Depression is considered one of the most dreaded condition of mankind. This condition devoid of hope in the minds of many who suffer in this global epidemic.
Unlike debilitating diseases like arthritis, which shows it’s ugly face by causing pain, depression is a silent enemy afflicting millions every year.
The pharmaceutical industry offers “patch up” treatment at best via anti-depressants. There is no television drug commercial selling Zoloft or any of the other anti-depressants offering the public the “real” causes behind this mind altering disease. Matter of fact, the causes of depression are so well documented that I have a hard time believing why people are being left in the dark.
My goal in this report and the reports to follow, is to prepare and educate you on all your options. Mind you, these are not original thoughts on the subject of depression or the many disease articles to follow, but are in fact documented peer-reviewed research proving the existence of a world of information kept under “lock and key” contributing to a sea of suffering and mental anguish.
You will discover information that will change your life and the life of your family and friends. You will be delighted to know that there is hope and your hope will be found by your pursuit for the truth. No stone has been left un-turned.
You need to be an informed consumer and most importantly you need a physician who will work with you to systematically uncover the causes of your health challenges. Simply masking your sickness with medication is not the solution. Don’t ever let anyone intimidate you to stop looking for the causes of your illness. Life is much too short and it is time to take the reins by the hand and get cracking.
The following is one of a few common causes of depression. If you want to get better and bring happiness and joy back into your life, then you owe it to yourself to be absolutely certain that you have each of the following causes thoroughly checked.
The bottom line is… unless your physician has ruled out all the potential causes which I will soon present, then you have not been thoroughly evaluated.
Here is the first area you need to have checked:
Approximately 10%-15% of patients with depression have a thyroid hormone deficiency. Now I must emphasize to you that the testing of your thyroid MUST include the following:
•Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
•Free serum thyroxine (fT4)
•Free triiodothyroine (fT3)
•Reverse T3 (rT3)
•Anti-thyroglobulin antibodies (anti-TG)
•Anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies (anti-TPO)
It is well documented that the evaluation of only TSH is inadequate as a means of testing your thyroid. If you have been told by your physician that your thyroid is fine and have not had the above tests ordered, then think again.. your physician DOES NOT have all the facts. Unless your physician is attempting to diagnosis you with a crystal ball, then demand that she order the most comprehensive thyroid panel.
Obtaining a comprehensive thyroid panel is essential to rule thyroid as a possible cause of depression.
The medical literature has discovered a link between low T3 and long-standing depression. In fact the common treatment of hypothyroidism with Synthroid (a T4-only thyroid medication) may be contributing to an increase in depressive symptoms due to it’s inability to address a deficient T3.
A comprehensive thyroid panel will also test the possibility of you suffering from a thyroid auto-immune/depression syndrome. The medical literature has found women with high levels of anti-thyroid peroxidase (anti-TPO) antibodies to be more vulnerable to depression. A recent German study concluded that “in cases of repeated depressive episodes, it seems necessary not only to get lab testing for TSH, T3, and T4 but also to assess the autoimmune status of the thyroid gland (autoantibodies).”
As you have read, it is CRITICAL that you ask your physician to do a comprehensive thyroid panel. DO NOT settle for a TSH test alone. The cause of your depression just may be found with a thyroid problem.
There series of post is to help you become an informed and well-educated consumer of health care issues. The more you know and more important, the more you understand, about your condition, the greater potential of you getter better and gaining a new lease on life.
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Part 2 next week …
‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’