Inspiring The Healthiest You Possible

Depression is a common disorder that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. It causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. Studies show that several genes play modest roles with a variety of environmental factors to increase susceptibility depression. The basis of is a depletion of any or all of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine or dopamine in the central nervous system. A biochemical imbalance. is characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety can become overwhelmed by a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. They may avoid certain situations and show physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat. Sometimes there is no outwardly visible symptoms but the worry is still there. While some of the physiological basis of anxiety can be the same as depression it is much more complex encompassing aspects of the adrenal glands and corticosteroid steroid hormones like cortisol and epinephrine (adrenalin) as well as both the autonomic and sympathetic nervous system.

Together, these conditions affect millions of Americans and are truthfully more related than most people believe. Because they have similar physiologic elements it is not uncommon for someone with to also suffer from depression or vice versa. In fact, nearly one-half of those diagnosed with are also diagnosed with anxiety. Anxiety and depression are considered the fraternal twins of mood disorders.

Much of the standard medical treatments for depression and anxiety use the same drugs. However, they can be highly addictive. They are listed as “Schedule IV” by the FDA which means that they have definite abuse potential and must be carefully prescribed because they can lead to addiction and dependence. Some studies suggest that over time they can actually decrease your body’s ability to produce the same neurotransmitters it needs to control these conditions. This is called addiction/drug dependence and can be extremely difficult to manage. The mediations do not “fix’ the problem, but rather band aid it. This is way so may individuals have to constantly increase doses and switch back and forth from one medication to another. Often a more effective way to manage these conditions is to encourage the body to regulate its own production of these neurotransmitter. There are no drugs that can do this. Nutritional interventions are safe and can be an effect means, either with or without the use of prescription medications.

Other factors that can exacerbate Anxiety and depression can include:

  • Your diet –
  • Nutrient Deficiencies –
  • Toxic Burdens
  • Poor Sleep –
  • Neurological Disorders or Imbalances –
  • Chronic Stress –
  • Prescriptions and Over the Counter Medications
  • Dysbiosis –
  • Lack of Physical Activity or Exercise