Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Not everyone with symptoms of Depression has Depression....A case of Addison's Disease

I have read in my journal about a case where someone with Addison's Disease presented with "Depression".

This is why it's so important for your Doctor to rule out any physical or "organic" problems before we can be more certain about the diagnosis of depression. 

One of the things I consider screening for is Addison's Disease.  It is a very serious condition which is characterized by a deficiency of a body hormone call cortisol.  One of the main symptoms for this condition is "tiredness".  We check for this by ordering a blood test for a cortisol level .  Now this is extremely rare and as you know "rare things happen rarely", so please do not be alarmed and panic.  In the last 13years of my practice, I have only seen 2 cases of this,  so we do have to put this in perspective.

This article was just to highlight the importance of getting things properly assessed by your Doctor.

Dr Vin
Family Doctor
Australia