If you have hyperthyroidism and suffer from depression, then you might benefit from natural hyperthyroid treatment methods. Although depression is more prevalent in people with hypothyroidism, people with hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease can also become afflicted with this condition. A high percentage of these people will be told to take anti-depressant drugs by their medical doctor, which frequently is necessary to manage the symptoms. However, this is only a temporary solution, and the ultimate goal should be to eliminate the underlying cause of the problem.
When someone with hyperthyroidism presents with depression, most of the time their medical doctor will recommend for the person to take anti-depressant drugs. As I just mentioned, taking prescription drugs to manage the symptoms is important, but these drugs won't do anything for the actual cause of the condition. Sometimes taking antithyroid drugs will help to regulate the thyroid hormone levels, and can help with the symptoms of depression.
The Key Is To Cure The Cause Of Hyperthyroidism
When depression is due to hyperthyroidism, using prescription drugs to manage the symptoms may be necessary, but the goal should be to restore the person's health back to normal. And while most endocrinologists label hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease as being incurable, many people with a hyperthyroid condition can have their health restored back to normal by following a natural hyperthyroid treatment protocol.
Such a protocol will usually involve changes in certain lifestyle factors, including eating better, getting sufficient sleep, doing a better job of managing your stress, as well as taking certain nutritional supplements and/or herbs. It's definitely not an easy protocol to follow, but if it will help eliminate your symptoms of depression, and at the same time allow you to avoid taking antithyroid drugs for a prolonged period of time, and/or receiving radioactive iodine, then it's usually well worth the commitment.
In order to determine whether or not you're a candidate for natural hyperthyroid treatment methods, I recommend consulting with a competent natural endocrine doctor. Such a doctor will not only look at your thyroid blood tests, but will most likely recommend additional tests as well to help determine the underlying cause of your hyperthyroid condition. Then if this doctor feels they can help you, they will recommend a natural treatment protocol to help restore your health back to normal.
Can Certain Nutritional Supplements And Herbs Help With Depression?
There are specific nutritional supplements and herbs which can help with depression. However, while they might be a more natural option when compared to prescription drugs, one needs to keep in mind that these too are usually temporary solutions. So while it might be fine to take certain supplements or herbs on a temporary basis to manage the symptoms, just remember the goal is to get to the underlying cause of the condition.
Also, not all of the supplements and herbs I'll be listing below are effective in helping with moderate and severe depression. If you have severe depression then it's probably best to consult with your medical doctor, and it might be a good idea to take the anti-depressants on a temporary basis until the natural treatment methods kick in (assuming this is the path you decide to take)
In any case here are a few supplements and herbs that can potentially help with depression:
St. John's Wort. There is a good chance you're familiar with this herb, as many people take St. John's Wort to manage the symptoms of depression naturally. In most cases this herb won't be effective for severe cases of depression.
5-HTP. This is a precursor to serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter which can help combat depression. While this can be effective in managing the symptoms of depression, there have been questions regarding its safety.
Tryptophan. Just as is the case with 5-HTP, some health experts also question the safety of Tryptophan. This can help manage the symptoms of depression by increasing the production of serotonin.
GABA. This amino acid can help with depression by inducing a feeling of relaxation and calmness. It can also help with anxiety issues as well.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids. A lot of people take omega 3 fatty acids these days, as they have a lot of health benefits, specifically for cardiovascular health. But fatty acids also are important with regards to proper brain function, and taking them along with other supplements or herbs may help to manage the symptoms of depression. On the other hand, taking omega 3 fatty acids alone probably won't do much to help with your symptoms.
In summary, many people with hyperthyroidism who are also suffering from depression can have their symptoms eliminated through a natural thyroid treatment protocol. While you might need to take prescription drugs on a temporary basis to manage your symptoms, the ultimate goal should be to restore your health back to normal, which is possible with many people who have hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease.