Depression is considered the leading cause of disability in the United States. It can interfere with a person’s daily life, work and relationships.
People with depression often describe feeling sad, hopeless, or feel less interest in activities they used to enjoy. When these feelings continue for two or more weeks, a doctor may diagnose clinical depression. In addition to mood changes, symptoms may include:
- Increased desire for sleep, or difficulty sleeping
- Decreased desire for food and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
- Aches and pains, including headaches
- Feelings of guilt
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thoughts of suicide
What Causes Depression?
A number of factors can trigger symptoms. Coping with loss or dealing with daily stress can bring on feelings of sadness and hopelessness that don’t go away on their own. Additionally, hormonal imbalances, vitamin deficiencies, environmental toxins and even food allergies can play a role. Depression often runs in families, so if one or more family members has a history of depression, a person’s chances of becoming depressed increase.
Conventional treatment options typically include antidepressants, which increase serotonin levels in the brain and make people feel more happy and relaxed. Unfortunately, antidepressants also cause many potential unwanted side effects, like dizziness, sleeplessness, and low sex drive. In teenagers, these medications have been linked to an increase in suicidal thoughts.
Fortunately, there are safe and effective natural treatment options. The Naturopathic physicians at Desert Wellness Center will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that might include:
- Nutritional Counseling and Testing
- Nutritional Supplementation
- Botanical Medicines
- Hormone Rebalancing
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): an incredibly effective way to reduce symptoms of depression in just minutes. Watch Dr. Ezrre describe the technique:
Contact our office for information on upcoming EFT workshops with Dr. Ezrre.