Depression – Natural approaches
Depression it’s something that effects us all in a variety of ways. I recently attended a continuing education seminar with a focus on mental health, and I feel re-empowered about the role natural medicine plays in treatment of depression.
For many years the most prominent cause of depression was attributed to imbalance in the neurotransmitters – serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Newer theories are starting to look at depression beyond the brain, and examining the whole individual, one of the tenets of Naturopathic Medicine. New theories of depression take into account factors of stress and it’s effect on the body, individual nutrient deficiencies (vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids, and fiber), sleep deprivation, and gut permeability (leaky gut).
Have you started taking vitamin D yet?