The Many Faces of Depression - Ever felt sad or empty inside without knowing why? Are there things that used to bring you the pleasure that you just don’t care about anymore? Do you have trouble sleeping? Maybe you sleep too much. Are you often too tired to do even the smallest tasks?
Do you feel anxious or guilty about things you can’t control? Maybe you blame yourself for what you perceive as past failures and it’s affecting your self-esteem. Are you subject to angry outbursts or get irritable and frustrated over little things? Is your state-of-mind affecting your appetite?
Are you losing weight because you don’t feel like eating? Are you gaining weight because you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you have a hard time making decisions or remembering things? Do you have headaches, backaches, all kinds of aches neither you nor your doctor can explain? Do you ever have thoughts of taking your own life?
All these feelings could be placed on a scale that describes depression—from mild to severe.
Everyone feels sad from time to time. It’s part of the human experience. But when the symptoms of depression cause noticeable problems in your day-to-day activities, it’s time to seek help. Antidepressants are the most common treatment for depression. One in every ten Americans twelve years old or older is taking antidepressants, and twenty-six percent of all antidepressants are prescribed to women 40-59! Just as alarming, research shows that less than one-third of the people who take anti-depressants are actually helped by these drugs.
Another third report them partially effective, and one-third report no benefit at all. For some, the side effects are more unpleasant than the depression itself, so they stop taking them. Some antidepressant medications have actually caused an increase in suicidal thoughts and actions. Some turn to psychotherapy for help with depression, even submitting to ECT (electroshock therapy) in extreme cases. So if depression does not come from a drug deficiency or a shortage of electricity to the brain, what causes depression?
The brain is an organ, just like the heart, the liver, kidneys, and colon are all organs. The brain has four primary functions – memory, emotions, thought processes, and cognitive awareness. Every one of those functions can be distorted, altered, or interfered with. How? When you have a thought, an emotion, a memory, or any brain function, it’s not just a spark that goes off in one section of the brain. It travels. It travels from one part of the brain to the brain stem.
Then the brain stem, like the switchboard operator, sends the message to the area of the brain that reads the message. There is one place, and only one place, that the messages in the brain can be interfered with and that is at the brain stem. The brain stem extends down from your skull through the first two bones in the neck, called the Atlas and Axis. If one of those bones is slightly misaligned it can be enough to interfere with the normal messages in the brain.
What does this mean? Well, if you want to express happiness, a happy emotion leaves one area of the brain, travels to the brain stem but at the brain stem, the message gets altered. The happy emotion could get changed to sadness, anxiety, anger, fear, paranoia, or any other emotion. When the area of the brain that receives the emotion gets it, it is something other than what it was intended. This is how a little bone being out of alignment can lead to depression, anxiety, panic attacks. It can cause learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning problems. It can effect memory, thoughts, your psyche, and even lead to suicidal thoughts. At The Upper Cervical Spine Center, we only do one thing.
We check to see if there could be a bone out of the normal position in your neck that could be causing your depression and/or other symptoms. If so we will explain to you what we need to do to correct the cause of your problem. Call our office today to see if Upper Cervical Care can help you with your depression. If you mention this blog you will receive a FREE consultation with the doctor to see what your needs are. Call our office today at 704-588-5560