If you don’t treat the actual cause of most medical conditions, then either it is going to heal on its own or it is going to get worse.   However, it is often difficult to properly diagnose the actual cause.  This is particularly true when a person is complaining of being anxious or depressed.  The reason is that anxiety and depression can be symptoms of a number of medical conditions.  Most commonly, anxiety and depression are symptoms of endocrine problems. However, these can also be symptoms of dehydration and even amino acid, vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Fortunately, there are blood tests that can be used to diagnose if the anxiety or depression is caused by a physical or organic problem.  These tests will show an experienced medical doctor if the patient has a particular endocrine problem or dehydration or amino acid, vitamin or mineral deficiencies.   The diagnosis is more complicated than simply ordering the tests and comparing the results with the reference scales provided by the lab.  These reference scales are really averages and may not be a good indicator of an actual problem.

For example, some lab reference scales indicate that thyroid stimulating hormone test (TSH) of 4.0 is acceptable.  However, many medical doctors who specialize in endocrine problems believe that a TSH level of 2.5 indicates that more extensive testing needs to be done.  If the medical doctor accepts the lab’s reference scale, then it is possible that a thyroid problem could be missed.  Often, it is recommended that additional thyroid tests are done so that there is less of a chance that a thyroid problem will not be diagnosed. Undiagnosed, a thyroid problem that might have been easily treated can becomes much more difficult to treat.  Additionally, if the cause of the anxiety or depression is actually the thyroid, then the treatment prescribed may be an antidepressant or other drug that will not treat the actual problem but will likely cause other unwanted conditions.

Many specialists in treating endocrine problems will first attempt to use a combination of amino acids, diet, vitamins and minerals to see if they can get the thyroid to begin working in the proper manner.  If the thyroid does not respond to this treatment protocol, then it may be necessary to use replacement hormones.

If a vitamin or mineral deficiency or dehydration is diagnosed from the blood tests, then the preferred treatment is to use intravenous therapy containing the proper balance of electrolytes, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

If the actual medical cause is found and properly treated, in most cases the condition will improve or be healed.  This will result in no further feelings of anxiety or depression and better health.  In addition, if you have been misdiagnosed and are taking an unneeded drug, like an antidepressant, you can be slowly titrated (tapered) off the drug.

You should never stop taking any prescription drug unless you are under the care of a medical doctor.