Depression – Are you or someone you know depressed?


Are you or someone you know depressed?  Well, first of all we would have to be able to define depression.

There are times when we all have our ups and downs.  There are times throughout the week when we are happier or sadder than others, so what causes us to feel down, depressed, having the blues, or a bad day in contrast to someone who has a very real clinical depression?

Almost 19 million Americans are thought to suffer from depressive disorders. Not to mention only 23 percent of individuals with clinical depression seek treatment, only 10 percent of which receive adequate care.

Depression has many, many factors.  Many doctors believe that depression is a condition involving the serotonin pathway where there is not enough impulses crossing the synapse – but new research shows that the theory of chemical imbalances is not the cause of depression.

Unfortunately, many patients that have depression are given three classes of medical prescriptions for the treatments:

  1. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI): Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil
  2. Tricylics, Heterocylics
  3. Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAO)

Long-term side effects of antidepressants include:  tremors, buccal masticatory syndrome, rabbit nose twitching, tics, and Parkinsonism symptoms.  The patient may experience withdrawal symptoms going off the drug.  Slow attenuation may be preferable while instituting nutritional intervention and correction.

Depressive patients show decreased levels of inositol in their cerebrospinal fluid1 and inositol has a similar therapeutic profile to pharmaceutical selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) often used to treat depression.

One of the best ways I have found to treat depression is inositol.  This naturally occurring isomer of glucose and a key intermediate molecule of second messenger signal transduction pathways used by serotonergic, cholinergic, and noradrenergic neurons.  Inositol is believed to play an important role in the intracellular phosphatidyl inositol system to which several key serotonin receptor subtypes are linked.  As such compounds containing inositol may represent novel therapeutic agents in treating some psychiatric disorder.  Inositol helps in the regulation of serotonin and may enhance sleep and help patients with insomnia

Inositol is not considered an essential dietary nutrient, because it is made in the body and shuttled around to various tissues as needed. Over consumption of sugar however, may disrupt the inositol shuttle system and associated second messenger pathways, essentially leading to deficiency.

The body of published literature on inositol in treating mental illness is significant, but it still has not been incorporated into mainstream clinical thinking because of the difficulty in getting past the heavy drug company influence in mental health. There is scientific literature in peer reviewed psychiatric journals demonstrating that inositol appear to work as effectively as SSRIs (Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil)  (James Greenblatt, MD).

How would you naturally treat depression:

  1. Exercise
  2. Avoid sugar and sugary drinks
  3. Natural medicines:
    1. Inositol
    2. Tryptophan homeopathics
    3. ElectroMed – ProFormulas
    4. Tyromine

What clinic evaluation would you use to treat depression?

If I have said it once, I’ll say it 1,000 times.  If you balance the body, good things happen.  We need to develop a baseline with clinical history, blood tests, nutritional surveys and hormone tests.  Once we find the imbalance, you will not believe how much better you will feel.  It starts off with a routine office visit to find out how healthy you are.

Patient Talk

I felt like Eyeore on Winnie the pooh and I hated how I felt on Rx.  Dr J helped me to find an exercise program I liked, convinced me to eat breakfast and Inositol and I can’t believe how much better I feel.  Not only do I feel better but I can actually remember better and I am solving crossword puzzles now!” – Allan A

Dr. J Recommends:

To balance moods, treat anxiety and depression, Dr. J recommends the following supplements. We also advise that you schedule an appointment with a physician at The West Clinic if you feel you or a loved one may be suffering from depression, anxiety or mood disorders. Please call 208-232-3216 to schedule.

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The Electrician is designed to help support healthy cognition, mood and memory. Learn more.


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*Please note that all of the statements in this document have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.


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