Depression is a war
A battle against yourself
Every thought is a bullet
Every movement is a punch
Every word is a stab in the heart
Depression is a thief
It steals everything you once had
Everything left behind are the things that keep you trapped
Depression is a murder
It killed the girl I used to be
I look in the mirror
And I see this thing
Depression is a zombie
You are alive but dead
You are unaware of what is happening
You are the walking dead
Depression is a nightmare
You wake up into a Hell
You are afraid of living
Everything seems impossible to hear
Depression is an ocean
A sea of emotions
You are drowning everyday
However you are never saved
Depression is a bottomless pit
Never ending pain
Never ending struggles
There is no light
There is no escape
Depression is a war
You either win
Or you die trying
And I am afraid to say that I am losing
Do you know someone who is dealing with depression? Maybe yourself? We’ve lost two great musicians, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, in the last few months because they lost their battle with depression to suicide. Through a lifetime, most individuals, have dealt with some form of depression. We are a culture that runs 100mph and we don’t take enough time to focus on ourselves. We carry large burdens and are emotionally tolled to the point we ask ourselves, “What’s the point of my life?” I’ve decided to blog about this topic not only because of the most recent musician we lost, but due to the number of patients I see on a weekly basis who deal with depression. Most Western doctors are trained to tell patients that they must be depressed or it is all in their head when they come up short trying to find answers and the patient’s lab work shows everything is normal. Is depression and antidepressants over prescribed? Yes! What if you really are dealing with true clinical depression? How can a functional medicine doctor help? These are my top 10 things that must be further investigated when working with patients.
1.) Blood sugar must be addressed. Balance the blood sugar and you’ll balance your moods. Hypoglycemia is highly missed.
2.) Essential fatty acids feed your brain. 60% of your brain is fat. Not enough people are getting the proper omega 3’s with the higher DHA component in it.
3.) B vitamin status. Everyone’s biggest vitamin deficiency that will cause depression. B’s are lost mainly with our high sugar/carbohydrate diets.
4.) Thyroid levels. Hypothyroid symptoms may exhibit as depression in some.
5.) Adrenal cortisol levels. Hypo adrenal problems will exhibit depression as well.
6.) Check Neurotransmitters (GABA, Serotonin, Dopamine, Endorphins)
7.) Hormones (Testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, etc.)
8.) Lack of exercise or sunshine
9.) Gut problems need to be evaluated considering that you produce more serotonin in your gut than in your brain.
10.) Gallbladder dysfunction or malabsorption of fats
Points 1 to 3 will take care of 80% of most depression I see. This is not a chemical deficiency like Zoloft, Prozac, Wellbutrin, etc. A matter of fact, some of these medications will make certain individuals more depressed or have increased suicidal thoughts. Also, you don’t put a depressed person on a depressant medication like Xanax, Ativan, or Valium. These medications can increase their depression. That’s what I suspect happened with Chris Cornell. I hope this blog helps some think differently on how they view depression and that this is passed along to help someone in need.
1 Corinthians 10:13