What is Depression?
More than “being sad”, depression is a serious condition characterized by persistent feelings of despair and often loss of interest in normal life activities. Depression can also cause physiological changes resulting in body aches and lack of energy. Left untreated, severe forms of depression can be disabling or lead to actions of self-harm.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, as can the severity of the symptoms experienced. Depression can have a long list of symptoms, however, several of the following are common:
- Apathy (loss of interest in people or activities)
- Mood swings and irritability
- Low energy
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Thoughts or actions of self-harm
- Loss of motivation
What causes depression?
Depression can have a number of potential causes, including genetic influences, nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities (such as gluten), hormonal imbalance, neurotoxins (from Lyme or mold).
How is depression treated?
At en Health Matters, Dr. Thomas approaches every condition a patient experiences by uncovering and treating the root cause(s) behind that condition, as for many patients, addressing the contributing factors of the condition can restore proper function in the body and brain, relieving many symptoms. Dr. Thomas bases her treatment recommendations on the evidence provided by testing, patient history, and clinical observations. Dr. Thomas may recommend including other highly-qualified providers, such as counselors and therapists, in the treatment plan for patients experiencing depression. The goal is first and foremost to address the needs of the individual patient to ensure the best level of care.