Depressed? Are You Getting Better?

Depression can make everyday life feel draining.  Low energy and lack of sleep are the most common symptoms of depression we tend to see at Amen Clinics. Quite often, these feelings can stem from your depression medication – and wind up not solving your real problem, which leaves you feeling even more helpless and frustrated. Have you been on antidepressant medications or mood stabilizers, and have seen little to no improvement?

Restlessness and Depression

When people have been on antidepressants and are not getting any better, they tend to have lower energy than normal. This type of fatigue is different for people who just didn’t get enough sleep last night, or do not live healthy lifestyles. This type of energy lag has a flow.

This sort of depression consists of starting your morning feeling groggy and tired. Then by mid-morning, you have a jolt of energy. Around the late afternoon, you are starting to feel extremely worn out. By night time, when you should be falling asleep, you find yourself staying up and unable to rest.

Not only is this cycle toxic to your body but it isn’t helping the depression problem that’s occurring in your body.

Depression and Low Energy Explained

When symptoms occur, a great amount of stress is placed on your body. Over time your poor body begins to secrete a neurohormone called cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone that has been linked to depression.

When your cortisol secretion level is too high, your adrenal glands cannot keep up, resulting in:

  • Rather than normal or too high, your cortisol levels dip low
  • Profound tiredness
  • High sensitivity to stress and feeling overwhelmed
  • Weight gain and possible cravings

Testing Your Cortisol Hormone or Stress Levels

At Amen Clinics, we offer a salivary cortisol test* four times per day (call for locations that offer this test). Unlike most of our human hormones, cortisol levels fluctuate. They go up in the morning and then throughout the day they slowly decrease, making us want to go to sleep by bedtime.

If your stress hormone levels happen to run backward, that is when you’ll feel the effects of stress, low energy, and weight gain.

Optimizing Adrenal Function From Stressors

With this salivary test, we are able to optimize your adrenal gland functions and help your brain stay clear and bright.  Balancing your stress hormones also allows you to lose weight, and keep it off.

We also test you for depression and cortisol levels:

  • Using adaptogen supplements, which help the body adjust to stress.
  • Using adrenal extracts – dried, desiccated adrenal glands from other animals such as pigs. These extracts may revive and rehabilitate your cortisol levels.
  • If neither of these methods help, try an internist. He or she can prescribe medication like Cortef. Cortef is a type of corticosteroid, which can help get your levels up. A corticosteroid is a class of steroid hormone used to respond to low levels of cortisol in response to stress and low blood sugar.

Why It’s Important to Receive a Proper Diagnosis

In Dr. Daniel G. Amen’s book, “Change Your Brain Change Your Life” he refers to how most people struggling with depression are diagnosed by a psychiatrist or other mental health professional who is searching for a “symptom cluster”.

For example, if a patient says they are depressed they are most likely to get a diagnosis of depression and be prescribed antidepressant medication or psychotherapy for depression. However, these diagnostic labels don’t tell us about the underlying biology of these problems. That is why a one-size-fits-all treatment plan for depression, just isn’t realistic. Find a specialist who compassionately comprehends your needs and fears.

If you or a loved one is depressed and not getting any better, you might suggest that cortisol hormones are checked, and full physical. For more expert advice, watch: Amen Clinic’s Live Chat on Facebook or contact us here.

*Salivary tests are not available at all Clinic locations. Please call 888-288-9834.

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  1. Nilesh Bhatt says:

    Nice Information Sir

  2. Jan says:

    I wish you had a clinic in Oklahoma City.

    • Amen Clinics says:

      Hello Jan, we also hope to have a clinic near you! We are expanding to bring clinics to more areas. Stay tuned!

  3. Marg says:

    We live in Canada. Would u be able to send the salivatory tests here?

    • Amen Clinics says:

      Hello Marg, thank you for reaching out. As you are in Canada, the best first step would be to follow-up with your primary care physician about this test in your area. If you’d referrals of practices that follow The Amen Clinics Method, you can call our Care Coordinators at 888-288-9834.

  4. Kathy Dominczak says:

    Diagnosided with endometrial cancer 2 years ago. That’s when my anxiety started. Dr tried several antidepressants. They left me feeling more anxiety. I have been on Xanax 3mg for 2 years. I also take remeron at night 15mg. Then my Husband passed away in October. Feeling sad and heartbroken. I have a loving family and many friends. Feeling more anxious due to loss of my Husband of 44 years. I see a psychiatrist, psychologist and a grief counseling. I still do everything I did in the past, Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, bowling go and work at my church. Am I feeling alone because of the loss of my Husband. They were able to get all my cancer but I did have 6 treatments of chemo for any microscopic cells. I eat and sleep good. Probably from the remeron.

  5. Deborah Lalicata says:

    Hi Dr. Amen:
    Hoping you would have a clinic opening in Massachusetts!….I really want to be able to get the help I need from your clinic!…I have several diagnoses: PTSD. Depression. with high anxiety…I have been on numerous meds over the years and all have stopped working….I will be evaluated for TMS therapy but I know that a PET Scan would be a valuable test for me… thank you. Deborah

  6. Marnie Schember says:

    Any chance you will be opening a clinic in Louisiana? Time frame?

    • Amen Clinics says:

      Hi Marnie, the closest we have to you now is Atlanta and we hope to open a clinic in Texas which would be the next closest. Hopefully we can further expand! Stay tuned!

  7. Brenda says:

    Where is your closest office to Denver Colorado

  8. Janie says:

    It would be great to have a clinic opened near the reknowned Cleveland Clinic., since that brings people from all over the world. Is this a possibility? Do you have any clinic affiliiates overseas?

  9. Anya Liss says:

    What about Israel, where can we get tested?

  10. Scott says:

    Wish you had a clinic in New England. I’m in central NH.
    After more than a year of almost daily workouts, I’ve found it to be working and believe it’s better then any antidepressant I’ve tried in the past 35 years.
    Thanks for all you internet info.

  11. Sheryl says:

    I live near Orlando. Is a Florida clinic in the future,?

  12. Marilyn says:

    Your information could lead to proper diagnosis and help for so many but your inability to accept insurance especially for those who cannot work to be able to afford your fees make your clinic only accessible to the rich and useless to those who are not.

  13. Sylvia maharrey says:

    Do you have a clinic near Memphis, TN ?

  14. jennie snyder says:

    About 40 years ago I saw an “orthomolecular psychiatrist” for depression. He gave injections and pills. The pills were not antidepressants but were related to cortisol levels somehow. The injections were very expensive and I could only afford the pills. The pills, however, took so long… and were large and difficult for me to swallow. I gave up.
    I had friends though that did take the injections . I think it was once a week that they went into the doctor’s office for them. And they worked.
    I went back on Elavil at higher and higher doses and I can see now, looking back, that I became more depressed and tired.

  15. Luz Maria Ortiz Ortega says:

    Contac my.


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