I propose an alternative to the DSM-V. Instead of focusing on labeling symptoms, let's move to diagnosing and treating the underlying causes of these symptoms, such as genetics, hormones, nutrition, sleep deprivation, etc. and life stressors, such as divorce, finances... We must not mistake the map (DSM code) for the territory (a person's life and complete medical history)
The NY Times article suggesting not to take your vitamins stands to do harm. The article offers an unbalanced perspective and ignores the current research on the benefit of appropriate doses of specific vitamins when recommended by one's health care practitioner.
Undiagnosed postpartum depression led to panic attacks. Additional mood cycling resulted from hormonal problems with thyroid, adrenal, pancreas, or reproductive glands. Monthly mood cycling may increase the risk of kindling further breakthrough mood episodes of depression and/or anxiety, which would require, if untreated, additional medication/hospitalization
Culture, psychology, lifestyle, attachments, diet, hormones, toxicities, immune function, infection, gastrointestinal function are factors in depression. Is there a single medication that will affect each of these factors?
Vitamin B12 deficiency and its detection have been in the news lately from the New York Times to The Dr. Oz Show. The effects of vitamin B12 deficiency are widespread. Vitamin B12 has a major influence on the function of neurons and also on the ability of the bone marrow to make red blood cells.
Neuronal protection (protection against cognitive decline) requires glutathione peroxidase (a crucial enzyme). R-lipoic acid, vitamin C and omega 3 fatty acids are also critical to neuronal protection.
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