What Is DepressionDepression is a medical condition that affects your mood and ability to function. Depression types include clinical depression, bipolar depression, dysthymia, seasonal affective disorder and others. Treatment options range from counseling to medications to brain stimulation and complementary therapies. Depressive symptoms include feeling sad, anxious or hopeless. The condition can also cause difficulty with thinking, memory, eating and sleeping. A diagnosis of major depressive disorder (clinical depression) means you have felt sad, low or worthless most days for at least two weeks while also having other symptoms such as sleep problems, loss of interest in activities, or change in appetite. Around 1 in 6 Adults in U.S. will experience depression in their lifetime. Depression can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender or circumstances. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety and depressive disorders. What causes Depression? Various factors including brain chemistry, genetics, life events, ongoing physical pain or illness, medications, recreational drugs, coping challenges.

If you or someone you know has thoughts of hurting themselves, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) at 800-273-8255. This national network of local crisis centers provides free, private emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


With appropriate diagnostic testing and a comprehensive medical evaluation, your Optimal Bio Care Team can help you identify biological causes of your symptoms and design a treatment plan that best suits you as an individual. Studies suggest that testosterone yields protective benefits against anxiety and depression. In relation to depression, testosterone can enhance dopamine release in the mesolimbic system (Alderson and Baum, 1981), which may protect against depression-induced anhedonia and the associated decrease in dopamine activity in reward-related brain pathways. We believe the key to your optimal health is balancing hormones at the ideal levels, adding high-quality nutraceuticals, and adopting a healthy diet. We can help you feel better than you ever dreamed possible at any age!


  • Initial consultation and ongoing consultation with your Optimal Bio Care team, led by Dr. Brannon
  • Comprehensive lab testing to determine the type and severity of hormonal imbalances
  • Prescriptions for replacement hormones or other medications you may require
  • Recommendations for a proper diet to best address your individual needs
  • The best possible supplements for the patient’s condition will be recommended
  • Detox information to clean and heal the body from the inside out


BHRT PelletAt Optimal Bio, pellets are the preferred method of hormone replacement delivery. Over the years, Optimal Bio has worked with compounding pharmaceutical companies to produce the purest pellets possible. Small pellets, roughly the size of a grain of rice, are placed in fatty tissue of the buttocks or lower back area. The pellets can deliver a dose of either testosterone for men, or testosterone/estrogen for women. Additionally, each pellet implant lasts for several months and provides a substantial and stable release of hormones into the body.


Feeling very sad, hopeless or worried.
Not enjoying things that used to give you joy.
Being easily irritated or frustrated.
Eating too much or too little.
Changes in how much you sleep.
Having a difficult time concentrating or remembering things.
Experiencing physical problems like headache, stomachache or sexual dysfunction.
Thinking about hurting or killing yourself.

If you notice symptoms, it’s best to get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Depression can affect your emotions, mind and body.

Depression related to hormonal imbalance treatments are provided at all Optimal Bio locations.

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SOURCES: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3946856/ and https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9290-depression

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