Major Depression

Depression-

If you experience at least 5 of the 9 symptoms (listed below) the majority of the time, for at least 2 weeks, you have major depression.
If you have 2 to 4 of these symptoms, you have minor depression – which means you are on your way to experience major depression.

  1. Deep sadness and/or emptiness
  2. Lack of interest and/or enthusiasm for daily routines
  3. Agitation/irritability OR your body movements have slowed down
  4. Sleep disturbances such as not being able to easily fall asleep or early morning awakenings OR you want to sleep to much or all the time
  5. Weight or appetite changes such as eating to self-medicate
  6. Lack of concentration or focus
  7. Feelings of worthlessness
  8. Morbid thoughts… preoccupation with death or symbols of death
  9. Fatigue – lack of energy or running out of energy before bed time

Deadly Effects of Depression¹

  • Increases risk of stroke by 50%
  • Increases risk of sudden cardiac death in post-MI survivors by 2½ times
  • Increases risk of heart disease in men
  • Increases risk of death from cancer
  • Increases risk of death from pneumonia
  • Increases risk of suicide

¹Journal of Epidemiology. 1997;7:210-213.

Incredible Facts About The Brain
  • Compromises only two percent of the total weight of the body
  • Utilizes fifteen percent of the body’s total metabolism
  • Contains 100 billion nerve cells
  • Has thousands of different types of neurons
  • One neuron can communicate with as many as 200,00 other neurons
Abraham Lincoln said of himself:

“I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would be not one cheerful face on earth. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell. I awfully [fearfully] forbade [predict] I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible. I must die or be better it appears to me.”

Abraham Lincoln could have succumbed to his depression and never amount to much. Instead, he forged ahead and became one of the most revered American presidents ever. His life testifies to the awesome power to the human brain. Lincoln’s brain at one point in time appeared to be so compromised as to have lost its ability to function, but later enabled him to compose and deliver the Gettysburg address.

Optional Treatments

  • Neurotransmitter Testing
  • Genetic Testing
  • Hormone Testing
  • Suggested Nutritional Supplements

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