Reasons for Depression and Plans for Coping

Check with any book on depression or with any specialist and you may hear something different about the causes of depression.

I've dealt with depression in various forms at various times of life and through perimenopause my depression took a new form. I experienced a new dilemma "being shrouded with a dark cloud."


It took time and research, but I finally realized the dark cloud was a headache, sinus ache, or neck muscle myalgia. 

I read when a person has pain, it causes a fire in the brain. When the brain is aggravated by infections, trauma, toxins, or nutritional deficiencies, there is a release of pro-inflammatory cytokines which can affect mood. 

(Psychology Today

According to the above-noted article's author, inflammation is problematic and related to depression. 

"It appears that inflammation and the complicated collection of immune system chemical messengers called cytokines play an important role in brain function and may cause psychological symptoms."

Connected Physical Causes 

Today, as I read sections of a menopause book, I made note of a number of physical causes of depression. 

These are important to note because often we blame our mood on our life circumstances, our self-sabotage, and thought patterns. Yes, this all plays a role and can sometimes be the cause of depression, but physical issues can drive the mood even when life is going well. In other words, physical issues can interfere with our ability to control our thoughts in healthy ways. 

Here are a few of the physical causes the book suggested may play a part in depression:

  • endocrine disorders
  • metabolic disorders
  • celiac disease
  • neurological disorders
  • viral infections
  • caffeine overload
  • cardio vascular conditions
  • hypo or hyper thyroid
  • fibromyalgia 
Increased stress hormones, higher levels of cortisol, gluten, and high glucose levels can also be culprits. These are often affected by the way we deal with stress or worry and how we might seek to douse our worries with high-carb foods. 

Depression can be somewhat of a catch-22 situation.

Important To Note

It's important to be defensive in caring for your body if you want to stave off depression. Vitamin D should be in the range of 2,000 to 10,000 IU daily, but a number of other nutrients (Omegas) should be included as well. 

In the article above, mentioned is a study where the simple addition of ASA (aspirin) enhanced depression medication of a number of patients. 

Watch Your Allergies 

I think, overall, sticking with an anti-inflammatory diet is key. Also of note, though, is paying attention to other issues such as environmental toxins and our immune system. 

I was told I have environmental allergies. Even those act as poison to my system. 

My sister laughs that I've said I'm allergic to fish, but it wasn't me that made it up. A doctor sent me for allergy testing and the test revealed I was allergic to trout and tuna and that I should avoid all fish because they can be processed in the same plant. Omega vitamins are fish oil, so I avoid even them preferring flax seed instead.

We don't always see allergic reactions. An allergic reaction can be an inflammation in our body such as in our digestive system. 

I'm apparently also allergic to soy. There are many products that include soy. At one time, blood tests showed I was intolerant to wheat. It makes dietary choices problematic. 

If you find you're fighting depression far too often, you might want to consider what physical issues may be at play. 

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