Almost every single person we see complains of some degree of difficulty sleeping, anxiety or depression. This is not surprising, as about 1 in 5 adults suffer from at least one of these ailments.
Insomnia, depression and anxiety are disruptions in brain health. This means that an evaluation of factors that affect brain health is at the foundation of the assessment. This may include evaluations of nutrition, physical exercise, environmental toxins, spiritual health, genetic predispositions, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, gut health and interpersonal relationships.
Due to the many factors affecting mental health, it’s no surprise that many people are offered a medication to treat the symptom, as going through all the potential contributing factors are somewhat daunting. However, many people don’t always respond to antidepressant therapy (some say 30-40%). It is important to note, that some people greatly benefit from these medications and clearly thrive while on them, especially those with severe depression. It is a personal decision to start or wean off of an antidepressant; which needs to be discussed with your healthcare provider.
A functional approach includes an evaluation of gut health, adrenal function, thyroid disease and vitamin deficiencies. As well as lifestyle and dietary analysis to reduce inflammation and stabilize the mood and blood sugar. A truly multi-faceted approach is necessary to stabilize good brain health for the long term.
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