Anxiety and burnout.
Depression (from the Latin depression, meaning "sinking"), also known as unipolar depression, a major depressive episode, or recurrent depression in the case of repeated episodes, is a mental disorder. In psychiatry, it is characterized by low mood, accompanied by low self-esteem and a loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. Other symptoms include negative thoughts, suicidal tendencies, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite, anxiety or worry and, in rare but extreme cases, hallucinations.
Serious studies have shown a link between magnesium and vitamin B3 deficiencies and depression, as well as food intolerances and heavy metal poisoning. Hypoglycemia also plays a key role. Lower serotonin levels due to ongoing stress is also often a key factor.
A naturopathic approach aims to balance blood sugar levels, help reduce the effects of stress on the body, and uncover and eliminate food intolerances.
Eliminate simple sugars and processed foods. Avoid stimulants, such as caffeine and alcohol. Be sure to eat enough protein at every meal.
- DC 52
- DC 22 or DC 37
- DC 49
- DC 45
A natural approach should not eliminate the use of antidepressants, particularly in patients who are depressed to the point of harming themselves or others. The problem is that once a patient is stabilized, he or she often continues to take antidepressants without resolving the cause of the problem.
Depression, like anxiety, is never 100% physical or 100% psychological. A naturopathic approach does not eliminate the need to see a psychologist or a psychotherapist, if necessary.
Check for heavy metal poisoning, food allergies or sensitivities (see our article on Food Allergies), as well as the presence of amalgams (e.g. fillings).