Learn how to discover the physical cause of your depression (and how to treat it naturally).
Hi there. Today I’ve decided to start a 7 part series entitled: ‘7 Powerful Free Depression Self Help Questions’.
Over the next 3 weeks or so, I’ll tell you what these seven questions are, and I’ll show you how to use them to reveal if it is likely there is a physical cause for your depression. I believe that too many people that suffer from depression have not had these physical causes ruled out. It’s a tragedy as all can be treated specifically, and often the treatments are very simple.
I also have a second aim for doing this 7 part series. I hope that by going through these questions and explaining more about these physical/biochemical imbalances that you’ll get to know me and my approach to depression.
To give you an idea of my general approach to the physical/biochemical causes of depression, let me give you a brief overview of it with a very simple example:
- Review your medical history: Through questionnaires your medical history and your current health complaints are reviewed. Your extended family’s medical history is also looked at. As an example, let’s say we have a person with depression who also has type I diabetes and suffers regularly with mouth ulcers. Someone in the extended family has Celiac disease (an autoimmune disorder caused by dietary gluten).
- Look for tell-tale signs: The 20 or more different physical or biochemical imbalances that can contribute to depression often have tell-tale signs. Through reviewing yours and your family’s medical history these tell-tale signs are highlighted. In our above example, the depression, type I diabetes, mouth ulcers and Celiac disease may all be interconnected. Mouth ulcers are a symptom of Celiac disease. Celiac disease is 10x more likely in those that suffer from Type I diabetes, and 20x more likely for someone that has a family member with Celiac disease. Depression is also a symptom of Celiac disease.
- Highlight the most important biochemical imbalances: From what is found in your medical history we highlight the top 1-3 biochemical imbalances that could be causing or contributing to your depression. In our example, because the symptoms are suggestive of Celiac disease it would be recommended that this person is tested for this disease. Unfortunately 90% of people with Celiac disease go undiagnosed. That means that there are a lot of people that have Celiac disease and don’t know it- and are suffering needlessly. A simple diet could end their depression, their fatigue, their infertility, their menstrual issues, their migraines…. whatever the ailment the Celiac disease gives them.
- Diagnose the biochemical imbalance using medical tests: Rather than just going on symptoms, in the most part it is best to use medical tests (e.g. blood tests, urine tests) to diagnose the biochemical imbalance. At this step, there does need to be some caution, to make sure the right test is chosen, that the sample is prepared under the proper conditions and that the test results are interpreted adequately. Our depression sufferer would benefit from having a blood test and a small bowel biopsy to confirm the Celiac disease.
- Treat the biochemical imbalance appropriately: Rather than just trialing supplements, medications or diets randomly, the above approach means that the treatments chosen are a lot more specific and effective. This approach diagnoses the biochemical imbalance that is causing or contributing to your depression, which means that the treatment chosen is specific and individualized. In our example, if Celiac disease is diagnosed, then a strict gluten-free diet is followed, and dietary supplements are taken to help give back lost nutrients. A gluten-free diet, for those that have Celiac disease, can resolve their depression.
- Methodical and Based on scientific research: As you can see this approach that I will be following in my blog, and what can be found in more detail in my book for diagnosing the biochemical causes of depression, is very methodical. It is also based on the latest scientific research. I have read hundreds if not thousands of scientific articles to bring you this latest information – in a very user friendly manner so that you don’t need a PhD to understand it. My book also contains over 200 references of the most important scientific articles so you (and your doctor) can see its based on solid scientific data.
Before you go racing off to get your doctor to test you for Celiac disease, realize that it is just 1 of the physical causes for depression. There are more than 20 physical causes for depression.
If you want to discover the physical cause of your depression, join me on my seven part series- ‘7 Powerful Free Depression Self help Questions.’
I know you’re really wanting to know what the questions are, aren’t you? We’ll today I’ll give you the first question, but you’ll have to wait to find out what it reveals about the physical cause of your depression. Are you ready for it?
Question 1: Looking back, when did you experience the first signs of depression? What age were you?
I know that it’s a simple question, but I do think for some people at least it is powerful and can reveal a lot.
So think about this question- and I’ll be back with you in a couple of days to tell you what your answer shows about the physical cause of your depression.
Feel free to leave me some comments. I’d love to hear from you.
And if you’re intrigued and can’t wait to find out what the seven questions are and how you can diagnose the physical cause of depression, feel free to get yourself a copy of my book by clicking here.
Talk to you soon.
Dr Janelle Sinclair
BSc, MSc, PhD (Biochemistry), NZNMA
To download a free report which discusses ALL of the 7 Self help Depression questions (and how to interpret them) visit http://www.breakingfreefromdepression.com