Depression & Anxiety
There are many deficiencies that are linked with depression and anxiety. They can be caused by deficiencies of hormones and the major disorders may be linked to neurotransmitter imbalances.
Generalized Anxiety Disorders (GAD) are usually linked to deficiencies of certain neurotransmitters, especially serotonin, but also can be associated with norepinephrine (noradrenaline) and dopamine issues.
While the neurotransmitter theory is sometimes the only theory discussed as fact so all depression seems to be treated that way. It is also clear to us here at Beyond-Biology some cases clinical depression and anxiety can also be derived from hormonal deficiencies, and treatment with hormone supplementation can resolve them.
Hypothyroidism is probably the most common hormonal cause of depression. It can also cause other symptoms, such as fatigue, cold intolerance, foggy thinking, menstrual issues, weight gain, swelling, hair loss and dry skin.
Hypothyroidism is very easy to diagnose from blood tests, they are TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and Free T3 and Free T4 (the actual active thyroid hormones). Many doctors today leave out testing for the thyroid hormones, seems like the most important part of the puzzle, right? This is the reason that thyroid issues commonly remain undiagnosed and people will continue to suffer.
Hypothyroidism is easily treated with natural desiccated thyroid medications like Armour, Nature-throid and West-throid which contain T4 and T3 thyroid hormones.
Major depression has been associated with high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, but sometimes the opposite is true. Adrenal insufficiency can cause a decreased amount of cortisol leading to symptoms like fatigue and depression with associated weight gain, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and muscle and joint pain. Symptoms may be more evident during periods of stress. Adrenal issues can also be misdiagnosed as panic disorders.
This can be tested with urine testing and saliva testing and treated with hormones and supplements specific to your issue, no guessing.
Estrogen deficiency can also cause symptoms like depression, memory loss, fatigue, sleeplessness, headaches and skin and mucosal dryness Levels decrease in menopause, but even perimenopausal women may sometimes be imbalanced. Progesterone is another important hormone that may relieve anxiety. It is normally prescribed together with bioidentical estrogen.
Low testosterone is associated with moodiness, muscle weakness, fatigue, and low libido. Unfortunately Testosterone levels decrease with age called andropause in men, but deficiency also affects women. Testosterone can and is also supplemented bioidentically.
DHEA is a precursor to other sex hormones, but also has activity of its own in the brain. As with other sex hormones, aging decreases its levels. DHEA in a study was found to decrease depressive symptoms in half of the patients whose depression had started in middle age and who were not taking antidepressant medications. DHEA is supplemented as capsules or lozenges.
All of these hormones are routinely tested by blood or saliva testing at Beyond-Biology so we know EXACTLY what the cause of your depression issues is. We treat you like the individual you are!
Growth hormone deficiency also can occur in association with other hormonal deficiencies. In adults it can cause vague symptoms such as lowered mood, decreased social ability, muscle weakness, fibromyalgia, fatigue and wasting.
Unfortunately the best way to supplement growth hormone is by daily or near-daily injections, which are extremely expensive. However, Sermorelin is a growth hormone secretagogue that gets great results and is easily supplemented.
How do you know what may be the cause of your minor depression issues? At Beyond Biology we can test your hormones and your neurotransmitters and know for sure. Seems simple right? Call us today free and ask us how! 888-908-0804