What is true healing?

We live in a culture that fails to recognize how intimately the mind and body are connected. Therefore, it may take a leap of faith to trust the wisdom of the body.  Covering up our mood disorder symptoms with external “cures” prevents us from healing the parts of our lives that may need attention and change. There may be medical conditions that contribute to the symptoms of depresson, and these options can be explored with a integrative, functional medical approach.

Symptoms of Depression or Mood Disorders

  • sleep problems
  • anger
  • fatigue or loss of energy
  • appetite or weight changes
  • loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • reckless or self damaging behavior
  • a sense of helplessness or hopelessness

Depression and mood disorder symptoms are common and treatable.  The doctors at NIHA will look at this condition from an integrative medical perspective. They begin with traditional medical tests and exams and may use other assessments to check the systems of the body to determine how the body is functioning. For example, many thyroid patients may experience depression, so a thorough history and physical is important and testing as indicated by your doctor. Underlying causal factors such as nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, toxins, candida, gastrointestinal issues or metabolic problems can be tested for and an and individualized treatment plan developed.  A typical patient will usually have causal risk factors that may contribute to the symptoms of depression.

Neurotransmitter Balancing

Neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, GABA and endorphins can affect the way we think, feel and function. Many psychological problems like depression, anxiety, insomnia and ADHD are linked to imbalances in neurotransmitters. Drug therapies are often used to mimic these natural neurotransmitters, and while this may be the therapy of choice for some patients, at NIHA we offer diagnostic testing to measure some of these neurotransmitters, their precursors (usually amino acids) and their breakdown metabolites (indicates turnover rates) to determine the ideal, natural neurotransmitter balancing therapy. This testing is called functional medicine testing and the doctors will determine if there may be underlying factors contributing to depression or anxiety, and how to correct imbalances.

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Related Information

Listen to Dr. Charles Gant's interview on Depression: