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Are You Really Depressed?

You’ve started sleeping a lot more

You’re tired all the time

Things don’t seem to make you happy

You can’t remember things

You can’t seem to focus

People are wondering what is wrong with you

You’re beginning to wonder what is wrong with you

Are you really depressed?  I mean, what do you have to be depressed about?  You know things aren’t great, but you hardly feel you deserve a label so harsh as this….

So what is really going on?

Being a counseling center, we see plenty of people who are depressed and yes, those things I mentioned above are all signs of depression. But, what if I told you they could be signs of something else that is going on?  Sometimes, people come to me or are sent to me for depression, but when they come in and talk to me, I realize that it isn’t depression, after all.

First, a disclaimer – I am not a doctor and do not intend to replace your doctor’s advice.  But, in saying that, it’s also important that I discuss some other things that might be happening.  Were you aware that a hormone imbalance may also trigger symptoms of depression?  Sex hormones, thyroid hormones, adrenal hormones and neurotransmitters all work together to create this “cocktail” that is YOU.  If there is a weak link in any part of this chain, it can cause symptoms.

In working with clients over the years, I have become very adept at spotting these issues.  When someone comes in thinking they have depression and I pick up on things that clue me in to the fact that they probably have hormone issues that are causing the problems, I refer them to a doctor and have the doctor test for these things. 

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Doctors are amazing, in that they can spend 5-15 minutes with a person and know what that person needs; however, with hormone issues, it can be a bit tricky and complex.  It helps doctors out tremendously when someone who spends at least an hour with a patient can help pinpoint the problem.  I work with several doctors in the area that are very good at diagnosing hormone issues.

If you think you have symptoms of depression or something else and can’t figure out what is wrong, come see me.  Let’s figure it out together.


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