Clinical depression can cause people to lose interest in things they once loved. People with depression often feel hopeless, anxious, overwhelmed, perpetually drained, irritable, and chronically worried. Depression can happen to anyone, regardless of their age or gender, although women experience depression more than twice the rate of men.
Some of the most common symptoms of depression include:
- Increased anxiety
- Poor concentration
- Loss of energy
- Problems sleeping
- Loss of interest
- Feel helpless or hopeless
- Decreased self-worth
- Poor or increased appetite
- Avoiding people, even family or close friends
- Difficulty functioning at school or work
- Increased guilt
- Physical pains
- Decreased libido
- Thoughts of suicide or death
It is important to realize that depression itself can be a symptom of a deeper issue. It may be a sign that the interconnected systems in the body are out of balance- from blood sugar to thyroid function to gut health- and chronic inflammation is often at the source. Depression can be an opportunity to gain insight into these imbalances within, and address them, leading to a powerful transformation in health.
A Holistic Approach to Mental Health
At Reno Health Institute, we strive to identify and treat the underlying root cause to go beyond symptom relief. We look for contributing factors such as nutritional deficincies, food sensitivties, blood sugar imbalances, hormone imbalances including thyroid and adrenal issues, sleep disturbances, exposures to biology-disrupting toxicants, and other influences. We use an integrative approach to treatment focusing on dietary modifications, natural supplements, and the power of lifestyle medicine to facilitate the body's own self-healing mechanisms. We often collaborate with or refer to other providers for comprehensive care. The goal of care is for patients to feel physically vibrant and emotionally balanced.