My mood has improved tremendously. I feel really good about myself." - Taryn, a 33 year old with anxiety, depression, and insomnia treated with homeopathic medicine and acupuncture."
Natural Approach for Treating Depression
Depression is a leading cause of disability in the United States among adolescents and adults ages 15-44. If you or someone you know is affected by depression, you know how much stress it can cause. These mood disorders can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities, work, and relationships.
A variety of problems can cause symptoms of depression, including thyroid imbalances, vitamin deficiencies, and many other causes. As naturopathic doctors, we are committed to uncovering the cause of your symptoms. For most people who suffer with depression, there is no significant physical imbalance causing their symptoms. Depression can occur as a result of genetic susceptibility and stress.
Naturopathic treatment can restore better mood stability by not only providing symptomatic relief, but by actually improving stress tolerance and reducing susceptibility to disease in general. Over time, you may find that old triggers no longer cause problems for you. Homeopathic medicine can replace the need for conventional medications in most cases, by improving natural, healthy brain chemistry. These treatments can help you reach a place of remission, and improve your chances of staying in remission from depression.
There are many options for treating depression. It is essential to understand all of your options, and choose the best treatment for you.
What is Depression?
Depression and anxiety are diagnosed by a licensed and trained physician based on your specific symptom history. Testing of certain hormones and basic blood tests can be helpful to rule out underlying physical causes of changes in mood or energy. Your doctor will ask specific questions to determine the severity of your mood disorder, and also to understand associated symptoms and possible causes.
Depression is defined as feelings of sadness, low mood, or loss of interest in activities that would normally be enjoyable. If these symptoms interfere with your daily life, and occur at least 4 days per week for 2 weeks or more, you may have depression. Along with the mood changes, people with depression often experience the following symptoms:
Poor appetite with weight loss, or increased appetite with weight gain
Physical sluggishness or restlessness
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Increased desire for sleep, or difficulty sleeping
Recurrent thoughts of suicide
If you're feeling suicidal, please call the National Hotline for Suicide Prevention at 1-800-273-8255. This lifeline provides 24/7 support for those in distress, crisis resources, and prevention help.