Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Can an Overactive Immune System Cause Depression?

With my crazy allergies to dust, grass and gluten, I'm well aware of the dangers of an overactive immune system. However, did you know for some people, an overactive immune system has caused them rheumatoid arthritis,
multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease? These are all disorders that make people more susceptible to depression!

Apparently, Cytokines are the culprit. They are released by the immune system in response to attacks from viruses, bacteria and parasites. However, cytokines also pass the brain barrier, which can trigger depression in those most susceptible. Knowing this, researchers are exploring new forms of effective treatment. One such researcher suggests preventive screenings to detect this depression.

In addition, recent research published in the journal Arthritis Care and Research shows levels of depression and anxiety in people with severe rheumatoid arthritis are higher than once believed. The results once again suggests routine screenings for depression should be conducted for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other disorders caused by constant immune response.

Here's a link to a popular book on how to help the functionality of your immune system using natural methods. The book is called The Immune System Cure: Optimize Your Immune System in 30 Days-The Natural Way!