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Illnesses Associated with Depression

Feeling down because of physical illness is something we've all probably experienced at sometime or other. But clinical depression can be a sign of a whole range of physiological illnesses. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has declared, 'The diagnosis of subclinical [without obvious signs] or clinical hypothyroidism must be considered in every patient with depression." All of these physical conditions are also associated with depression:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Candida (yeast infection)
  • Poor adrenal function
  • Such hormonal disorders as:
  • Cushing's Disease (excessive pituitary hormone production)
  • Addison's disease (low adrenal function)
  • High levels of parathyroid hormone
  • Low levels of pituitary hormones
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Food allergies
  • Heavy metal poisoning (mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, etc.)
  • Selenium toxicity

Infections including:

  • AIDS
  • Influenza
  • Mononucleosis
  • Syphilis (late stage)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Viral pneumonia

Other medical conditions including:

  • Heart problems
  • Lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • Head injury
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Stroke
  • Temporal lope epilepsy
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Liver disease

These drug treatments are also associated with causing depression:

  • Antipsychotic drugs
  • Amphetamines (withdrawal from)
  • Antihistamines
  • Beta-blockers
  • High blood pressure medications
  • Birth control pills
  • Anti-inflammatory agents
  • Corticosteroids (adrenal hormone agents
  • Cimetidine
  • Cycloserine (an antibiotic)
  • Indomethacin
  • Reserpine
  • Vinblastine

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