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DEPRESSION
Depression is one of the most common medical conditions in this country, affecting an estimated 17 million Americans every year.  Depression is a whole-body illness, one that involves the body, nervous system, moods, thoughts, and behavior.  It affects the way you eat, lose/gain weight, sleep, feel about yourself, and react to people and events around you.

People with depression often experience the desire or need to withdraw from their friends, family, and overall environment.  They can lose interest in things around them and become incapable of experiencing pleasure.

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of depression commonly include fatigue, insomnia, headaches, changes in weight, digestive disorders, restlessness, irritability, quickness to anger, loss of interest in once pleasurable things, and feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy.
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The cause of depression varies by person.  Depression may be hereditary or triggered by tension, stress, a traumatic life event, a loss of a loved one, chemical imbalances in the brain, thyroid disorders, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, lack of exercise, or even allergies.
Food greatly influences the brain's behavior.  A poor diet, particularly one with an abundance of "junk" food, processed food, and hydrogenated fats, is a common cause of depression.  The levels of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, are controlled by what we eat and are closely linked to our regular diet.
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