Are you considering DHEA for depression? Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue and think this may be related to your depression? New clinical researches show that hormonal supplementation or doses of DHEA has the ability to relieve or treat moderate level depression in both men and women.
DHEA and your adrenals may be a key factor in what is causing your depression.
However, researchers and chronic depression specialist physicians recommends that patients should not consider DHEA supplements as a first option as there may be more effective and efficient medication available to treat depression. One should always consider causal factors and try to get the whole picture of what is causing the depression in the first place.
Some studies indicate that DHEA hormone supplements may reduce depression levels and related symptoms by as much as 50%, which is quite remarkable. Still, as long as your are only reducing symptoms and not dealing with cause, you may find yourself running in circles…
DHEA Benefits for Depression Treatment
DHEA is classified as a steroid hormone which is naturally produced in the human body. DHEA also has its own biological function to work as a precursor for other hormones like testosterone and estrogen.
So how does DHEA relate to the treatment of depression? Well, in many people the prime factor involved with the rising level of chronic depression is because the overall body stress level also increases and aligned with this you can in most cases also see fluctuations of low and high levels of DHEA hormone production in our body.
The key to understanding DHEA and depression is that DHEA is produced in the adrenal glands. The adrenals also produce the body’s main stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin, and as the adrenals wear out from too much stress, it’s ability to produce DHEA will also decline.
With age, the level of DHEA hormone tend to decrease, and lower DHEA levels will also make us more vulnerable to stress. Among other things, this may lead to chronic fatigue syndrome and emotional behavioral changes which are often part of what we experience together with depression. It may even be that the fatigue caused by low DHEA levels is confused with depression all together.
Most of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue that relates to mood and low energy are also symptoms of depression. A doctor with limited knowledge of adrenal fatigue may very well label these symptoms as depression without understanding that the cause and key to proper treatment lies in stimulating the hormonal balance. Antidepressants will surely not make your DHEA levels go up. If you are on antidepressants you may want to get a second opinion by a practitioner with experience on hormones and particularly adrenals and adrenal fatigue.
You should always seek a doctors advice before trying supplementing with DHEA. hogh dosages of DHEA may create an imbalance in the natural hormone system, and there may be side effects. A natural approach with adaptogen herbs or treatment that seeks to stimulate the natural hormone production may be safer if you want to try this on your own.