The Editor of PsychCentral, Therese J. Borchard, wrote an interesting article on other human conditions that can be confused and diagnosed as Depression. The story began with a person complaining to their physician about “symptoms of fatigue, guilt, worthlessness, irritability, insomnia, decreased appetite, loss of interest in regular activities, persistent sadness, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide, I am pretty sure he would leave that office with a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and a prescription for Zoloft, Prozac, or another popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). After all, the guy has just cataloged the classic symptoms of clinical depression”.
However, other conditions may have the same symptoms and do not require an antidepressant, here is a list of the most common ones that were stated in the article that can be confused:
1. Vitamin D deficiency
A good doctor will order blood work to see if a patient is low on vitamin D before sending him off with a prescription for Prozac because so many of us are lacking adequate amounts of this critical vitamin. In fact, according to a 2009 study publishing in the Archives of Internal Medicine, as many as three-quarters of U.S. teens and adults are deficient. In Canada 14 studies that revealed a close association between vitamin D levels and depression. Researchers found that low levels of vitamin D corresponded to depression and increased risk of depression.The best source of vitamin D is sunshine, but for those of us with family histories of skin cancer, we have to get it in small pieces because sunscreens prohibit the body from making vitamin D.
Hypothyroidism also is easily mistaken for clinical depression. You feel exhausted, worthless, irritable, and incapable of making a decision. Getting through each day without naps is a major accomplishment.
This one is especially tricky because you can get your thyroid levels checked by an endocrinologist or primary care physician, as I have done for eight years, and walk away believing your thyroid is just fine. The problem pointed is that mainstream medicine relies on only one blood test, TSH, to diagnose thyroid dysfunction and that can’t provide an accurate picture.
3. Low blood sugar
Hunger is a primitive signal known to set off the stress response in us. For people who are predisposed to anxiety and depression, that stress manifests itself as mood changes. Folks who experience yo-yo blood sugar levels on a daily basis are usually insulin-resistant, a precursor to Type 2 diabetes.The good news is that with some simple diet modifications — eating low-carb, high-protein foods every few hours — symptoms abate.
Even mild dehydration can alter a person’s mood. “Our thirst sensation doesn’t really appear until we are 1 [percent] or 2 percent dehydrated. By then dehydration is already setting in and starting to impact how our mind and body perform,” explained Lawrence E. Armstrong, one of the study’s lead scientists and an international expert on hydration. Apparently it didn’t matter if a person had just walked for 40 minutes on a treadmill or was sitting at rest, the cognitive effects from mild dehydration were the same.
5. Food intolerances
Certain foods can trigger inflammation in our bodies just like toxins from the environment. And while some people break out in hives, other folks get sad and anxious and start making plans to exit this earth. Keep a journal to keep track of mood changes and diet.
6. Caffeine withdrawal
What goes up must come down. So that high you get after a shot of espresso isn’t without its consequences. You just don’t associate the anxiety and depression you feel three hours later because you’re on to other things. However, your body going through withdrawal, and for those who are chemically sensitive to all amphetamine-like substances that raise dopamine levels, that withdrawal translates to tears, shaking, panic attacks, and other forms of suffering.
This information was obtained from: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/08/06/6-conditions-that-feel-like-clinical-depression-but-arent/#at_pco=tst-1.0&at_si=53f4bef5448cff42&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=1&at_tot=2 Go to their website to read more if it.