10 Conditions that Feel Like Clinical Depression but Require Different Treatment
Suppose that you go to your doctor and complain of fatigue, guilt, worthlessness, irritability, insomnia, decreased appetite, loss of interest in regular life activities, persistent sadness, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide, you would probably leave your doctor’s office with the diagnosis of depression, and a prescription for Zoloft, Prozac, or another anti-dpressant drug.
But is this *always* the right diagnosis for such symptoms?
The answer is: NO!
Those same symptoms belong to a variety of other conditions that require treatments other than antidepressants and psychotherapy.
They may certainly look and feel like clinical depression to the outsider, but they require a different way of treatment.
Here are 10 conditions that might show the same symptoms as clinical depression:
1. Vitamin D deficiency
3. Low blood sugar
5. Food intolerance
6. Caffeine withdrawal
7. Some medications
8. Iron deficiency
9. Lack of sleep
10. Heavy Metal Poisoning
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Alyaa Gad is an Egyptian medical doctor, graduated at the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo. After having worked with UNICEF in the healthcare-deprived areas of Upper Egypt, Alyaa decided to study health education in The Netherlands. She worked as a medical researcher and lecturer at several Dutch institutes, before settling down in Switzerland. She currently works in a general medicine clinic. In her free time, she works as an abstract artist in her studio. Alyaa is married and has two sons.
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