Depression [RECORDING]


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Depression is on the most common mental health problems in the UK and is the leading cause of disability worldwide with around 350 million people affected by depression according to World health Association statistics.

We can all experience feelings of low mood from time to time, especially when under stress or after loss / bereavement but for some people these feelings can persist and become a chronic problem, interfering with day-to-day living and their enjoyment of life.

There are many factors involved in the onset and development of depression and anxiety where our moods and emotions are influenced by a delicate interplay of brain chemicals and hormones, which in turn are influenced by the foods we eat, our lifestyles, and our digestive health.[1]

Join Dr Elisabeth Philipps, clinical neuroscientist, as she discusses the latest research in to pain and how to manage these conditions through a systems-orientated, whole-person centred approach. Topics that will be discussed include:

Identifying the root cause of depression states from Seasonal Affective Disorder, adolescent and post-natal depression; viruses and infections

Neurotransmitter imbalances in depression, including serotonin, and dopamine, and how they regulate our moods and the potential role (or not) they play in depression

Physiological disorders and biochemical imbalances that can cause depression such as hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, blood sugar imbalances, chronic inflammation and food allergy

The link between digestive health and mental wellbeing; the “gut-brain” connections in depression

Functional nutrition approach to supporting mental health including role of the diet, use of 5-HTP, omega 3 essential fatty acids, Vitamin D, choline, B vitamins and magnesium

[1] Opie RS, Itsiopoulos C, Parletta N, Sanchez-Villegas A, Akbaraly TN, Ruusunen A, Jacka FN. Dietary recommendations for the prevention of depression. Nutr Neurosci. 2017 Apr;20(3):161-171.