All people go through periods of life when they feel profoundly sad in response to a difficult or traumatic event. The death of a loved one, loss of a job, relationship challenges, or a health crisis may cause momentary feelings of despair before the person learns how to cope with the problem more effectively. Clinical depression, on the other hand, often doesn’t have an obvious cause. It can occur due to a variety of internal issues, such as vitamin deficiency, unbalanced chemicals in the brain, thyroid disease, or even taking certain medications.

Poor nutrition is another common cause of clinical depression. When a person doesn’t receive adequate vitamins and nutrients from his or her diet, it causes a lack of energy that can lead to fatigue and discouragement. The ingestion of toxins from food and the environment can also be harmful to mental health. Some of the most common toxins implicated in depression include pesticides, lead, mercury, ethyl alcohol, and carbon disulfide.

Common symptoms of clinical depression include:

  • Prolonged feelings of sadness unrelated to life’s circumstances
  • Hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Lack of enjoyment from activities that used to bring pleasure
  • Fatigue, restlessness, and/or irritability
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Overeating or not eating enough
  • Physical pain, particularly headaches and stomach issues
  • Thoughts of self-harm, death, or suicide

IV Therapy as an Alternative Treatment for Depression

Although anti-depressant medication can help alleviate the most troubling symptoms of depression, many people are leery of the potential side effects they cause. In some cases, these can include increased agitation and suicidal ideation before the body adjusts to the dosage. Another drawback of anti-depressants is that they can take several weeks to start working. Unfortunately, a depression sufferer’s symptoms may reach the point of a life-threatening crisis by that point.

IV Therapy for depression utilizes several nutrients already proven effective to enhance mood. The patient receives these nutrients through a needle and tube that are connected to a bag containing them. Some of the most effective nutrients included in IV Therapy for depression include:

Vitamin C

  According to the Mayo Clinic, people with a Vitamin C deficiency frequently feel depressed and fatigued. It only makes sense that providing the body with the Vitamin C it lacks can improve these conditions. This vitamin is available in most fruits and vegetables, but many people don’t eat enough of them to realize the mood-enhancing benefit.

Vitamin B

The Mayo Clinic also states that this vitamin is instrumental in producing brain chemicals that affect mood as well as other brain functions. Some people lack Vitamin B due to poor dietary choices while others have medical conditions that prevent their bodies from absorbing it. Crohn’s disease and celiac disorders are especially known for causing Vitamin B deficiencies.

Glutathione

Having adequate levels of this nutrient provides a natural detoxifying effect for the body. Glutathione is a tripeptide consisting of three amino acids. These include L-cysteine, L-glutamate, and glycine. The liver produces glutathione naturally, but it can be damaged or destroyed by free radicals that form in the body due to a variety of metabolic processes. Oxidative stress due to the presence of free radicals is a significant contributor to depression and other mental health issues.

IV Therapy can be used as the primary way to treat depression or in conjunction with counseling, medication, and lifestyle changes.

Anti-depressants can be a half-measure. To find relief from depression and live a happier and healthier life, contact an Intravenous Therapy Specialist.