed.Â Depression is not usually a stand alone disease and people who suffer from depression often have symptoms that they have not associated with their depression and only realize the association after the have gotten better. One example is food allergies.Â Allergies to foods, along with other chemicals, food additives, food colorings, household cleaners, molds, herbs and medications can all be tested for and can be causative factors for people suffering from depression.
Since the mind and body cannot be separated, depression and a person’s physical well being must be assessed in an integrative manner.