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

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Nearly 15 million American adults suffer from serious depression, according to statistics from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Depression can affect much more than a person’s feelings or their 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

Depression can cause a person’s immune system to stop functioning properly, according to WebMD. This makes the problems associated with depression even worse because it opens up the body to other illnesses. 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

The breakdown of the immune system that occurs during depression is believed to contribute to more serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and even cancer. Researchers are still studying the links between chronic depression and serious illness.

Reducing Symptoms and Overcoming Depression

An important medical and scientific breakthrough in recent years that has shown great signs of treating depression has to do with a coenzyme called NAD. That’s short for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. This is a coenzyme that works with vitamin B3 to activate certain enzymes in the body. A person’s enzymes are responsible for hundreds of biochemical reactions. NAD 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 is a treatment we offer at Emerald Neuro-Recover to help patients with depression. This involves an intravenous treatment that bypasses the digestive system; therefore, these vital enzymes are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. We have seen treatments of NAD+ amino acid therapy directly improve patients’ brain function and increase their energy levels — 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. 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 with 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, contact our office at Emerald Neuro-Recover to set up an appointment.