What is depression?
Depression, also called major depression, major depressive disorder and clinical depression, is a condition that affects how a person feels, thinks and behaves. Depression may be described as feeling sad or emotionally numb, and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods, but depression is a chronic illness characterized by long periods of sadness, loss, anger or frustration that interfere with everyday life.
- Depressed mood most of the day; feeling sad, empty or emotionally numb
- Significant loss of interest or pleasure in activities that used to be enjoyable
- Significant weight loss (when not dieting) or weight gain; decrease or increase in appetite
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Slowing down of thoughts and reduction of physical movements
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
- Poor concentration or having difficulty making decisions
- Morbid or suicidal thoughts
Traditionally, depression will be treated with prescription antidepressants and possibly therapy. Side effects of antidepressants may include weight gain, nausea, loss of sexual desire/sexual dysfunction, insomnia, blurred vision, constipation, fatigue, dry mouth and more.
At the Magaziner Center, we treat depression by treating the source of the imbalance. We thoroughly assess each patient’s physical state and look for all possible triggers of depression. Because depression has been linked to imbalances in the brain with regard to specific neurotransmitters, we use an extremely thorough series of tests to determine the levels of these neurotransmitters as well as key amino acids and nutritional deficiencies, chemical toxicities, impaired detoxification and adrenal and hormonal function. We also look for any allergies or food intolerance and a heavy metal excess– all of which can have an effect on brain function.
By determining exactly what is causing the depression, we are then able to treat each trigger appropriately, using natural methods, such as sublingual desensitization, nutritional therapies, chelation therapy, mind-body healing, neurotransmitter therapy and hormone balancing.
Each of these therapies aim to correct the imbalance or problem, rather than simply suppress it. Our goal is to return our patients optimal health, bring an end to symptoms and improve the overall health and wellbeing of our patients.