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Depression

Condition Description

A mental state characterized by low mood, loss of interest and enjoyment in everyday activities, causing varying levels of social and occupational dysfunction. It can be classified into minor depression and major depressive disorder.

Common Symptoms

  • Depressed mood, hopelessness, feeling of worthlessness, diminished interest or pleasure, suicidal thoughts
  • Insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain without a physical cause

Underlying Causes

  • Psychological factors like stress, interpersonal losses, and significant losses in childhood may predispose a person to depression.
  • Physical/environmental factors can in some cases cause depression and in other cases can increase the severity of depression that stems from psychological factors
  • Environmental factors may include yeast overgrowth, hypothyroidism, food and mold allergies, chemical sensitivities and vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid deficiency

Traditional Approach

  • Psychotherapy (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy). Antidepressants may be combined for better and faster response
  • SSRI antidepressants like Fluoxetine (Prozac), Paroxetine (Paxil), Sertaline (Zoloft), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Citalopram (Celexa), and Escitalopram (Lexapro),
  • Selective serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) like Venlafaxine (Effexor) and duloxetine (Cymbalta),
  • St. John’s wort
  • Atypical antidepressants like Bupropion (Wellbutrin), Nefazodone (Serzone), Mirtazapine (Remeron), and Trazadone (Desyrel)

Our Approach

  • Test for and treat yeast overgrowth, hypothyroidism, food and mold allergies, chemical sensitivity, and nutritional deficiencies
  • Serious cases should be supplemented with Traditional Approach:es (counseling and/or medication) until environmental factors can be addressed

SUCCESS STORIES

Condition Treated:

Depression

Symptoms:

Confusion, depression, tiredness, headaches

Initials:

B.S

Age:

45

Story:

In early summer, I was very sick.  I was tired all the time, had very little energy, had almost constant headaches, and was extremely depressed.  I came to see Dr. Shahid in august and began taking Nilstat and was put on vitamins and food allergy shots.  I began to see improvement within one month, and was very pleased.  These last few months, I have been very much improved.  I have energy and no headaches or depression.  I am very grateful for my progress.  I feel great.

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Condition Treated:

Depression

Symptoms:

Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, depression, severe allergies

Initials:

T.

Age:

37 male

Story:

For the past few years, I had been feeling very fatigued.  I had surgery for apnea, sleep studies,  a very wide variety of psychoactive drugs such as Prozac.  Nothing worked.  At the same time, I had severe allergies all the time and was overall very miserable with itchy skin, inflamed sinuses and eruptions on my back and arms.  This had lasted over 18 years. Over the course of a few short months, with treatments for magnesium deficiency, poor diet, Candidiasis, and hypothyroid, all of these conditions were nearly reversed. I have more energy than I can ever remember having and can breathe with almost no sinus problems!  It is amazing.

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Condition Treated:

Depression

Symptoms:

Doctor after doctor . . .Tiredness, headaches, feelings of passing out, PM (premenstrual) tension, PM irritability, PM headaches, PM bloating, depression, mental confusion, poor memory, poor concentration, morning fatigue, getting tired by the end of the day, cold feet, dry skin, neck pain, hip pain, pain in left arm, acne, intolerance to alcohol

Initials:

T.F.

Age:

36 years female

Story:

The difference I feel 90% of the time in all areas, instead of 40% is unbelievable.  I always knew as a child that I didn’t feel as well as other children.  As an adult from about 25 on, my health was starting to get worse.  Doctor after doctor said, “Oh, not too much wrong with you, just nerves.”  I know I had problems but couldn’t find one to take me serious – until now that is.  Dr. Shahid has always taken me serious and finds the root of the problems.  Thanks to a diet and properly suited medium, I am hopeful for a new, healthy me. Thank you, Dr. Shahid.  Also, I would like to add his (great) staff makes all those tests easier to take!!

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Condition Treated:

Depression

Symptoms:

Digestive Problems, Depression, Irritable Bowel, Diarrhea, Stomach Cramping, Vaginal Discharge, Tired

Initials:

L. B.

Age:

32 years female

Story:

When I came to Dr. Shahid’s office, I was on Tenormin and other different medicines for rapid heart rate, depression and for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  I couldn’t eat anything without having diarrhea and stomach cramping.  I had vaginal discharge.  I was tired all the time.  I even didn’t want to get out of bed sometimes.  With two small children, I didn’t have the energy or patients to play with them.  I was very irritable and would fly off the handle a lot.  My husband even said my mood swings were bad. Today, after 4 months of testing and taking Nystatin, magnesium and thyroid medication, I am 90% better.  Dr. Shahid found a low mag level, thyroid levels off, and allergies to yeast, dust, molds, etc.  I am so happy today.  My energy level is high and I am able to play and enjoy my children.  I have started to work on my master’s degree too!  I am off the medicines  Thank God for Dr. Shahid and staff.  I feel great!

 

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