Growing number of Americans, almost 10% of the US population 18 years and older suffer from depression. And as the 72 million Baby Boomers in the US head toward retirement, mental health longevity is a real concern for a growing portion of the population.
Two articles in the July 2010 issue of the journal, Neurology, support the theory that older adults who have recurrent depression may be more likely to have dementia and Alzheimer's later in life. In fact, participants in one study had a 50% greater risk of developing dementia if they had a history of depression. These studies suggest that treating depression is crucial for prolonging mental and physical well-being throughout life.
Currently many patients are treated for depression with medications including serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) such as Prozac, Paxil or Zoloft. These medications can have some significant side-effects including insomnia, digestive problems, decreased sexual desire and satisfaction, reduced blood clotting capacity, and perhaps most serious, suicidal thoughts. For some, the side effects are worse than the depression – and for many, the medication doesn’t even relieve the symptoms.
At Amita Holistic Healing Center, we are approach depression, seeking to find the root cause by analyzing brain chemistry to evaluate neurotransmitter levels. Beyond that, thyroid function and sex hormones are evaluated, along with a complete check of nutrient levels. In many cases, by ensuring that appropriate levels of nutrients are reaching the cells and by balancing the thyroid, brain chemistry, and hormones, real relief from the symptoms of depression can be achieved. Dr. Tatyana Yakovleva prefers to use more natural means that have fewer and less severe side effects, if any at all.
To partner with a holistic physician who can find the root cause of your depression symptoms and help you create a care plan that gets you feeling better using natural, holistic treatments call 718-375-1144 to schedule an appointment.