Is Depression a Disease?

What is depression, and could it be related to your physical health? Here’s what I think.

Timestamps

0:00​ Is depression really an illness?
0:10​ Symptoms of major depressive disease
1:26​ What objective test is there for major depressive disease?
1:44​ Factors that may be more objective
4:10​ Take the free immune system course
In this video, we’re going to talk about depression—is depression really an illness? If so, in what part of the body is the problem located? And what objective test can show if there is something wrong with the body?
Someone is diagnosed with major depressive disease if they check off 5 or more of the following, but those 5 or more have to include #1 and #2:

  1. Depressive mood
  2. Decreased interest in pleasure
  3. An increase or decrease in appetite or weight
  4. Increased or decreased sleep
  5. Fatigue
  6. Feeling of worthlessness/inappropriate guilt
  7. Decreased ability to concentrate
  8. Agitation or retardation
  9. Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
    Why are we not looking at other factors that may be more objective, such as:
    • Poor diet
    • Low vitamin D
    • Low testosterone
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Low vitamin B1
    • Not getting enough sleep
    • Fatigue from Lyme disease, EBV, other viruses, or anemia
    • Chronic pain and inflammation
    Is depression really a disease? Let me know in the comments what you think

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