It’s estimated that about 19 million American adults suffer from depression. Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that, if left untreated, can cause a wide range of health challenges and interfere with your everyday life. According to Pittsburgh bioidentical hormones expert Keith Wharton, M.D., Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Pittsburgh, the key to effectively treating the depression is identifying where the problem is stemming from in the first place.
“When most doctors evaluate a patient for depression, they typically recommend quick-fix solutions, like anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications,” shares Dr. Wharton. “While these are effective on the short term, studies have shown that long term use can do more harm than good. There is a large body of evidence that supports the risks associated with taking anti-depressants, yet they still stand as the most commonly prescribed treatment for depression.”
As the body ages, hormone production gradually declines. The mood centers in your brain are controlled by a vast network of hormones and neurotransmitters and declining levels of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone can hinder the production of the hormone serotonin — the neurochemical that controls mood.
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