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By High Desert Family Medicine
April 15, 2020
Tags: Depression  

Have you had a life event such as a death, job change, loss of a relationship or financial downturn? These circumstances and more, combined with hereditary factors and physiological problems, can lead to a psychiatric problem known as depression. This common mood disorder cannot be ignored but needs accurate evaluation from your doctor.. Your depression can be managed.

Who struggles with depression?

More people than you may realize struggle with the sadness and emptiness that is clinical depression. In fact, Medline Plus reports that about 19 million American teenagers and adults have depressive symptoms which continue, impacting work, school, relationships and more.

Why depression happens

Your team of osteopaths routinely screen their patients for depression. Most commonly, depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, specifically centered on a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Also called the happy chemical, serotonin greatly contributes to an individual's sense of well-being, purpose and confidence. In its absence, says the National Institute of Mental Health, numerous negative symptoms arise--some thought-related and emotional and others, physical in nature.

Symptoms of depression

They are many and vary widely from individual to individual. Women are more prone than men, and teens more than adults. Symptoms may include:

  • Hopelessness

  • Listlessness

  • Feeling empty, sad and helpless

  • Irritability and anger

  • Poor concentration and memory

  • Cognitive and somatic slowness

  • Decision fatigue

  • Perfectionism

  • Negative thoughts

  • Lack of libido

  • Apathy

  • Inability to start or complete tasks

  • Suicidal thoughts

Treating depression

It's important to get treatment for clinical depression. The first step toward wellness is admitting something is wrong. Your internist wants to hear about your symptoms so he or she can formulate a treatment plan and/or refer for psychiatric evaluation or psychological therapy.

Medication seems most fundamental to treating depression. SSRI's (serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) are oral medications which boost critical neurotransmitters. Other medications may be needed to treat co-existing conditions such as anxiety.

In addition, talk therapies, either alone or in combination with medications, allow patients to express, or discover, their feelings and formulate strategies to manage them. These talk therapies may include cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal therapies.

Don't go it alone

Isolation worsens depression. Your doctor encourage you to reach out to them, a loved one, or trusted friend and to speak of your struggle. 


By High Desert Family Medicine
April 03, 2020
Category: Osteopathy

While the summer months greet us with the beautiful sunny weather and seem to rejuvenate us, osteopaths notice a drastic change during the winter months. It’s no doubt that having days of more darkness can take a toll on energy levels, but could you be dealing with a vitamin D deficiency?

What is Vitamin D Deficiency?

It’s true that not getting enough sunlight is one of the main reasons for vitamin D deficiencies, and having enough vitamin D is important because it helps our bodies absorb other essential nutrients like calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium. While we can find vitamin D in certain foods, it’s often not enough on its own to provide us with the proper amount of vitamin D. Some signs of vitamin D deficiency are:

  • Feeling exhausted throughout the day
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Being prone to sickness
  • Feeling low or depressed

Many pepole experience these symptoms but have no idea that what they lack is this key and necessary vitamin.

Why See Your Osteopath?

What makes osteopaths different from seeing your general practitioner is that they can dedicate more time during your visit. This means that you get the thorough and individualized care you need and you have enough time to get all questions answered and concerns addressed. Our goal is not to rush you out of the office. We want you to understand your health and what you can do to improve it.

Those with a vitamin D deficiency often have musculoskeletal problems. You may suffer from general pains and soreness or you may be dealing with more specific problems like lower back pain. A vitamin deficiency can easily be detected through a blood test. If your symptoms are indicative of a deficiency then we will recommend that you get blood work.

After you have been diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency this will help us create a more effective treatment plan to tackle your musculoskeletal problems that are due to your vitamin D deficiency and not another issue. We can recommend certain lifestyle modifications that will improve your symptoms and treat your deficiency. Your osteopath can also recommend certain supplements that can ensure that your body gets the amount of vitamin D that it needs to also absorb other vital nutrients that your body requires to stay healthy.

If you feel tired all the time and just have this overall achy feeling then it’s time you talked to an osteopath to find out if your symptoms could be due to a vitamin D deficiency.