A mental state characterized by low mood, loss of interest and enjoyment in everyday activities, causing varying levels of social and occupational dysfunction. It can be classified into minor depression and major depressive disorder.
- Depressed mood, hopelessness, feeling of worthlessness, diminished interest or pleasure, suicidal thoughts
- Insomnia or excessive sleep
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Diminished ability to think or concentrate
- Significant weight loss or weight gain without a physical cause
- Psychological factors like stress, interpersonal losses, and significant losses in childhood may predispose a person to depression.
- Physical/environmental factors can in some cases cause depression and in other cases can increase the severity of depression that stems from psychological factors
- Environmental factors may include yeast overgrowth, hypothyroidism, food and mold allergies, chemical sensitivities and vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid deficiency
- Psychotherapy (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy). Antidepressants may be combined for better and faster response
- SSRI antidepressants like Fluoxetine (Prozac), Paroxetine (Paxil), Sertaline (Zoloft), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Citalopram (Celexa), and Escitalopram (Lexapro),
- Selective serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) like Venlafaxine (Effexor) and duloxetine (Cymbalta),
- St. John’s wort
- Atypical antidepressants like Bupropion (Wellbutrin), Nefazodone (Serzone), Mirtazapine (Remeron), and Trazadone (Desyrel)
- Test for and treat yeast overgrowth, hypothyroidism, food and mold allergies, chemical sensitivity, and nutritional deficiencies
- Serious cases should be supplemented with Traditional Approach:es (counseling and/or medication) until environmental factors can be addressed