Treatment for Depression; Seasonal Affective Disorder and Nutritional Deficits

By PeggySue Wells:

Treatment for depression should include addressing nutritional deficits. Also, Seasonal Affective Disorder causes depression in some.


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Feeling depressed? Having suicidal thoughts?

According to Dr. Michael Lyles, doctor of psychiatry and neurology at Crawford and Lyles in Georgia, these feelings and thoughts may be symptomatic of physical conditions that are easily remedied.

Our bodies send messages to alert us when something in our system is off balance. Depression can be the symptom of several treatable conditions including:

  • Lack of magnesium
  • Low levels of vitamin B
  • Not enough vitamin D
  • Thyroid imbalance
  • Testosterone below normal levels
  • Iron deficiency
  • Inadequate sleep
  • Poor diet 

Additionally, feelings of depression and thoughts of suicide may be a symptom of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Certainly feelings of depression and thoughts of suicide may be exactly that. A simple step forward is to ask your doctor for a blood test that will quickly show deficiencies and treatment can begin immediately. Correcting these conditions may be all that is necessary.

If your feelings of depression and thoughts of suicide remain, your doctor can help you find additional help.

Don’t wait.

To listen to Lynne Ford interview Dr. Michael Lyles about causes of depression and treatment for depression,  click  HERE.

In that interview (especially the last 3/4 of the interview) Dr. Lyles addresses Seasonal Affective Disorder, nutrition deficits, depression in pregnancy, medication interactions, stress and other causes. He also discusses reluctance in Christians to seek out help for depression and how to find help.

Resource: Moving Beyond Depression by Jantz and McMurray

By Laurie Winslow Sargent:

Moving Beyond Depression


To find the Kindle version of this book, click the photo. Books can also be downloaded to and read on computers via Kindle for PC.

I’m pleased to recommend the book Moving Beyond Depression by Gregory L. Jantz, PH.D. with Ann McMurray (Forward by Abram Hoffer, Publisher: Shaw Books).

This book offers hope and help for those of you who struggle with depression. Here’s some information about the book, from the back cover:

“You may feel as if you will never find a way out of the darkness of depression. Gregory L. Jantz, Ph. D., believes that because people’s paths into depression are uniquely their own, their paths out of depression will be unique as well. In Moving Beyond Depression, he takes an insightful and honest look at the emotional, environmental, relational, physical and spiritual causes of the disease. Here you will find practical help that will lead you to true freedom.”

Author Dr. Jantz is founder and executive director of  The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., which treats people in the Seattle area for mental health illnesses and chemical dependency. His co-author, Ann McMurray, is a freelance writer who has assisted Dr. Janz with various book projects.

At the beginning of this book is a list of symptoms of depression. Some are called Yellow Indicators: signs of depression which could lead to deeper depression. Following that are Red Indicators. If you are struggling with any of the following indicators, we recommend that you get help as soon as possible.

Red Indicators of Serious Depression


  • a significant change in appetite, lasting longer than two weeks, resulting in either marked weight loss (if not dieting) or weight gain
  • recurring disturbances in sleep patterns for longer than two weeks, resulting in difficulty falling and staying asleep or sleeping too much
  • increased agitation or inability to relax for an extended period of time (more than two weeks)
  • fatigue, lethargy, or loss of energy for an extended period of time (more than two weeks)
  • sadness, despondency, despair, loneliness, or feelings of worthlessness for an extended period of time (more than two weeks)
  • inability to concentrate, focus, or make decisions, recurring over a period of time (more than two weeks)
  • recurring thoughts of death or suicide
  • plans for a suicide or an attempt at suicide

We will be excerpting additional material from Moving Beyond Depression for our site, but if you are in danger at this moment of taking your own life, we urge you to call a suicide prevention hotline.

If you are experiencing these Red Indicators and are contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

We hope too that you will find other articles here on our site that will help you and encourage you to keep on going. We care deeply about every person who visits our site and. Although you are anonymous to us, we lift you up in our prayers.

For more information about Dr. Janz and help for depression, visit

Here’s an excellent video with Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, on Depression from Seasonal Affective Disorder:


What is Depression?

By Karen Boerger

My first caregiving role was when my husband was diagnosed with depression.  During his lengthy illness, I struggled to understand the “why” of his despair and spent hours looking for answers to my question, “What is depression?”

We eventually learned that various factors influenced my husband’s depression: sleep apnea, Seasonal Affective Disorder, his parent’s deaths, and work overload.  Any one of those factors would be a cause for sadness, but having all at the same time caused him major trouble.

At some point over 28 years of his becoming depressed, I noticed that every November (as the amount of sunlight decreased) he would began to slowly retreat within himself.  He would close his eyes to the world, stay in bed for long hours and wouldn’t talk except for one word answers to questions. He would cry at times and thought about suicide.

Depression affected each member of the family, not just him. I became a nervous Nellie and hovered over all three of our teenage children as well as my husband. I was the caregiver trying to keep the children’s lives as normal as possible, but it was difficult to do.

We lived on a farm, and my husband was no longer able to take care of the dairy herd and the other livestock.  Our children were often late to school because all the livestock had to be taken care of first. Bless the school principal for his understanding of the situation. Yet even though my husband’s depression was emotionally difficult for all of us; I knew that if I were to lose him to suicide, it would be absolutely devastating.

To gather strength to get through the lonely days, I would read the Bible and pray. God was my constant companion, and I could tell Him anything and everything.  David wrote in Psalm 6 about symptoms of depression:

  • “my soul is greatly troubled”
  • “my bones are in agony”
  • “I am weary with my moaning”
  • “all night long I flood my bed with weeping”
  • “I drench my couch with my weeping”
  • “My eye wastes away because of grief”

WOW!  Even King David suffered from depression!  We can be honest with God even when we are filled with anger or despair because God knows us so well and always wants the best for us.

We Found Hope and Help!

Our family trusted in God, sought help from a Christian psychiatrist, and was supported by our many friends. Medication helped, as well as getting to a sunny place in February, which gives him a boost so he’s able to make it into spring with energy. It’s amazing to me to see the difference in him even now after a couple days in Florida sunlight after a gray Ohio winter.

Today my husband is a thoughtful, loving man with purpose in his life and he enjoys his family. Praise the Lord for the help he received in his time of need.

Had he taken his life, my best friend wouldn’t be sitting in his favorite chair, joking with me, trying to make me laugh, or  able to chat with me about the world situations. He wouldn’t be able to play with our seven grandchildren and enjoy their silly antics. What a loss it would have been for all of us!

For more information about What is Depression? watch this video: