What Causes Depression?
Most of us have or will suffer depression at some time in our life. I have suffered a couple of times, and it’s certainly no joke to try to cope with – as well as a new baby, toddlers underfoot, and a husband who works away from home.
There are many reasons for depression. The below image from VeryWellMind helps us to understand some of them.
All the above can cause depression and is well worth investigating. Research has shown that most depression is linked to hormonal or chemical imbalances in the body and could be an early warning sign of other problems going on inside the body.
Testing by your local health care provider will determine the cause of your depression.
If your depression is linked to hormonal or chemical imbalances, you may have a low-functioning thyroid gland. Correcting the thyroid function not only heals the depression but also improves your metabolism, energy, weight loss efforts, and more.
That’s why it is so important to get at the root cause of your depression so you can heal the real problem, once and for all.
You’ve probably heard of serotonin and dopamine. I know it’s hard to figure out how these things work, but it’s helpful if you have some idea how the chemical in your brain works and affect you.
SEROTONIN AND DOPAMINE
Your body may not be producing enough of these brain chemicals, which are often caused by nutrient deficiencies. Serotonin and dopamine are two neurotransmitters, or brain chemicals, that relay messages between nerve cells throughout your body. Serotonin works to keep your mood happy while dopamine helps you focus.
Mood-regulating neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine can become depleted due to improper functioning of certain systems within your body, and there are many causes for this as the image above points out.
When there is a deficiency in these neurotransmitters your mood, memory and other brain functions go haywire. Depression is one of the results of a neurotransmitter imbalance.
YOU CAN TAKE ACTION
What this means is that when you feed your body the proper nutrients and/or correct any hormonal problems through prescription drugs, you can restore your brain chemicals to the right levels and break free from depression.
Seek advice, seek help and treatment, because Your Wellness Matters!
Paula Rose Parish M.A.