Anxiety & Depression
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At least one in four individuals in the US suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder every year. Two-thirds of those individuals do not seek treatment. Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental illnesses in the US and worldwide. Both can have a negative impact on one's overall health and increase the risk of developing other health issues. When managing anxiety and depression, I work with my clients holistically, and understand the physical and emotional complexities that are contributing to their mental illness. I offer functional testing, holistic nutrition, lifestyle interventions and personalized nutraceuticals to address anxiety and depression at the root cause and promote overall health and wellness.

A​nxiety & Depression 

What is Anxiety and what causes it?

Anxiety is an emotion that is characterized by feelings of overwhelming worrying and restlessness that can interfere with activities of daily living. It may be accompanied by physical changes such as increased blood pressure and heart rate. There are many factors that can cause anxiety including: nutrient deficiency, genetics, hormonal imbalance, brain chemistry, environment, and diet. 

What are common symptoms of anxiety?

  • Feeling of restlessness or on-edge

  • Overwhelming and uncontrollable worrying

  • Increased irritability

  • Muscle tension or trembling

  • Difficulty concentrating and brain fog

  • Easily fatigued

  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep & not waking up rested 

  • Rapid breathing

  • Avoiding stressful activities or environments 

What is depression and what causes it?

Depression is a type of mood disorder that is characterized by feelings of sadness, loneliness, anger, or loss that can interfere with activities of daily living and affect relationships. It is often accompanied by physical changes such as fatigue, changes in eating patterns, and changes in sleeping patterns. There are many factors that can cause depression including: family history, childhood trauma, hormonal imbalance, brain chemistry, drug use, and diet. 

 

What are common symptoms of depression?

  • Emotional changes: sadness, loneliness, hopelessness

  • Mood changes: irritability, anger, anxiousness, restlessness, aggressiveness

  • Behavioral changes: lack of interest, suicidal thoughts, use of drugs or drinking excessively, engaging in high-risk activities

  • Cognitive changes: inability to concentrate, change in memory, delayed responses

  • Physical changes: fatigue, excessive sleepiness, insomnia, headaches, weight gain, weight loss

  • Sleep changes: insomnia, inability to sleep, not waking up feeling rested

How are anxiety and depression treated?

Traditionally, anxiety and depression are treated with psychotherapy and/or medication. Long-term use of medication, however, can lead to many side-effects, nutrient depletions, and personality changes.

 

If you are experiencing anxiety or depression for a prolonged period of time, and want a more holistic approach to healing, you may want to consider speaking to a naturopathic or holistic doctor. 

My holistic model allows me to find the root cause of your anxiety or depression so that I can personalize health recommendations that target your symptoms. I use a combination of tools including clinical nutrition, supplements, botanical medicine, and lifestyle & stress reduction interventions to promote whole body healing with sustained outcomes, not just symptomatic relief. 

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