Depression Got You Down?

| September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Depression is often the result of deficiencies of brain chemicals called “neurotransmitters”. Neurotransmitters are involved in controlling your mood and also memory. Neurotransmitter imbalances can lead to mood disorders such as irritability, depression, manic/depression, and rage episodes. Symptoms can be as mild as just always seeing the “glass half empty”.

Neurotransmitter deficiencies can be caused by a poor diet, hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, or low hydrochloric acid production. Neurotransmitters are formed from building blocks from your food called “amino acids”. Amino acids come from proteins. Diets low in protein can cause deficiencies in amino acids and subsequently neurotransmitters.

Thyroid hormone is the energy hormone. Energy is required to break down proteins and assemble amino acids into neurotransmitters. Some neurotransmitters are produced in the adrenal glands. If adrenal glands are incompetent, this can affect neurotransmitter levels.

Hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach is required to absorb amino acids. If hydrochloric acid is insufficient, this can lead to low amino acid levels and subsequent low levels of neurotransmitters. Anti-depressant drugs work by keeping neurotransmitters from being broken down. These drugs can be useful used in the short-term if there is evidence of potential harm to self or others. However, most mood disorders are mild to moderate and don’t require drugs.

One of the many downsides of drugs is their potential to cause suicidal/homicidal thoughts. Most mass shootings have been associated with the use of prescription antidepressants. These drugs are also often associated in domestic homicides. They carry a “black box” warning, the most serious warning a drug can have. A better alternative to addressing depression and other mood disorders is to correct the deficiencies. One amino acid deficiency that can lead to depression is L-tyrosine. L-tyrosine is a building block for the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. Norepinephrine elevates mood. It is often used in conjunction with L-tryptophan, the building block for serotonin. Prescription antidepressants should not be stopped “cold turkey”. Work with a professional to wean off. A trial of 500-1000 mg of L-tyrosine in the morning on an empty stomach may improve daytime energy and improve mood. Do not use in conjunction with other stimulants. Consult with your physician if you are taking prescription drugs.

The books “The Mood Cure” by Julia Ross and “The Thyroid Solution” by endocrinologist Ridha Arem, M.D. give more detailed information about curing mood disorders.



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Category: General Health, Mood, Mood Enhancers

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