More Doctors and Scientists Now Agree: Depression is a Physical Illness

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For those looking for a way out of depression, recent research offers an entirely different approach than the one being provided by most doctors and psychiatrists. It centers on the findings in a host of a new study which suggests that many cases of depression may be physical, rather than rooted in a chemical imbalance or psychological disturbance.

Some 13 million Americans suffer from some form of depression, and some 350 million people worldwide are thought to have it. Typically, medical treatment centers on the restoration of certain chemicals in the brain. Allegedly, our body needs those substances for happiness. However,  nobody acknowledged nor identified this link.

To understand what imbalance is, we must know what balance looks like, and neuroscience, to date, has not characterized the optimal brain state, nor how to even assess for it.

 

A New England Journal of Medicine review on Major Depression stated:

 ” … numerous studies of norepinephrine and serotonin metabolites in plasma, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid as well as postmortem studies of the brains of patients with depression, have yet to identify the purported deficiency reliably.” [Source]

Dr. Kelly Brogan offers this three-fold advice on recovering from depression:

  • Exercise — Depression can result from chronic ongoing stress and exercise acts as a biological insurance plan against the physical effects of stress. 20 minutes, three times a week or more of anything that gets you sweaty is all that’s needed.
  • Diet — Eliminate processed foods, especially sugar and refined carbohydrates which may increase inflammation in the body. Eat plenty of natural foods including fruits and vegetables, pastured animal products and eggs and wild fish.
  • Meditate — Meditation stimulates the expression of genes that are powerfully anti-inflammatory. Just ten minutes a day of mindfulness, deep breathing or gratitude journaling can help the mood.

Final Thoughts

Prescriptions for antidepressants continue to rise sharply, especially among women and children, however many of these may be completely unnecessary, while also actually failing to address the real causes of depression. Add to this the side-effects and potential for long-term addiction to antidepressants, and we have a genuine travesty.

If you look at the body, mind, and spirit holistically, it’s easy to see that dis-ease in one area negatively affects the other two. We simply cannot have a healthy mind if our body is not functioning properly. With this new look at depression, we may be closer to understanding the link between mind and body.

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Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

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