What are some of the root causes of depression?
There are several root causes when it comes to depression, and everyone is different. The great news is that once you identify which of these are at the contributing to your symptoms, you can address them with a few simple lifestyle changes, along with targeted amino acids, vitamins and minerals. You now have more natural choices available to you beyond the traditional offering of just pharmaceuticals.
Some of the factors contributing to your depression may include:
- Genetic predispositions (MTHFR, COMT, and other common genetic mutations)
- Adrenal fatigue
- Parasitic infections
- Copper imbalances
- Spiritual energy blockages
- Nutritional imbalances
- Environmental toxins
- Gut issues, including Candida
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Thyroid issues
- Amino acid imbalances
- Deficiencies of essential fatty acids
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a great place to start. Some of these factors are impacted by lifestyle choices, but several are influenced by your genetics. Many people find ordering the 23andme saliva genetic test to be helpful in identifying some of the factors in their depression, especially if you have a family history of mental illness. You can read more about ordering this test and how to interpret the results here.
In his book Nutrient Power, William J. Walsh, PhD explains the 5 major depression biotypes. The chart below illustrates his important research at a glance.
According to his research, his depressed patients fall into these 5 categories (and 5% other). This is extremely encouraging because each of these biotypes can be addressed using specific targeted nutrients.