From work to home life and relationships, depression and anxiety have a negative impact on every detail of daily life. The symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, as well as decreased motivation and joy, an inability to think clearly and make decisions, trouble concentrating, changes in sleep habits and appetite and frequent thoughts of death or suicide. Depression, if left untreated, is debilitating, but it can also be fatal.
Anxiety, which often comes along with depression, produces feelings of dizziness, nervousness, heart palpitations, chest pain, headaches and stomach problems.
Anxiety and depression should never be left untreated, and may even indicate an underlying condition, such as a vitamin deficiency or liver problems. Your ND can recommend a treatment program to get you feeling like yourself again. Changes in diet and lifestyle, as well as getting more exercise and avoiding alcohol go a long way to helping you feel better. Your ND may also recommend natural supplements to boost your serotonin levels and is always willing to consult with your other practitioners.
Description Courtesy of The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Medicine