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

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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