What is Depression?
Depression is classified by a combination of signs and symptoms that have been present for 2 weeks or more, and represent a change in previous behaviour and functioning. It is an affective disorder that affects approx 6.2% of the Australian population.
There are different classifications of depression - Mild, Moderate, Severe and Major, as well as Adjustment Disorder.
An Adjustment Disorder with depressed and/or anxious mood, occurs after a significantly stressful event in someones life. However, the symptoms and criteria are not met for a diagnosis of depression or anxiety. It is related to their current life situation.
Criteria for Depression
For someone to be diagnosed as depressed, they need to present with 5 of the following sings/symptoms, with at least one of the top 2.
- depressed mood
- loss of interest or pleasure
- significant appetite or weight loss or gain
- insomnia or hypersomnia, most days
- psycho-motor agitation or retardation
- fatigue or loss of energy, most of the day
- feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, most days
- impaired thinking or concentration, indeciciveness
- suicidal thoughts/thoughts of death
Possible Causes of Depression
Stress Response System Imbalance
Heavy metal toxicity
Blood sugar control
Pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, influenza, renal disease, rheumatoid arthritis)
Other Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Feelings of emptiness
Lack of motivation
Low self-esteem, self-worth
Not wanting to go out
Increase in alcohol or recreational drug use
Withdrawal from family or friends
Constantly getting sick
A Naturopathic Perspective
We look at balancing and repairing and imbalances.
Our first priority is to balance the Neurotransmitters
Secondly we look at Mitochondrial dysfunction
After this we look at things such as restoring vitamin and mineral deficiencies, repair any gut damage, balance hormones, detoxification and reducing inflammation.
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Please note that Health Fund rebates are available for in clinic Naturopath appointments only. We are unable to give Health Fund receipts for Skype consultations, due to health fund regulations.