Experts say that one in four Americans will be diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives.
Major depression, a clinical diagnosis marked by extreme emotional pain and an inability to function, is a serious disorder that merits serious intervention.
However, many people who feel sad, blue, or down in the dumps are simply reacting to the challenges, losses, and unpleasantness of life.
It’s normal to experience these feelings when you’re going through trying circumstances — but that doesn’t mean you have a disease that necessitates treatment with powerful, side-effect-riddled drugs.
Conventional Medicine’s Approach to Depression
Conventional doctors are quick to treat almost any degree of emotional distress with antidepressants, most commonly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs such as Prozac, Celexa, and Lexapro).
These drugs have been shown in clinical trials to be no more effective than a placebo for the vast majority of individuals taking them.
Even worse, they have a long list of side effects, including weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and increased risk of bleeding.
The most serious adverse effect of these drugs, however, is extreme agitation (akathesia) and increased risk of suicide and aggressive behavior. SSRI antidepressants have been linked to thousands of murders and suicides, and the risk is greatest in young people.
Thankfully, you do have safer options.
Natural Treatments for Depression
At the DaSilva Institute, we help our patients address depression with safe, natural solutions.
Because depression is a side effect of several medications, including beta blockers, steroids, and tranquilizers, we will look at your current drug regimen and help wean you off problematic medications.
Our expert staff will test your neurotransmitters to get a more objective assessment of what is truly out of balance. You will also begin natural treatments for depression that include targeted amino-acid therapy (orthomolecular medicine), improvements to your diet, regular exercise, nutritional supplements, and (if indicated) completely natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Each recommendation is designed to accommodate individual needs, aiming to improve health and quality of life.
Customized Lifestyle Program for Depression
- Nutrition for better emotional health
Diet has a tremendous influence on mood. Deficiencies in essential fatty acids and other important nutrients, as well as excesses of refined carbohydrates, have been linked to depression.
We’ll help you make positive changes to your diet that will promote emotional and physical health. Furthermore, you’ll receive guidance in how to select and prepare healthy foods and make them part of your daily routine.
- Exercise to help elevate mood
Exercise is probably the single most effective mood elevator. It increases levels of the neurotransmitter called dopamine. It boosts endorphins, which are brain chemicals that create a sense of well-being.
In fact, many researchers feel that lack of physical exercise may be one of the major reasons for the increasing amount of depression in our society today.
- Natural remedies to fight depression
Fortunately, nature has provided us with gentle, effective natural treatments for depression. We will prescribe an individualized supplement program designed to increase your energy and fight depression.
We use several natural compounds that improve mood, including St. John’s wort, S-adenosyl-methionine (SAMe), fish oil, Tyrosine, adrenal support and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). These are far safer than prescription drugs and are backed by solid research, not to mention the experience of countless patients.
- Balance your hormone levels
Mood disturbances are a hallmark of hormonal imbalances. At the DaSilva Institute, we test our patients’ levels of thyroid, adrenal, testosterone, estrogen, and other hormones, and if they’re low, prescribe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
IMPORTANT: If your depression is severe, seek medical help immediately. In some cases, conventional therapy is both a necessary and effective course of action.