As a Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Holly consistently strives to identify and treat the cause of any clinical presentation.
Depression is a disease that claims new victims everyday. Roughly 12 million Americans suffer from depression, and these numbers are rapidly increasing. In fact, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) reports that suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans annually.
Depression can be the result of many things ranging from thyroid issues and cortisol deficiencies to nutrient deficiencies and chemical toxicity. According to an article in Functional Medicine, 10-15 percent of patients who have depression have a thyroid hormone deficiency.
Openly discussing your feelings can help your doctor properly diagnose your symptoms, because he or she can order specific tests on your thyroid. This can help focus and detect issues caused from adrenal function, nutrient deficiencies, and chemical toxins.
It's extremely important to know that if you're feeling depressed, there are plenty of people willing to listen and help in any way that they can. You do not have to go through it alone.
In this segment, Dr. Holly discusses the article posted in Functional Medicine, as well as how asking your doctor for certain tests can help properly diagnose and treat your depression.