DEPRESSION Signs and Symptoms that Reveal the Underlying Cause

DEPRESSION Signs and Symptoms that Reveal the Underlying Cause

Are you wondering if there’s a physical
or biochemical cause to your depression? Today I’m going to discuss a simple trick
that I use with my clients. I’m going to show you 5 physical signs and
symptoms that your body may have. If you have these physical signs- it’s your
body giving you a clue on what’s out of balance, and what could be causing your depression,
and it’s also relevant to anxiety. If you haven’t met me before I’m Dr Janelle
Sinclair, and I’m a biochemist and natural medicine practitioner. On this YouTube channel we discuss natural
remedies for depression and anxiety. So let’s get into 5 signs and symptoms that
can reveal common causes of depression. Signs and symptoms #1: Short Eyebrows. Short eyebrows known as the hertoghue sign
is a physical sign that indicates that you may have low thyroid function, also called
hypothyroidism. Depression is one possible symptom of hypothyroidism. Other symptoms of low thyroid function include
Fatigue, Cold extremities, Cold intolerance, Weight gain, Constipation, and Dry skin. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland
that wraps around the lower front of the neck and esophagus. The thyroid gland makes thyroid hormones,
and these hormones help control our metabolism as well as growth and development. In hypothyroidism, our body does not produce
enough thyroid hormones, and this can cause depression. Moving on to depression signs and symptoms
#2 Tremour The physical sign of tremour, or your hands
quivering involuntarily, can show you another cause of depression. It can suggest vitamin B12 deficiency or low
blood sugars. Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin that plays
a role in the nervous system and is key for good mood and energy levels. Vitamin B12 deficiency signs include tremour,
numbness or tingling in hands, legs or feet, difficulty walking or balance problems, anemia,
a swollen or inflamed tongue, memory loss, fatigue, depression and anxiety. This vitamin deficiency is significant. Scientific studies show that a deficiency
in this vitamin can cause psychosis. In a case study I was reading, they said that
antipsychotic medications couldn’t help a man with psychosis, but by giving him vitamin
B12 supplementation, because he was deficient, he fully recovered. If you struggle with tremour, and your vitamin
B12 levels are optimal, then I suggest that you look into low blood sugars. I have a video on that topic that you’ll
want to check out. Depression signs and symptoms #3: white dots
in the fingernails. White dots in the fingernails can be a sign
of zinc deficiency. Zinc is really important for mental health. A zinc deficiency is found in ADHD, autism,
alcoholism and dyslexia, as well as depression and anxiety. Other symptoms of a zinc deficiency include
frequent coldsores, a reduced sense of smell and taste, acne, poor wound healing, low immunity,
and also skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. If you have any of these symptoms, I suggest
that you check out my video on zinc and anxiety. It’s a comprehensive video that covers signs
and symptoms, testing and supplementation. If you’re finding these symptoms intriguing,
download my signs and symptoms checklist. There’s over 29 physical signs that your
body may be giving you, that can show you what it may be lacking, and therefore what’s
causing your depression or anxiety. Depression signs and symptoms #4: Dry or Rough
Skin Dry skin can reveal that low thyroid function
or omega 3 deficiencies could be causing your depression. We’ve discussed low thyroid function already,
so if you have this symptom take another look at hypothyroidism. Omega 3 deficiencies are another reason for
dry rough skin, and depression. An omega 3 deficiency is also associated with
ADHD, poor memory, and dementia. It’s found in allergies, asthma, autoimmune
conditions, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, as well as Cardiovascular disease. Omega 3’s are a class of essential fatty acids. They are called essential because the body
cannot make or store them, and therefore it is essential that we supply these valuable
nutrients to the body through our diet. The brain is more than 60% fat. So it should come as no surprise that a deficiency
in fat, specifically omega 3 is involved in depression and other mental health conditions. Check out my video on omega 3 and depression,
to find out about omega 3 supplements and how much you should take for depression. Depression signs and symptoms #5: Nausea. Now many people think that nausea is just
a symptom of their anxiety. But the fact is that this symptom may reveal
the underlying cause of your anxiety or depression. There’s 2 causes of nausea that I always
investigate number number 1- a vitamin B6 deficiency and 2- poor gut health. Vitamin B6 deficiency is quite common. Vitamin B6 is used to treat PMS, morning sickness
in pregnancy and can help prevent depression in women who take the oral contraceptive pill. If you have nausea and have PMS, depression
or anxiety, I suggest that you trial some vitamin B6. Now as I said poor gut health can be another
cause of nausea. And naturopaths have always said that all
health, including mental health begins in the gut. So if you have digestive symptoms such as
bloating, diarrhea, constipation, tummy pain, reflux in addition to nausea, I encourage
you to investigate your gut health further. I have a video on brain fog and gut health
that I’ll link up here, that you should definitely watch. I will also be bringing out a video in a couple
of weeks time on gut health and mental health, which I’ll link here when it becomes available. If there’s any questions you’d like me
to cover on gut health and mental health in my upcoming video be sure to write them in
the comment section below. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you in
the next video.


  • Dr Janelle Sinclair says:

    Do you have any questions about gut health and mental health?

  • A S says:

    Thank you for your very informative videos. I would be interested to know what you think about glutamate intolerance and histamine intolerance. Glutamate as an antagonist to GABA seems to me an important topic. Unfortunately, everywhere in our diet there is Glutamat, which is also a histamine liberator (and also histamine and histamine liberators). Both (glutamate as well as histamine) can increase a hyperarousal (with insomnia, anxiety, etc.) … Sorry for my english. Greetings from Zurich

  • Jessica Meutia says:

    Great Video Dr Janelle😊, hope to see your next video about IBS diarhoea and mental health.

  • Asco Corp. says:

    I have all this symptoms except white dots on fingernails, plus fatigue, paliness, dizziness

  • Deena sweeting says:

    Hi dr janelle I have anxiety and depression which I have had for sixteen years . I am being on a lot of antidepressants which didn’t help only made it worse and gained a lot of weight from them so now I am off the antidepressants and looking for some all natural supplements that treats anxiety and depression and I just wanted to know what you would recommend.

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