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Natural Support Strategies for Depression

Saturday, February 5th 2022 10:00am 19 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Depression is becoming more prevalent in America despite our relative wealth and privilege when compared to many other areas of the world. Around 26% of our population suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder. Over 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety, and close to 10% of the U.S. adult population takes powerful prescription drugs that treat mood disorders.

Depression affects 10% of us including 25% of women in their 40s and 50s. It is now the leading cause of disability worldwide. People with chronic depression frequently have serious biochemical imbalances in their neurological tissue.

Let’s take a deeper look at the root causes involved in depression and some effective natural support methods to address overall well-being and depression.

Mood disorders

Mood disorders occur across a spectrum including:

  • Mania with psychosis
  • Mania
  • Hypomania
  • Elation
  • Dysthymia
  • Mild depression
  • Moderate depression
  • Severe depression
  • Severe depression with psychosis

Brain inflammation and depression

New research suggests that this imbalance is not due to genetic factors. Rather, the studies indicate that depression may be a result of excessive exposure to environmental toxins or severe nutritional deficiencies due to lifestyle that result in massive brain inflammation. This inflammation disrupts normal neurological processing.

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