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Will Gluten Depression
Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more
I am gluten intolerant (self diagnosed). Is it possible to have panic attacks, anxiety, and depression from consuming gluten?
Doubtful: True gluten intolerance is rare and self diagnosis is unreliable. There is no proven true link between gluten ingestion and psychiatric symptoms. I suggest you read the Consumer's Digest recent issue devoted to gluten. It's easy to understand and up to date but if you're caught up in the gluten fad/frenzy you might not like the conclusions. ...Read more
Bad symptoms of celiacs worsening, when i go gluten free will i feel a lot better? With depression anxiety irritability over all health too?
Gluten free: Yes, if you have celiac disease eliminating all gluten from your food plan will allow your gut to heal, and symptoms to leave. Depression and anxiety may improve markedly as well as any digestive problems you're experiencing. Dietary changes like this can be challenging, but are definitely worth it. For recipe ideas, try elana's pantry at http://tinyurl.Com/lbjop8w there are many others too! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
PCOS, Hashi's, elev. Gliadin Abs, IgA (unconfirmed Celiac). 2 yrs. gluten-free. Still fatigue, brain fog, memory, depression. Still dietary? Adrenal?
Teen depression: Is harder to diagnose than depression in adults. All teens have some moodiness and rapid mood swings which can be similar to depression. If you are concerned about a teenager you know consider speaking with a psychologist about your concerns and possibly set up an evaluation for the teen. If a teen is extremely isolated and lacking interest in life ( possibly suicidal) get help asap. ...Read more
Persistent despair: Can begin a downward spiral. As energy & motivation decrease, people often withdraw, isolate themselves & feel helpless & hopeless. They may become self-critical & self-blaming. Behaviors, thinking & emotions intensify each other. Chronic, moderate depression is dysthymia. Research & clinical experience show that cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) is the most effective treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise: Depression can be very serious and sometimes caused by medical illness. See your family doc to get checked out. In addition to prescription medication for depression daily vigorous exercise can help as well as seeing a councilor, reading books about depression, and taking better care of yourself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cure?: There is no "cure" per se, but medications and/or therapy can lead to full remission of symptoms. Sometimes after 1-2 years medication may no longer be needed, but if recurrence of symptoms on or off medication then indefinite treatment may be needed. Staying off drugs and alcohol, regular sleep pattern, and good nutrition are also important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most people...: We are all at risk of suffering depression particularly if stress becomes chronic and unmanageable. Genetics plays a role. Early childhood loss of the mother; divorced people and those unhappily married may be at higher risk. Poverty and lower socio-economic status, adult children of alcoholics may be at higher risk. Alcoholism and substance abuse are risk factors.Women report more mde than men. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Counseling: Begin by talking it out with someone who is trained and who you feel good chemistry with. It doesn't have to be a doctor. It could be a psychologist or a clergy person or a nurse. It helps for you to believe in them and feel they are listening. Medicines are secondary. You may need them. Keep the faith. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Group of Symptoms: Clinical depression is a collection of symptoms - something we call a syndrome - that includes a persistent and pervasive period of sadness and/or a lack of joy, usually associated with feelings of excessive guilt or apathy, difficulties getting motivated, poor concentration and energy, disrupted sleep, feelings of sluggishness or restlessness, social withdrawal, and/or thoughts of death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See Below: Psychotherapy, medication (if there's need), self-care routine --establishing a time to do things that you like/enjoy; relaxation, learning what triggers your symptoms; creating "crisis card" things to do when depression worsens; stress management; sleep hygiene. Psychotherapy will help guide you through the process, while medication will help in stabilizing mood. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many things: I agree with dr. Saponaro about using psychotherapy with medications, rather than meds alone. Some studies have also shown consistent exercise to be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression. Nutritionally, you can also make sure to have enough vitamin d and omega-3 fats. If not eating wild alaskan salmon at least 2x/week, be sure to take good quality fish oil w/1000mg epa/day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In addition . . .: In addition to the typical treatments for depression my colleagues describe, there are questions to ask yourself. Are you listening to your own inner callings about life purpose & interactions with others? How is your sense of spiritual connection? A therapist can help you consider these & more; so can therapeutic writing. While painful, depression can also signal opportunity to transform & grow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more