How Depression Impacts Your Physical Health and What You Can Do About It

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How depression impacts physical health is more common than you may think. Nearly 15 million American adults suffer from serious depression. this is according to statistics from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Depression can affect much more than a person’s feelings or mood. It can have major impacts on their physical health as well.

The good news is that as we learn more about methods for treating depression, the symptoms become more manageable. Our goal at Emerald Neuro-Recover is to help our neighbors in Carmel and the surrounding area to overcome their battles with depression, addiction, and other problems.

How Depression Impacts Physical Health

how-does-depression-impact-your-physical-healthDepression affects many areas of the body. This makes the problems associated with depression even worse because it opens up the body to other illnesses. Depression can cause a person’s immune system to stop functioning properly, according to WebMD. To put it simply, you’re more likely to get sick when you’re depressed. Here are some of the most common physical symptoms that impact people with depression:

  • Chronic, long-lasting fatigue
  • Increased aches and pains throughout the body
  • Lowered libido
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lack of good sleep or too much sleep

Reducing Symptoms and Overcoming Depression

The best way to overcome depression is to reduce the symptoms. There are many associated with clinical depression. Understanding these and paying attention to them is critical. The breakdown of the immune system that occurs during depression is believed to contribute to more serious conditions including;

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • arthritis
  • cancer

Researchers are still studying the links between chronic depression and serious illness.

Medical Break Through NAD Amino Acid Therapy Treats Depression

NAD amino acid therapy treats depression and is effective in drug and alcohol addiction treatment. This is an important medical and scientific breakthrough in recent years. It’s shown great signs of treating depression by addressing a coenzyme called NAD. That’s short for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide.

This is a coenzyme associated vitamin B3 to activate critical enzymes in the body. A person’s enzymes are responsible for hundreds of biochemical reactions. NAD+ amino acid therapy is involved with more enzymatic reactions than any other coenzyme. Poor health habits can cause the body to produce fewer NADs, and we also produce fewer as we age. Therefore, NAD is believed to be directly related to a person’s physical and neurological health. Without it, a person may be more susceptible to depression.

NAD Amino Acid Therapy Treats the Impact of Depression

Emerald Neuro recover is one of only a few outpatient drug rehab centers that provide NAD+ amino acid therapy. This is a non-evasive intravenous treatment bypassing the digestive system. this allows these vital enzymes to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. We have seen treatments directly improve patients’ brain function and increase their energy levels. these are two key components to overcoming depression. This therapy helps with pain reduction and stress reduction while decreasing anxiety and depression.

Although NAD+ amino acid therapy is highly effective, it is not a “silver bullet” for depression. You still have to take additional steps in your own recovery. Interacting and socializing with others outside of a work context is important for your overall well-being. We encourage the benefits of 12-step programs after addiction treatment for all of our clients.

In addition, regular exercise can help to reduce the effects of depression, even if it’s just a 20-minute walk around the block. Sunlight and fresh air really do help. Talk to your therapist about additional ways to overcome depression. If you’ve been living with depression and want to take that first step toward leading the healthier life that you deserve. give us a call today at (317) 606-8778  to set up an appointment.