Depression Symptoms and Causes

Depression Symptoms:

A depressed person will usually have several of the following depression symptoms:

• Inability to enjoy things
• Fatigue
• Mood swings, at times characterized by unexplained weeping
• Feelings of apathy, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, irritability, or guilt
• Sleep problems (either insomnia or sleeping too much)
• Appetite disturbances (eating too little or too much)
• Headaches, backaches, and digestive problems
• Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
• Increased anxiety
• Decreased sex drive
• Avoiding social situations
• Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Depression Causes:

Any of the following can cause depression by itself, but most depressed people are affected by more than one factor:

• Tension and stress
• Unresolved emotional issues
• Chronic illness or pain
• Neurotransmitter imbalance
• Hormonal imbalance, especially after childbirth or as a result of oral contraceptives or other synthetic hormone medications; commonly occurs with PMS and menopause
• Preexisting conditions—most commonly, hypoglycemia, anemia, sleep apnea, low adrenal function, and thyroid gland malfunction
• Alcohol and recreational drug use
• Poor diet
• Food allergies
• Nutritional deficiencies (particularly of B12, folic acid, B6, B1, tyrosine, tryptophan, and omega-3 fatty acids)
• Lack of sunlight
• Medications, including corticosteroids, antihistamines, blood pressure medications, antiinflammatory drugs, narcotics, and some pharmaceutical antidepressants
• Heavy-metal toxicity
• Fungal overgrowth
• Sleep disturbances


See also: “Depression Treatment


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Testing Techniques

The following tests help assess possible reasons for depression:
Fungal overgrowth—stool analysis, blood, or urine
Food allergy test—blood or electrodermal
Hormone testing (thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, testosterone, IGF-1, estrogen, progesterone)—saliva, blood, or urine
Detoxification profile—urine
Vitamin and mineral analysis (especially magnesium, B12, folic acid B6, B1)—blood (Also read this: Vitamins)
Anemia—blood test (CBC, iron, ferritin, % saturation)
Food and environmental allergies/sensitivities—blood, electrodermal
Blood-sugar balance—blood
Toxic metals—urine or hair analysis
Amino acid analysis—blood or urine
Neurotransmitter levels—blood or urine