35. Body – Physical Causes of Depression

 When a person remains in a depressed condition, even after normal efforts to remedy the condition, a physical source of depression should be considered, especially in the case of debilitating or suicidal depression.

 Physiological causes of depression are relatively common. For example, any person with ongoing depression should be checked for hypothyroidism. Other physical sources of depression include:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Food allergies
  • Heavy metals (mercury, lead, aluminum, etc.)
  • Selenium toxicity
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dental problems
  • Infections  of various types
  • Medical conditions, including heart and lung problems, diabetes, chronic pain, chronic inflammation, and many others.
  • Drugs such as high blood pressure medications, anti-inflammatory agents, corticosteroids, cycloserine (an antibiotic), and many others.
  • Low testosterone in men; premenstrual syndrome in women

 This information came from http://alternativementalhealth.com/articles/depression.htm, and you can receive much more information by going to that site. Some of these I knew of; others were new to me. As with any information on-line, do additional research to determine if the information you are reading is valid. You could also talk to a doctor who understands depression and the physical causes of it. That may not be your family doctor.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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