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Re: Depression and Gum Disease 49er

Posted by SLS on December 31, 2008, at 7:49:13

In reply to Re: Depression and Gum Disease, posted by 49er on December 31, 2008, at 5:30:42

> Frankly, I am tired of depression being blamed for every disease known to mankind.

It isn't, but it does seem to be associated with quite a few. The chronic elevation in cortisol secretion alone can be blamed for a plethora of ailments. The brain controls or influences the function of every system in the body.

Depression -> Stress -> Physiological Changes

I have never had chronic xerostomia, whether idiopathic or drug-induced. I just know that they bleed a hell of a lot more when I am feeling worse and then subsides when I am feeling better - changes that can occur over the course of days and sometimes only hours. Perhaps the physiology here has more to do with serotonin function and platelet activity. I have been observing a gamut of changes in my body for over 23 years after learning that I had a brain disorder. I was in a unique position to observe my bodily functions as they occurred in two disparate mood states. I cycled between depression and normothymia every 11 days (8days of severe depression followed by 3 days of normothymia).

I can have no comment on how your doctors treated you, of course, but I have seen some psychiatrists leave out some pretty important diagnostic testing to rule out other explanations for the observed symptomology. Sometimes they don't even screen patients that well, and rely on a patient's recall of their history. I don't see too many doctors giving mood questionaires or other psychometric exams anymore.

- Scott




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