Causes Of Depression, the body is organized by the brain, and the brain is the sum of the body and all its biochemical interactions.
Depression is often a constitutional disorder–much like a tendency to have cold hands or warm feet or a sour disposition. Some people just start making too little of the essential neurotransmitters and we don’t know why. Sometimes depression is almost purely biogenic and a person feels sad even though their indivual life is wonderful. Sometimes a depressed person has an uncommon need for a particular vitamin. Lousy diet can cause anxiety and loneliness.
There are many diseases which cause depression. A good physician always looks closely for the signs and symptoms of these illnesses. A chronic low grade infection may result in depression, and grief or anxiety may trigger an acute infectious episode. Chronic yeast infections, a history of chronic ear infections, strep throat or other lingering infections may cause depression and the feelings will not be improved until the disease is treated successfully.
Allergic clients are usually depressed and many depressed clients are allergic.
Usually thyroid imbalance causes depression. A good workup for causes of depression includes a Thyroid Stimulation Test. The basal thyroid level is taken, a shot of TRH (thyroid releasing hormone) is given and then levels of TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) are taken at intervals through the day.
Gout is another common cause of depression especially in men, even when they don’t have joint pain. Gouty clients are frequently irritable, grouchy, sad men who mask their sadness by irritated grumpiness. Joint pain preceded by a wave of depression is almost always a gouty arthritis.
The depression of diabetics and hypoglycemics
It often takes the form of anxiety, panic, phobia and “the jitters”. A form or phobia which often puzzles doctors is associated with an unusual insulin response where the blood sugar does not interact with a very large insulin boost, and a terrible sense of helplessness is provoked by a dramatic fall in the level of insulin. This dysinsulinism is difficult to diagnose without a detailed history and close questioning of the client about symptoms.
A glucose tolerance test (GTT) should be given to most depressed clients. For the GTT to be done accurately the client must eat like an idiot for several days – lots of sugar and carbohydrates. In this test, the client is asked to come in fasting in the morning. A fasting glucose blood level is taken, and then a standard measured amount of glucose is given as a soft drink.
The glucose level is taken at the first half hour, and hourly intervals intervals for six hours. If symptoms are provoked while the amount of glucose is dropping, the test can be stopped and a positive diagnosis of hypoglycemia can be read. When there are two glucose values greater than 200 then diabetes is diagnosed. Where there are panic attacks and agoraphobia, an insulin value should be taken with each sample.
Many depressed clients have a history of car sickness.
They can’t read while the car is in motion and many can’t sit in the back seat. Some of these people have chronic low grade infections of the ear. These otitis clients often suffer phobias, especially for heights, travel and closed spaces. Many clients are afraid of open spaces and can’t leave their room or house. All of these clients, even when they claim not in depression, can be help by the medications which relieve depression.
When depression responds to nutritional supplements, the sad feeling is obviously the result of poor nutrition. A response to supplements may be rapid when there is a deficiency or dependency disease. Almost all victims of eating disorders and substance abuse disorders are also in depression.
Many clients who will respond to nutritional interventions, such as high doses of tryptophane or d-phenylalanine, are unable to manufacture a hormone, cortisol. Depending on the history given the doctor may order a dexamethasone suppression test. In this test, an injection of dexamethasone, an artificial form of cortisone, is given after a base line sample is taken. Then samples are taken every four hours through the next day. All the urine produced for 24 hours is also taken and evaluated. When the client has an unusual production of cortisol after the injection, then there is a good chance that medications or amino acids will be productive in the treatment of the disease.
Many clients tell us they have had “every test known to man”, but they have not had any tests which require multiple samples through the day. They have not, then, had the basic tests for the most significant causes of the symptoms of depression – thyroiditis, dysinsulinism, and hormonal imbalance.
Depression Caused By Medicine
Prescription drugs cause an increased need for vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Unfortunately, many doctors do not prescribe supplements along with a prescription and so their clients become nutritionally deficient. Medicines often cause depression directly in addition to causing nutritional imbalances.
Whiplash And Emotional Distress
Depression, panic attacks and anxiety, often emerge after minor head trauma, even when there was no direct blow to the head. The pattern seems to be an accident that occurred suddenly and without warning–or with blurred or confused warning. Sudden, vivid pain, unconsciousness, a vivid sense of embarrassment or helplessness, then immobility or restraint by those trying to help. The blow which caused unconsciousness or even the stress which caused a faint, doesn’t need to have been strong enough to cause bruising inside the head.
Accidents which happen in this very way are, “single trial traumatic conditioning”. People frequently have exceptional distress after minor accidents; they don’t think about their accident as a cause.
Thinking Yourself Into Depression
Superstitious thinking can trigger feelings which create the vicious cycle of fear/emotional pain/panic/depression/lousy thoughts/fear…. Depressed clients frequently are victims of ruminative thinking; they are chewing the cud of thought, thinking the same awful thoughts over and over.
Hangover is a kind of brief depressive disease–you are full of remorse, you obsessively remember your stupid behavior, thinking “oh no!’ The thoughts can cause depression to deepen and become a symptom.
Cognitive therapy (“talk therapy”) is an effective treatment because it breaks the cycle which produces the neurotransmitters which cause the depression.
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