We all feel low sometimes, especially in the face of negative events, but depression as a condition needing treatment is a state of ongoing low mood irrespective of circumstances that can lead to feelings of pessimism, despair and an inability to cope. People with depression suffer in many areas of their lives, and it interferes with their ability to work, sleep, eat well and enjoy once pleasurable activities.
Symptoms can include:
- Depressed mood lasting longer than two weeks
- Diminished interest or pleasure in favourite activities
- Loss of appetite or increased appetite
- Insomnia or over-sleeping
- Feeling restless or agitated
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feeling worthless
- Reduced concentration
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
How do we treat depression or depressive moods?
At the Marion Gluck Clinic we see many patients who have been diagnosed as being depressed and are looking to find out whether there is an underlying hormonal imbalance to explain their change in mood.
Hormonal imbalance is a major contributor to mood disorders. We go through many hormonal fluctuations in our lives, especially during puberty, pregnancy, the postnatal period and the menopause. It is easy to understand that these fluctuations, possibly leading to imbalances, may contribute to ‘low mood’ or depression.
At the Marion Gluck Clinic we take a comprehensive patient history in order to evaluate the full picture. We want to get to know our patients and this includes a full medical history plus appropriate tests and information about lifestyle and personal circumstances. If a hormone imbalance is diagnosed, a bespoke treatment plan of bio-identical hormones is prescribed, and effective teamwork between the doctor and patient initiated to achieve optimum results.