“Every medical text book, at least up until a few years ago, indicated that one of the most common effects of inadequate vitamin C is depression?

We very seldom go to a psychiatrist who measures our vitamin C level.”
– Hugh D. Riordan, M.D. (1932-2005) psychiatrist and researcher, co-founder of the Olive W. Garvey Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning.

While many physicians jump right into SSRI prescription for a depressed patient it is important to rule out the medical causes of feeling sad, unproductive, empty, tired, bitter, hollow, experiencing tension, anxiety, sleep disturbance, fatigue, emotional withdrawal and difficulty with clear thinking to mention a few symptoms of depression. A thorough medical exam and ruling out easily treatable conditions leading to depression is THE MOST IMPORTANT FIRST STEP in ensuring proper treatment.

There are many overlooked physical illnesses and conditions that cause symptoms like depressions and here are some of them to rule out:

● Lyme disease
● Thyroid abnormalities
● Anemia
● Diabetes
● Candida overgrowth
● Mold
● Parasites
● Sleep apnea
● Chronic sinusitis
● Hormonal imbalances
● Brain injuries
● Vitamin, mineral and nutritional deficiencies
● Digestive disorders
● Food sensitivities
● Celiac and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
● Heavy metal toxicity
● And others

According to Psychology Today-”stuffy nose that lasts for months is enough to get anyone a little down. Still, it’s surprising to discover that depression affects as many as one-fourth of people with chronic sinusitis—long-lasting inflammation of the sinuses” [1]

Prescription drug use and depression

1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression [2]
There are certain medications like Prilosec or Zantac for acid reflux, Xanax for anxiety, painkillers including ibuprofen, ACE inhibitors (used to treat high blood pressure) and anti-convulsant drugs you may often unknowingly be increasing your risk of depression. People are not only increasingly using these medicines alone, but are increasingly using them simultaneously. It is the cumulative effect of all drug interactions that needs to be taken into account.

Many of these common drugs are prescribed to treat lifestyle conditions easily fixable with modification of habits, diet and creating the proper environment that ensures healing success. Drugs are often prescribed to treat side effects of the previously prescribed drugs creating a vicious overmedicated and long term cycle like the one of taking ADHD medication Adderall to lift the mood and help focus; another to counter the side effects of that drug; others to improve the appetite and help with sleep; and when that doesn’t work and anxiety worsens adding another sedative.

Another problem with increased prescription drug usage is worth looking at. According to Consumers Report National Research Center 2017 survey indicates that 53% of those who take prescription drugs take them from more than one healthcare provider which often means there is no consolidation of efforts amongst the physician to ensure minimal risk of drug interaction.

U.S. statistics speak for themselves. The study conducted by CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates those high amounts of taking several of prescription medications within a 30 day period [3]. Percentage of of persons using at least one prescription drug turned out to be 48.9%, three or more prescription drugs 23.1% and five or more 11.9%. A skilled integrative physician can help come-up with immediate and long term health solutions aimed at addressing the root cause of feeling depressed.

Harmless solutions

Ruling out any of the above depression impostors, changing the diet, limiting salt and sugar intake, increasing exercise, movement, breath and nutritional density of foods consumed, eliminating food allergies and sensitivities, taking the right supplements and learning how to cope with stress from life, grief, work and relationships is crucial first step to healing from any condition and often a sufficient step.

The list might seem overwhelming at first but rest assured,the Centre offers support and guidance.While we all have the innate ability to heal ourselves it is through the right professional support and environment we are able to do so.

Depression is most current global issue affecting and damaging the course of life of the youngest generations. According to the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey―Mental Health, Canadians 15 to 24 years old had a higher rate of depression than any other age group with suicide being the second leading cause of death (after accidents), accounting for nearly a quarter of deaths in the 15-24 category. [4]. With such widespread epidemics, we are all affected and need to be more aware of the many causes of depression needed to eliminate often lifelong suffering of entire family units, not just the one person or child.

When treating any illness, including depression it is imperative to examine it within the context of life, exploring specific biological, environmental, psychological, social and spiritual influences.

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