Depression is one possible symptom of allergies and food intolerances.
There are many types of depression, ranging from a somewhat negative outlook, through to full-blown major depression.
Because different people can experience an allergy to the same trigger in different ways, it is impossible to say that a specific type of depression characterizes an allergy symptom.
It is probably fair to say that allergies do not cause major depression, but may make it worse (this statement subject to change should new information become available).
Many people have described the depression associated with allergies with the following characteristics:
* Low self-esteem
* Low motivation
* Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
* Lack of pleasure in life
Coupled with insomnia, another typical allergy symptom, allergy-induced depression can look a lot like melancholic depression.
Allergic symptoms can shift, causing insomnia at night, and exhaustion and lethargy during the day leading sleeping too much during the day and inability to sleep at night.
This can also make allergy-induced depression look a lot like “atypical depression.”
Patients seeking help with depression are usually prescribed medication and possibly referred to psychiatric counseling. This does not deal with the root cause of allergy-induced depression.
Watch out for depression that is mixed with other typical allergy symptoms. Often, certain symptoms can vary in intensity over time according to exposure to the allergen and other health-related factors.
In this case, suspect allergies, rather than an antidepressant medication deficiency.
If you suspect allergies, drag yourself to an allergist or doctor who practices environmental medicine.
You should still seek direct help with your depression because it may help while investigating allergy causes, and it may not be caused by allergies.
Investigate, as much as you are able, typical allergy triggers such as food, mold, dust, etc.
Common allergy-causing foods: wheat, gluten, corn, yeast.
Mold: do you live in a damp climate? Do you feel worse when humidity is high? Do you have mold growing in the shower, under the sink etc.? Do you have a damp basement or a leaky roof?