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Depression Is a Real Disorder

Depression and Stress

I have discussed these two items together for convenience and relevance in conservative non-prescription pharmacologic treatments and not because they are considered the same thing. On the contrary, they are very different. Depression and Stress may be categorized into three types or origins but that is where the similarities begin to differ. The three areas for each are physical chemical and emotional. This categorization is not intended to diminish the seriousness of the disorders but make it a bit easier to understand the holistic approach to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of each component.

Depression is a serious biologic disease that affects millions of people each year. The encouraging news is that it may be successfully treated. Learn how you can manage your depression by reaching out to others such as a health care professional or family and friends.

Causes of Depression

Although no single cause of depression has been identified, it appears that interaction among genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychosocial factors may play a role. The fact is, depression is not a personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away, but it can be successfully treated.

Epidemiology

An estimated 33 to 35 million U.S. adults are likely to experience depression at some point during their lifetime. The disease affects men and women of all ages, races, and economic levels. However, women are at a significantly greater risk than men to develop major depression. Studies show that episodes of depression occur twice as frequently in women as in men.

Although anyone can develop depression, some types of depression, including major depression, seem to run in families. Whether or not depression is genetic, the disorder is believed to be associated with changes to levels of chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and norepinephrine.

Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is commonly known as depression. MDD can be diagnosed when a patient demonstrates at least 2 weeks of depressed mood or loss of interest accompanied by at least four additional symptoms of depression.

Symptoms of Depression

Although there is no blood test to diagnose depression, there are well-developed guidelines to diagnose major depressive disorder. One of these guidelines is called the DSM-IV ®.

According to the DSM-IV, major depressive disorder (or "depression") is diagnosed when five or more of the following symptoms of depression are present for most of the day, nearly every day for at least 2 weeks. At least one of the symptoms must be either persistent sad or "empty" feelings or loss of interest in activities.

  • Constant sadness
  • Irritability
  • Hopelessness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Feeling worthless or guilty for no reason
  • Significant weight change
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities

Be sure to report if you're experiencing any of these symptoms as described by the DSM-IV. Also report if your symptoms are affecting your ability to function at home, at work, or with family, friends, or colleagues.

Call a health care professional right away if you or your family member has any of the following symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

  • Thoughts about suicide or dying
  • Attempts to commit suicide
  • New or worse depression
  • New or worse anxiety
  • Feeling very agitated or restless
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • New or worse irritability
  • Acting aggressive, being angry or violent
  • Acting on dangerous impulses
  • An extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
  • Other unusual changes in behavior or mood

TREATMENT and MANAGEMENT

Mechanical Treatment

Subluxations of the spine in areas relative to contributing organ systems must be corrected and maintained in order for continued improvement to be realized. Generally – 4 days in a row, then 4 weeks of 3 per week. Then weekly graduated down to monthly per patient need.

Supplements

Adrenal graduated to 2 morning and 2 noon

Daily Mutliple Plus 1 oz per day, before 2 pm

Chewable Trace Minerals

43+ (B complex with trace minerals) 6 per day for the first month and then 3 per day

Lactobacillus Acidophilus – 2 per day

Lecithin

Combination Oils

Vitamin A and E

Co Q10

Vit C

These are listed in order of criticality. In the event a patient desires to use natural products as alternative, considerable discussion and understanding is required.

Others may be helpful in some individuals but these are ciritical.

Teas brewed from the herbs burdock root, dandelion, echinacea, goldenseal, and paud'arco will promote healing. Combine or alternate the teas, and drink 4-6 cups daily.

Water

Reformated water, reverse osmosis or distilled water are the only water sources that can be free from the virus. Without replacing the water source, the virus will be continually reintroduced into the body and immunity to it will be extremely difficult to achieve. If you are sharing bodily fluids in any fashion, it is critical for your partner to undergo the same water precautions so that you are not repeatedly re-infecting yourself. Daily consumption should be around 64 oz for the average to small female and increased accordingly to body size.

Stress Reduction

This is the product of several things including manipulation of the spine and surrounding soft tissues, breathing and other exercises, meditation, and daily activity routinization. A regular time for each of these must be followed six days each week with no exceptions. Time to listen to comforting music (classical or other soft styles) is critical every day.

Life Style Changes

Every member of the family and support group must be trained and educated to help the resolution of the problem. Sometimes complete recovery can take up to 18 months of 100% compliant behavior depending on the age of the condition and the scale of other health indicators of the patient. Everyone in the household must become acclimated to the same diet and same or similar routines. Confrontation and stressful emotional situations must be eliminated. Set up a routine for calming down to begin before 10 PM. Get rid of all distractions and sit in a recliner or comfortable chair for 30 minutes and wind down. Teach your mind to focus on pleasant things and not the problems of the day. Take slow deep breaths raising your shoulders and then lowering them as you exhale. When you become sleepy, go to bed. Make certain that nothing else happens in your bedroom from now until morning. If you are restless, try to just lie there and rest even if you don’t fall asleep. Convince yourself that your body will rest even if you don’t sleep and you will be all right.

Sleep and Rest

These are not the same. Sleep should be routinized and retiring should be before 10:30 PM each night and 8- 9 hour of sleep time should be planned. Do not read or watch TV when falling asleep. Try to remain still in a quiet place of comfort. Sleep should not be shared with anyone including a spouse. Make certain that regardless of when you fall asleep, you arise at the same time each day. Even if you do not sleep soundly, remain still and quiet so that your body can rest. Napping should be done 30 to 60 minutes following the noon meal. This may be preferred in the sitting or slightly recumbent position. Be certain that it is not more than 60-90 minutes.

Exercise

This is perhaps, the most difficult item for most patients as they are so tired they do not feel like doing any exertion. Regardless of how you feel, you must stimulate the T cells (a major component of your immune system) in order to overcome this condition. It is strongly recommended that all exercise be done early in the day so as not to reverse or affect your intended biologic clock. Begin with walking (and you may need to start with only 2 minutes) and add 1 minute each day to your routine. A host of weight lifting and aerobic routines are available on our web site www.holladayphysicalmedicine.com when you feel up to adding other exercise activities. Sweating is the goal; the sooner you can do that, the sooner you will begin to get well.

Diet  

The best diet regimen to follow has proven, in most cases, to be the diet used to control low blood sugar.

Hypoglycemia Diet

The main stay of this diet is protein; meat, fish, eggs, and cheese. Proteins help in two ways, they don’t trigger the pendulum reaction of raising the blood sugar right away that causes a release of insulin that soon lowers the blood sugar level; and proteins are absorbed slowly and converted slowly into usable sugar.

Eat six smaller meals each day spread out equally. These should be predominantly protein (50%) fat (20%) and carbohydrates (30%) and include only complex carbohydrates and specific fats such as avocado, olives and olive oil and other vegetable sources. Animal fat should be avoided if possible.

AVOID

Refined carbohydrates: cake, cookies, candy, pie, ice cream, baked items, etc.

Partially hydrogenated fat

Processed meats, hot dogs, MSG!

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These are becoming more frequent now and you need to know what to do if you are hit from behind or slip into someonw else. Follow these simple rules if you are involved in a car accident and are not hospitalized:

  • Stay calm and reduce movements of the spine
  • Ice packs on the spine and neck for 5 minutes per hour will help for the first few days
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