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“Beneath the emotional surface of mood and depression can be a raging physical undercurrent of hormonal distortions, impaired immunity, and inflammation.

William Davis, MD, FACC

A Diagnosis of Depression

A diagnosis of depression can include fatigue, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, sudden weight loss or gain, irritability, loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed, and trouble concentrating. A wide range of physical health problems share these symptoms, including:

  • Underactive thyroid
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Allergies
  • Certain cancers
  • Sleep apnea
  • Lyme disease
  • Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and multiple sclerosis

How to get the right diagnosis:

There are several steps that can help ensure that your doctor explores all possible, appropriate diagnoses:

  • Ask your doctor if there any other health issues that could be causing your symptoms and if so whether there are appropriate diagnostic tests that could help clarify your diagnosis.
  • Make sure your doctor has access to your complete, up-to-date medical record and family history so she or he is aware of past diagnoses and risk factors. Ask if there is information in your medical history that does not fit with the current diagnosis.
  • Do some research or work with a health advisor who can provide information about potential alternative diagnoses.
  • Get a second opinion. If your original diagnosis was made by a mental health specialist, talk with your primary care doctor about whether a physical health issue could be the underlying cause of your symptoms.

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Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity three to five days a week. Exercise can increase your body’s production of endorphins, which are hormones that improve your mood.

Avoid alcohol and drugs

Drinking or using drugs may make you feel better for a little bit. But in the long run, these substances can make depression and anxiety symptoms worse.

Take care of yourself

You can also improve symptoms by taking care of yourself. This includes getting plenty of sleep, eating a healthy diet, avoiding negative people, and participating in enjoyable activities.

Lifestyle changes are helpful.

Techniques that may help include:

  • regular exercise
  • getting plenty of sleep
  • maintaining treatments
  • reducing stress
  • building strong relationships with others


Symptoms in men may include:

  • Mood: anger, aggressiveness, irritability, anxiousness, restlessness
  • Emotional: feeling empty, sad, hopeless
  • Behavioral: loss of interest, no longer finding pleasure in favorite activities, feeling tired easily, thoughts of suicide, drinking excessively, using drugs, engaging in high-risk activities
  • Sexual: reduced sexual desire, lack of sexual performance
  • Cognitive: inability to concentrate, difficulty completing tasks, delayed responses during conversations
  • Sleep: insomnia, restless sleep, excessive sleepiness, not sleeping through the night
  • Physical: fatigue, pains, headache, digestive problems

Symptoms in women may include:

  • Mood: irritability
  • Emotional: feeling sad or empty, anxious or hopeless
  • Behavioral: loss of interest in activities, withdrawing from social engagements, thoughts of suicide
  • Cognitive: thinking or talking more slowly
  • Sleep: difficulty sleeping through the night, waking early, sleeping too much
  • Physical: decreased energy, greater fatigue, changes in appetite, weight changes, aches, pain, headaches, increased cramps


Children Diagnosis with Depression


Between 1979 and 1983, the New York City school system removed the sugar, additives, and preservatives from its school lunch program. This change alone produced a 15 percent increase in performance on standardized tests. School performance in the New York City School System moved from below national average to above national average. This study was well-controlled, and involved 800,000 children. Other reasons for the outcome were carefully ruled out.

Hypoglycemia is related to hostile, aggressive behavior. This type of response is seen in habitually violent and impulsive criminals. An interesting study in 1984 suggested that reactive hypoglycemia was connected with fire-setting behavior. The study also revealed that the hypoglycemiac arsonists fit the criteria for intermittent explosive disorder, antisocial personality, and borderline personality disorder.

Sugar, white flour, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco can contribute to low blood sugar. Medications can also induce hypoglycemia including insulin; Bactrim (an antibiotic); beta-blockers such as Propranolol; Haldol; MAO inhibitors; Quinidine; Quinine; and Sulfonylureas, a drug that stimulates beta cells to produce more insulin.

  • Mood: irritability, anger, mood swings, crying
  • Emotional: feelings of incompetence (e.g. “I can’t do anything right”) or despair, crying, intense sadness
  • Behavioral: getting into trouble at school or refusing to go to school, avoiding friends or siblings, thoughts of death or suicide
  • Cognitive: difficulty concentrating, decline in school performance, changes in grades
  • Sleep: difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Physical: loss of energy, digestive problems, changes in appetite, weight loss or gain



If Diagnosed with Bipolar Depression

Symptoms may include:

  • loss of interest or enjoyment from normal activities
  • feeling sad, worried, anxious, or empty
  • not having energy or struggling to complete tasks
  • difficulty with recall or memory
  • sleeping too much or insomnia
  • weight gain or weight loss as a result of increased or decreased appetite
  • contemplating death or suicide

If Diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety

Symptoms include irritability, difficulty with memory or concentration, and sleep problems. These symptoms can be treated holistically but please check with your doctor before starting a new program.

If Diagnosed with Depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Symptoms may include unwanted and repeated thoughts, urges, and fears (obsessions).

These fears cause you to act out repeated behaviors or rituals that you hope will ease the stress caused by the obsessions. If you have these behaviors, you may feel isolated because of them. This can lead to withdrawal from friends and social situations.


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*This website provides information for educational purposes.  It is not medical advice.  Please consult your healthcare provider before making any changes to medication or starting to take any dietary supplement.

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