59 Causes of Physical Depression

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When a person remains depressed, despite normal efforts to remedy the problem, a physical source of the depression should be considered.

Physiological causes of depression are so common, in fact, the American Assn. of Clinical Endocrinologists states, “The diagnosis of sub-clinical [without obvious signs] or clinical hypothyroidism must be considered in every patient with depression.”

Physical sources of Depression include: Nutritional deficiencies
* Lack of exercise
* Lack of sunshine
* Hypothyroidism
* Hyperthyroidism
* Fibromyalgia
* Candida (yeast infection)
* Poor adrenal function
* Hemochromatosis (to much iron in the red blood cells)
* Other hormonal disorders including:

— Cushing’s Disease (excessive pituitary hormone production)
— Addison’s disease (low adrenal function)
— High levels of parathyroid hormone
— Low levels of pituitary hormones

* Hypoglycemia

* Food Allergies
* Heavy metals (such as mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium and thallium)
* Selenium toxicity
* Premenstrual syndrome
* Sleep disturbances
* Dental problems
* TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) Problems
* Infections including:

  • AIDS
  • Influenza
  • Mononucleosis
  • Syphilis (late stage)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Viral pneumonia

* Medical conditions including:

  • Heart Problems
  • Lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • Head injury
  • Liver disease
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stroke
  • Temporal lobe epilepsy
  • Systemic lupus erythematous

Drugs including:

* Tranquilizers & Sedatives
* Antipsychotic drugs
* Amphetamines
* Beta-blockers (diminish effects of epinephrine, adrenaline and other stress hormones)
* High blood pressure medications
* Birth control pills
* Anti-inflammatory agents
* Corticosteroids (adrenal hormone agents)
* Cimetidine (Tagament – treatment of heart burn/peptic ulcers)
* Cycloserine
* Indomethacin (TX of inflammation & pain caused by Rheumatoid arthritis)

Brand name:

* Indocin, Indocin-SR
* Reserpine (Lowers blood pressure & decreases certain chemicals in blood)
* Vinblastine (Cancer drug)
* Vincristine – Brand name: Oncovin
*Vincasar PFS (cancer drug that slows down growth of cancer cells)

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