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5 Things They Never Told You About Depression

5 Things They Never Told You About Depression
Did you know of the top 10 most prescribed medications, half of those are antidepressants? Even then, many people don’t respond to these medications.

When addressing this epidemic of chronic depression, we have to look at which mechanisms to address.

The first thing to know is that depression is caused when certain areas of the brain associated with mood are not firing. It’s that simple. The key is to understand why they’re not firing. It could be a neurotransmitter problem, such as serotonin, but it’s usually more than that.

For instance, it could be lack of sufficient circulation to the brain, blood sugar issues, leaky gut, or chronic inflammation. Hormonal imbalance, a thyroid problem, or other metabolic issue can play into these factors.

The bottom line is depression is caused not by a lack of antidepressants but by an underlying mechanism. Identifying symptoms that are occurring in addition to depression gives us an idea of what else to consider.

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Save Your Brain: The Six-Week Rescue Plan

One-To-One With Dr. Kharrazian
Do you suffer from brain fog, loss of focus, loss of memory, or depression? Do you fatigue easily from reading, driving, or working?

These could be signs you have poor brain health. Brain degeneration is a serious problem that goes largely unaddressed until it’s in the end stages and too late to rescue.

One of the first things we see that indicates brain degeneration is fatigue due to reading, driving, working, deep conversation with friends, or other activities that require you to use your brain.

Typically, brain degeneration is not caused by a single nutrient deficiency or corrected by taking an isolated supplement. Instead, you have to identify what part of your brain is degenerating.

Health care practitioners are not trained to identify early signs of brain degeneration. Patients are on their own when it comes to brain health and it’s up to you to learn what to do.

In Save Your Brain: The Six-Week Rescue Plan, I take you through the same steps I take my patients through. I show you how to identify symptoms of brain degeneration, how to change those symptoms, and then how to monitor your brain health.

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It’s Never Just Depression

I hope you can make time to listen to my talk on depression during the online Depression Sessions event, hosted by Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness.

It is currently available for early bird viewing and downloading.

The two-week Depression Sessions runs from June 14 through June 27 and features almost two dozen natural health experts speaking on the topic of depression and anxiety.

Dr. Kharrazian in the Lab

Brain degeneration affects millions of Americans of all ages. The destruction sets in years or even decades before Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, or other serious neurological diseases can be diagnosed.

Why Isn’t My Brain Working? will teach you easy-to-understand strategies to improve your brain function. You will learn how simple diet and lifestyle changes and nutritional therapy can profoundly impact your brain health and your quality of life.

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