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112: What Causes Depression and Tips for Getting Through It
Erin Kinney, naturopathic doctor, naturopathy, functional medicine, food allergies, adrenal stress, genetic testing, hormone testing, nutritional counseling
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112: What Causes Depression and Tips for Getting Through It

What Causes Depression and Tips for Getting Through It

Have you ever struggled with depression? 

In this episode of The Dr. Kinney Show, I want to dive into the topic of depression and particularly the perfect storm of things that can happen inside someone’s thoughts, brain, and body that can put them in a depressed state. 

There has been a lot of discussion about depression in the last few weeks and this is such an important topic to learn about, especially from people who have experience with it. 

Depression is actually the condition that led me to this profession. So, while I have struggled with it, I am also grateful for it because I probably wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t struggled with this condition.

I’m sharing my personal experience with depression as well as my professional experience with it. As someone who has been in one of those lowest of the low positions where you don’t want to go on, it was people speaking out about it and saying that they have experienced it too that got me through it. 


In Today’s Episode We Discuss: 


  • The hardest thing about this condition
  • My experience with depression
  • What you need to know about suicidal thoughts 
  • The importance of having a support person 
  • The scariest thing about depression
  • The hormonal factors that contribute to depression 
  • How chronic pain can impact your life
  • The nutritional component of depression
  • Why exercise, sunlight, and diet are so important 
  • How depression medication can be a huge help
  • Emotional trauma and types of therapy you can use to work through it
  • How spirituality ties into depression


Depression is multifaceted, and it can look different in different people. If you’re just not feeling like yourself, it may be time to reach out to someone and ask for help. Sharing your thoughts with someone you feel safe with can be a huge help. 

If you are struggling with depression and need help, you can contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling 988. You can learn more about the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by visiting their website here

If you have any other questions or need support, please reach out to me or my team by sending a DM on Instagram or by emailing us. 


Resources Mentioned: 


Suicide and Crisis Lifeline website

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

Good Therapy


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