Mark Gordon MD Explains TBI Traumatic Brain Injury, Depression and PTSD | Second Opinion Physician

Neuroprotective hormone production impaired by hypothalamus damage and oxidative stress

Mark Gordon MD has pioneered the role that traumatic head injury plays in mood disorders, particularly PTSD with military veterans. Depression and other mood disorders are also a consequence of head trauma when this trauma damages and impairs function of the hypothalamus.

Down regulation of response to the pituitary gland and diminished stimulation of target hormone producing organs reduces overall production of the neuro protective hormones. Deficiency of hormones leads to symptoms such as low libido, poor adrenal stress control, thyroid and metabolic disorders, premature aging, elevated cholesterol, muscle weakness, bone density reduction, female menstrual irregularities, and etc.

Second Opinion Physician offers a test panel for hormones influenced by hypothalamus ischemia. This is a comprehensive list of labs that are useful when working with your physician to address hormone and hormone precursor deficiencies and excesses. Physical exam and prescriptions may be necessary for hormones such as growth hormone, pregnenolone, DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, cortisol, progesterone, thyroid and etc.

Dr. Taylor interviews Mark Gordon MD the medical director of Millennium TBI located in Encino, California. Common to all degrees of head trauma (and body traumas) is the unforeseen development of hormone deficiencies – the stealth syndrome. This is caused by interruption of the control mechanism found within the hypothalamus and initiated by physical damage and then exacerbated by inflammation and oxidative stress.