depression treatment in cranbrook, bc

Depression Treatment

Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder in the US, affecting 18% of adults in a given year. In Canada, 12 % of the entire adolescent and adult population ages 15-64 have depression, with 9% of men and 16% of women being diagnosed during a one year period. The consequences of depression result in profound emotional, occupational and social impairments causing difficulties in relationships, school and work performance, and social activities and recreation.

When the depression is not associated with an organic cause and is marked by significant emotional distress and obvious functional impairment, then the use of effective high dose supplements (orthomolecules) and botanical agents are required. Many patients with depression do turn to complementary and alternative medicine treatments. Orthomolecular and botanical treatments have some evidence of clinical efficacy, as well as an acceptable safety profile.

To date, there are numerous orthomolecular and botanical treatment options that can effectively reduce debilitating symptoms among patients with primary depression. Our naturopathic doctor offers many simple, yet very effective means of feeling and functioning at your best.

Some of the therapies we offer include:

  • Brain Neurotransmitter testing & treatments (Gaba, Dopamine, Acetylcholine, Serotonin, and Glutamate)
  • Bio-Identical Hormones balancing (DHEA, Cortisol, Testosterone, Progesterone, and Estrogen)
  • Prescription (only if absolutely required, and if so only a short term course of treatment)
  • Orthomolecular medicine (specific high dose supplements/vitamins)
  • Specific use of supplements/vitamins/botanical medicines
  • Vitamin D injections
  • Vitamin B6, B9, and B12 injections
  • Meyers Cocktail IV

Regardless of the approach, our doctor aims for long lasting long term improvement of your condition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Postpartum Depression?

Women are particularly vulnerable to depression after giving birth, when hormonal and physical changes and the new responsibility of caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. Many new mothers experience a brief episode of mild mood changes known as the “baby blues.” These symptoms usually dissipate by the 10th day. PPD lasts much longer than 10 days, and can go on for months following child birth. Acute PPD is a much more serious condition that requires active treatment and emotional support for the new mother. Some studies suggest that women who experience PPD often have had prior depressive episodes.

How is depression diagnosed and treated?

The first step to being diagnosed is to visit a doctor for a medical evaluation. Certain medications, and some medical conditions such as thyroid disorder, can cause similar symptoms as depression. A doctor can rule out these possibilities by conducting a physical examination, interview and lab tests. If the doctor eliminates a medical condition as a cause, he or she can implement treatment or refer the patient to a mental health professional.

What happens during menopause?

Menopause is defined as the state of an absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. Menopause is the point at which estrogen and progesterone production decreases permanently to very low levels. The ovaries stop producing eggs and a woman is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. During the transition into menopause, some women experience an increased risk for depression. Scientists are exploring how the cyclical rise and fall of estrogen and other hormones may affect the brain chemistry that is associated with depressive illness.

What about depression later in life?

For adults who experience depression for the first time later in life, other factors, such as changes in the brain or body, may be at play. For example, older adults may suffer from restricted blood flow. Over time, blood vessels become less flexible. They may harden and prevent blood from flowing normally to the body’s organs, including the brain. If this occurs, an older adult with no family or personal history of depression may develop what some doctors call “vascular depression.” Those with vascular depression also may be at risk for a coexisting cardiovascular illness, such as heart disease or a stroke.