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Lots of people are promoting themselves or their businesses by saying that depression can be cured or relieved by changing diet/nutrition, taking vitamins or taking medication for conditions such as thyroid problems. They throw in lots of examples of patients whose depression was supposedly caused by physical issues and then cured by attacking that rather than mental issues. They also offer cures and tests that vary from £10 for some vitamins up to £4,000 for a battery of tests and consultations with a psychiatrist and a nutritionist.
I can, though, find neither non-biassed assessments nor independent reviews to tell me whether I'd be wasting my time and money trying to find out if they can cure the tiredness that my depression leaves me with. Although £4,000 is a lot of money there are times I'd gladly pay it for even a short period of relief, but it's a lot of money to pay out blind. I also don't want to badger my GP for tests that would be a waste of time and effort (I pass the standard set of blood tests that go with cholesterol checks).
Has anyone cured themselves by a special diet or identified a physical cause of their depression? Can anyone recommend any tests, organization or reference (I have a copy of 'Depression Free Naturally" by Joan Larson that i struggle with as it is too orientated to the USA)?
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