Over the last few weeks, I have seen many patients who have felt good but suddenly experience depression. If you have experience this, old layers of depression are rising to the surface which create bio chemical changes in the body.
During a lifetime, many individuals who experience depression have often been told “it’s all in your head” or “ Just stop thinking sad thoughts”. It’s not that simple.
There is a science behind depression. There are certain genes that code on how we handle depression. The genes MTHFR, MAO-A and MAO-B are major players in the balance of depression.
Your body spends all day breaking down and recycling hormones and neurotransmitters. Genes are basically enzymes that help to break down these Chemical substances.
If you have a variant or mutation in these genes it can cause dopamine or serotonin to not be broken down and recycled properly. If the gene has a mutation, it will continue to code for this continuous imbalanced cycle.
Your gene coding cannot be changed, but the expression of the gene can. For example, since the gene is mutated, the body needs certain nutrients to perform the proper enzymatic function of that particular gene.
Certain minerals, vitamins, amino acids, proteins, and essential fatty acids are needed throughout the body to support mutated genes. Genetic testing such as myhappygenes.com or Genova labs are great places to start to find out your genetic code. They also give you nutrient recommendations to start to mend and heal your genetic expression. These are the roots of depression and they can be helped.