Depression can often be looked at as a biochemical and physiological imbalance. Patients often state that their lives are quite good and there are no external problems that they can pin on their depression. They are usually leading lives that are quite blessed and they can’t think of a good reason why they are feeling the way they do. Symptoms may include feel fatigue, inability to concentrate, problems with weight loss, and often feel anxious, stressed, out of control and out of hope.

All depression has an underlying cause but sometimes it takes a bit of investigation to figure out. We have seen depression be triggered from gluten sensitivity to a viral infection. The endocrine system plays a role as well balancing hormones in both male and females.

In order to treat people with depression, a through case history and physical examination must be performed. Depression is not usually a stand alone disease and people who suffer from depression often have symptoms that they have not associated with their depression and only realize the association after the have gotten better. One example is food allergies. Allergies to foods, along with other chemicals, food additives, food colorings, household cleaners, molds, herbs and medications can all be tested for and can be causative factors for people suffering from depression.

Since the mind and body cannot be separated, depression and a person’s physical well being must be assessed in an integrative manner.