Medical Conditions underlying (cause) Depression


Medical Conditions underlying (cause) Depression

There are a number of medical conditions that can mimic/cause the symptoms associated with Depression.  When you begin treatment, it is in your best interest to have a physical exam and blood work drawn to rule out or discover any underlying causes.  Others tests may include brain images or EEGs.

A diagnosis of the Depression alone considers factors such as the chemicals in the brain, learned behaviors, belief systems, environment, etc. when developing a treatment plan.

If there is an additional medical condition that is underlying the Depression, the treatment plan would include or solely target the underlying cause.

Depression can co-exist with a major illness or is a reaction to the illness.

Here is a list of some underlying medical conditions to consider:

  • Hypothyroidism (Low) levels of the thyroid hormone
  • Hyperthyroidism (High) levels of the thyroid hormone
  • Sleep disorders:  Insomnia, Sleep apnea
  • Vitamin Deficiencies (Low Levels):  B12, Iron (Anemia), Vitamin D
  • Alcohol use or abuse
  • Chronic Infections
  • Degenerative Diseases:  Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease
  • Structural brain:  Stroke, Brain Tumor or Multiple Sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cancer:  Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Some Medications can cause the side effect of Depression:
    • most blood pressure medications:  beta-blockers, reserpine, lopressor, tenormin and coreg
    • heart:  digitoxin (crystodigin) and digoxin (lanoxin)
    • calcium-channel blockers:  calan, cardizem, tiazac, and procardia
    • hormones:  progesterone and estrogen (premarin and prempro)
    • birth control:  norplant
    • oral steroids:  prednisone
    • pain medications/opioids:  codeine, morphine, demerol, darvocet, percodan, and oxycontin
    • barbiturates:  phenobarbital and secobarbital
    • anti-anxiety/tranquilizers/benzodiazepines:  ativan, dalmane, halcion, klonopin, librium, valium, and xanax
    • over the counter nighttime cold remedies
    • fluoroquinolone antibiotics:  cipro and floxin
    • cancer treatment:  interferon alfa
    • lower cholesterol/statins:  mevacor, zocor, pravachol, lescol, and lipitor
    • virus:  zovirax
    • anticonvulsants:  celontin and zarontin
    • treat acne:  accutane
    • alcoholism:  antabuse
Talk with your health care provider to discover or rule out a possible cause of the depression.

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1 Comment
  • depressed

    Awesome article.

    November 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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