Depression is one of the most common types of mental disorders, affecting about 340 million people worldwide. Interestingly, about half of all cases of depression go undiagnosed and untreated, yet depression is the most treatable form of mental illness. Depression occurs in all age groups, social classes and cultures. It is far more common in women, affecting 25 per cent of women versus about 10 per cent of men. Additionally, depression also affects one out of every 20 teenagers.
This disease is a common constellation of symptoms including sad mood and/or decreased interest in normal activities that used to bring pleasure along with other symptoms, such as suicidal thoughts, poor energy, poor concentration and appetite or sleep disturbance. The depressive symptoms last long enough and are disabling enough to prevent normal functioning, affects approximately 6% of the world’s population each year, and is one of the most expensive diseases in the world in terms of lost productivity.
Lifestyle modification like good sleep hygiene, exercise, and eating well can be extremely helpful and likely preventative, but unfortunately, since depression tends to rob you of motivation and energy, it’s not always easy to implement these strategies in someone who is already very ill. What is needed is something with low side effect potential that would hopefully treat an underlying nutritional or metabolic deficit that could help the person get better without the need for the more dangerous, expensive, and time-consuming treatment or at least make the person feel better enough so that therapy and lifestyle modification can be implemented more successfully.
Supplements commonly studied for the treatment of depression over the years to help the body along the way with either energy production, reducing inflammation, making neurotransmitters, or helping tone down the stress response system, these supplements include fish oil, zinc, creatine, vitamin D3, vitamin C, mixed amino acids, inositol, magnesium, etc.
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