Depression is a serious mental health disorder that can affect people of all ages. Typical symptoms include persistent low mood, loss of interest, sleep disturbances, lack of energy and a feeling of worthlessness.

Depression can make life seem dull and gray, which has a massive impact on the quality of life of those affected. Therapy that addresses the causes is important for a quick recovery and long-term stabilization of mental health.

Causes of Depression

The causes of depression can be many and varied. Several causes can often reinforce each other and intensify the depression.

The following causes may be present:

  • Genetic predispositions
  • Hormonal causes (e.g. thyroid disorders)
  • Environmental factors
  • Stressful life events
  • Deficiencies, such as a vitamin D deficiency
  • Neurological diseases such as Parkinson's

A well-founded search for the cause is crucial for lasting improvement.

Diagnosis is carried out by a trained psychiatrist or psychotherapist. However, an experienced general practitioner or holistic physician can also be a point of contact for depression.

Treatment of Depression

Rapid treatment is crucial, as sufferers tend to isolate themselves, which can further worsen the symptoms.

Conventional treatment options include psychotherapy, medication and deep brain stimulation (ECT). In psychotherapy, the underlying problems are examined and coping strategies are developed. Antidepressants and ECT can help to correct the chemical imbalance in the brain.

Ketamine or psilocybin also show very promising results, although these have so far only been approved for study purposes in Germany.

Apart from the classic treatment methods, exercise and a healthy, balanced diet not only have a preventive effect, but also contribute to recovery.

Early detection and seeking professional help are crucial, as untreated depression can have a serious impact on life. It is important to understand that depression is treatable and support from friends, family and professionals is an important part of the recovery process.

From a holistic point of view, one should consider that there is a connection between the brain and the gut, known as the gut-brain axis. Problems in the gut can affect the nervous system and lead to various neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain. This could lead to the development of depression or other mental disorders. A therapeutic approach that includes intestinal cleansing and a change in diet is therefore of great importance.

Existing deficiencies should be identified and professionally balanced so that the body’s functions are brought into equilibrium.

Med. pract. Dana Hreus M.A.

The treatment of people with mito requires a comprehensive and integrative approach by doctors and therapists from various disciplines. Individual counseling plays a decisive role in ensuring the best possible quality of life for those affected.

Med. pract. Dana Hreus M.A.

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