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With approximately 1 in 7 Australians experiencing depression in their lifetime, controlling or alleviating symptoms is essential for many people. At Mullen Natural Health Centre, our practitioners focus on finding and successfully treating the cause not just the symptoms.

What is Depression?

Depression is a mental disturbance often characterised by feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, lack of energy and overall feeling of sadness. This mental illness can cause disruption not only to mental and emotional wellbeing, but can have physical consequences as well. Often undiagnosed, depression is more common in women than in men, occurs most frequently between 25 - 44 years of age and may be caused by multiple factors rather than just one issue.

Symptoms

If you experience the following symptoms, you could be suffering from depression:
• Feelings of sadness, unhappiness or hopelessness
• Disturbed sleep (either insomnia or excessive sleeping)
• Lethargic and fatigued
• Irritable or easily frustrated, even by minor things
• Changes in appetite (overeating/weight gain or decrease in appetite/weight loss)
• Poor concentration and/or inability to make decisions
• Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
• Loss of libido
• Sudden bursts of anger

Causes / triggers

There are many things that may cause and/or trigger depression:
• Family history
• Stress triggers
• Dietary triggers
• Medical triggers
• Emotional triggers
• Leaky Gut
• Liver Stress

Naturopathic Approach to Depression Treatment

Our approach at Mullen Natural Heath is to find and treat your individual causes and triggers, then to help manage and reduce the severity of your depression and, ultimately, to help balance your immune system. We will look at the following: Four Filters (Digestive, Liver, Immune and Kidney), medical testing, naturopathic testing, dietary advice, lifestyle advice, supplements and more.

To read the full report with specifics about our approach to treating depression, download the pdf.

If you have any more questions, you can call us to book a FREE 15 minute chat with one of our Naturopaths to see how we can help you. Call now on (02) 4961 4075.

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