The focus of today's presentation is on … 4 Medical causes for depression.
Before a diagnosis of depression is made, it is always important for the doctor to eliminate any other possible physical cause of the symptoms of depression. In what follows, you will learn about four types of physical conditions that can cause depressive symptoms, but when these conditions are treated, it can lead to significant improvements in the symptoms of depression.
The first possible medical cause for depression is …
1. Hypothyroidism: if your thyroid gland (located in the neck region) does not work properly or if your hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in your brain are involved, it can cause you not to secrete enough thyroid hormone.
When hypothyroidism is diagnosed by blood tests and then treated with natural or synthetic thyroid hormones, the symptoms of depression may disappear.
The second possible medical cause for depression is …
2. Sleep apnea: this is a sleep disorder in which an individual stops breathing for at least ten seconds and occurs at least thirty times while sleeping at night.
Once your doctor makes the diagnosis, the usual treatment is the use of a CPAP machine (continuous positive pressure in the airways).
Now, the third possible cause of depression can be …
3. Vitamin deficiencies: blood tests can confirm vitamin D levels. You should also try vitamins B12 and folic acid (vitamin B9), since some studies also point to the link between deficiencies in these vitamins and depression .
The last and possible cause of depression is …
4. Celiac disease: sensitivity to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley products), which results in intestinal absorption problems, is known as celiac disease.
Once celiac disease is confirmed by blood tests for antibodies against gluten and a test of the intestinal lining, a gluten-free diet should be initiated.
Above, four possible physical reasons for depression have been reviewed. Significant improvements in symptoms can be seen when treatments are directed to physical causes.
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