Depression is a very serious subject and by no means does any doctor, functional, holistic or alternative, downplay the seriousness of what depression can cause. The symptoms of depression are vast, from physical to mental to emotional. The effects are devastating on it’s victims, families, careers, children and futures. Suicide is the most awful ending to depression, but it is not the most common at all.
Most people live with depression. Some seek counseling, while others just suffer through the symptoms. Many learn to live with the symptoms until life is only a shell of what it used to be. But this is not how to handle depression. Even treatment, with a psychiatrist and medication, may not always help the ways that one may expect.
Some of the basic signs of depression include:
- Feeling helpless and hopeless
- No interest in usual daily activities
- Weight loss or gain
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Restlessness or irritability
- No energy
- Lack of concentration
- Unexplained aches or pains
Just like there is no switch to turn depression on, there is also no switch to turn depression off. There are pills, but they are not magic. A recent article published in the Huffington Post, talks about how some of these drugs that are often prescribed for depression, don’t actually even work. Read the full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/depression-medication-why_b_550098.html. Drug companies published several articles recently stating the benefits of some of these medications, only to get caught lying. The truth is that some of these drugs were actually ineffective but the companies chose never to publish those reports. In the end, it was shown that about 80 percent of people showed no improvement on these medications. What does it mean to you? It means that may be you should not rely on drugs alone. Depression is always a serious matter. This is the way your body tells you that something is very wrong. It was shown repeatedly that depression is associated with heart disease and cancer survival. What is means is: depression is not only in you brain, it is everywhere. It affects whole your body. Depression usually is a neurotransmitter problem: serotonin or dopamine or both. To solve the problem you need to find out the root case ad treat it if possible. Seeing a physician is a must. You should not make any decisions about your health care without consulting physician. Remember: depression is a deadly disease. The seven ways you can help to make your life better:
- Fix your gut first. Serotonin, responsible for depression, is produced in the gut. What antidepressants do? Raise serotonin level. But instead of taking Prozac may be you should take care of your gut first? There is no such thing asProzac deficiency. Also you need to make sure that your gut is working properly so that if you are taking vitamins or supplements and they are not being absorbed, you may not be getting the treatment that you need.
- Sun exposure but in moderation.
- Get enough sleep: when you sleep you synthesize neurotransmitters.
- Make sure, that you are checked for heavy metal toxicity: mercury blocks SAMe which is necessary for cathecholamine O Methyl transferase which degrades adrenaline.
- Make sure that your partners are not toxic and that they don’t suck life out of you, but rather bring you more and better life
- More love making (intimacy) can help with depression.
- Diet: what you eat can make you feel physically and emotionally sick. Make sure that you stick to a diet of lean meats and green vegetables, as well as fruits. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, dairy, wheat. Carbs in moderation actually can help with depression. Want to help a depressed friend? Give him something sweet. Or potato. See more on my website about the caveman diet.
What about you?
- Are you suffering from depression?
- Did you lose interest in your life?
- Did you lose your sex drive?
- Are you fatigued all the time?
If you feel like you are suffering from depression and want to seek a natural and effective solution, call Dr. Kalitenko at 718-382-9200 to make an appointment.