Depression is a mental disease in which one feels prolonged sadness, frustration, anxiety, and more. This disease is hard to diagnose and there are many different levels of severity. In a recent study, the CDC reported that an estimated 1 out of every 10 Americans reported depression. This statistic is shocking and percentages vary drastically according to many factors. Those who have the highest levels of depression include women, people 45-64, unemployed people, previously married people, and people with less than a high school education. Many people from all backgrounds, geographical locations, life situations, and ages can suffer from depression.

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  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent feelings of guilt
  • Overeating or loss of appetite
  • Persistent headaches
  • Continual sad/anxious feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Irritability

This is not a complete list, and if you are experiencing these symptoms it is not guaranteed you are depressed.

Other symptoms include feeling down-and-out, the inability to figure out why you are disinterested in your surroundings, being unable to feel enthusiastic about anything and having trouble recalling the last time you had a good laugh. The days seem to drag on endlessly and the nights are punctuated by hours of lying awake with the frustration of not being able to fall asleep despite feeling exhausted. Your levels of anxiety and helplessness are high because you have no idea why you feel this way or what you need to do to improve this state of mind.

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There are many reasons individuals feel this way, but taking a pharmaceutical with its attendant side effects may not be the right solution for you. In many cases there is an underlying correctable reason that is causing this. The doctor starts his management by taking a detailed history and obtaining the appropriate blood results. From there, he can establish what managements are required to eliminate your depression. Among the many causes the specialist will consider are underlying infections such as chronic candidiasis, hormonal imbalance, mercury toxicity, chronic fatigue syndrome, low levels of melatonin, and early onset of dementia, or Alzheimer's Disease.

The importance of our approach is that by eliminating manageable causes, we not only eliminate the depression but circumvent the need for long-term psychotropic drugs with their attendant side effects. We can aid the patient's recovery with natural supplements that help elevate mood and are nerve tonics. Simply replacing deficient minerals and vitamins and adding a general amino acid supplement will speed up the resolution of the problem when substances such as magnesium, 5-hydroxy-tryptophan, gotu kola, vitamin B12 and GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid) are lacking. Fighting depression naturally is not only possible, but it may be a great alternative!

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