Depression could be an early warning sign of more serious conditions

If you walk into a typical mainstream doctor’s surgery and complain about the blues, those panic attacks or mild depression that have been keeping you up at night, you’ll walk out of that same doctor’s surgery with a prescription for antidepressants. Job done.

Most mainstream doctors spend most of their time signing antidepressant prescriptions and if you’ve been handed a bottle of these side effect-ridden drugs — linked to everything from sexual dysfunction to suicide — there’s a good chance no doctor ever gave you a simple blood test or tried to understand what was REALLY causing your depression.

That’s not just irresponsible, it’s a mistake that could cost you your life.

In a new study, published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Italian researchers found that depression is often an early warning sign of a more serious underlying disease and maybe your best and only chance to detect an illness that could cost you your life.

Researchers analysed 21 medical studies from around the world and concluded that depression was often a strong, early indicator of serious medical disorders such as Cushing’s syndrome, hypothyroidism, a pending heart attack or even pancreatic or lung cancer.

When you’re talking about a looming heart attack or a potentially aggressive cancer, early detection is a matter of life and death. But most doctors don’t order even basic diagnostic tests before sending you on your way with a prescription for Paxil or Prozac.

Now, don’t get me wrong — every case of depression isn’t some heart disease or cancer diagnosis waiting to happen. Depression is often temporary and can be linked to something as simple as a nutritional deficiency.

But in other cases, feeling run down and depressed is your body’s way of telling you that it is literally exhausting itself trying to fight off an infection or compensating for a looming medical condition. Popping an antidepressant masks these symptoms and can allow a potentially serious disease to fester.

If you’re suffering from depression or anxiety, make sure you get a full medical check-up to understand the root cause of your problem.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
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Rapp, M. A. et al. Persistent Depressive Symptoms after Acute Coronary Syndrome Are Associated with Compromised White Matter Integrity in the Anterior Cingulate: A Pilot Study. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Vol. 79, April 2010, pp. 149-55.

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