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The Role of Inflammation in Depression

Friday, September 2nd 2022 10:00am 6 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.

The accepted wisdom that depression is a result of a chemical imbalance in your head has been resoundingly debunked.

So, if you suffer from depression, what do you do now? First, don’t simply stop taking your SSRIs, if that is your prescription. Talk to your doctor.

You can also take a look at depression by analyzing the symptoms, which are real. Many symptoms overlap with other illnesses. You can be proactive and make better choices in diet and lifestyle that may help.

The truth is that scientists know very little about the physiological factors and processes that contribute to depression. But some research suggests that inflammation may be a driving factor in depression. And, you can address inflammation. Scientific evidence shows clearly that inflammation plays a significant role in depression.

Understanding the mind-body connection

Conventional western medicine considers the mind and body to be two separate entities with no specific point of connection between them. Doctors tend to think of them as separate systems in the person.

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