Many of the same symptoms that lead to the diagnosis and treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) might actually signify an entirely different physical condition, requiring much different treatment. One condition that looks and feels like clinical depression is vitamin D deficiency. Researchers found that low levels of vitamin D corresponded to depression, and increased risk of depression. The best source of vitamin D is sunshine, but dietary supplements are readily available. Hypothyroidism and low blood sugar are also conditions easily mistaken for clinical depression, and relatively easy conditions to treat. The symptoms of dehydration can also mimic depression, and even mild dehydration can alter a person’s mood.
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