Depression can be something that is overlooked in our society. In the month of October, depression is nationally acknowledged to bring awareness and recognition to this condition. If you are feeling down or having any combination of the symptoms listed below, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider and be screened for depression. As we talk about what you are going through, we can discuss the best treatment options for you.
Symptoms of Depression
- Loss of interest or pleasure in doing things
- Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
- Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping
- Appetite change- either decreased appetite or overeating
- Feeling like you have let your family down
- Trouble concentrating
- Moving or speaking slowly, or being restless
- Thoughts that you would be better dead or thoughts of hurting yourself
There are multiple ways to treat depression, including medication and non-medication therapies. Medication and supplements are both very effective to help treat depression. A provider can help you find the most effective and safest therapy for you. Other avenues that can help support your brain chemistry include:
- Counseling, therapy, or opening up to someone
- Adequate and quality sleep
- Eating a healthy and balanced diet
Supplements for Support
5-HTP: A precursor to serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter associated with the feeling of well-being. It has been shown to support patients with mood changes, restless sleep, and anxiety.
Butyrate: Short chain fatty acid that decreases inflammation in the brain.
DHEA: Supports communication between the brain and the adrenal glands; promotes healthy hormonal balance and mood regulation.
Fish Oil: Decreases inflammation of neurotransmitters.
GABA: Allows for relaxation when anxious.
L-tyrosine: Increases production of dopamine and enhances response to stress.
Pregnenolone: Essential for mood regulation, is depleted through stress.
Traumeric: Decreases inflammation of neurotransmitters.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please reach out for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 1-800-273-8255.
If you are struggling with any of these symptoms, please contact us and make an appointment to discuss this further. We are here to help you!
~Kyla Sheldon, PA-C