Depression is not a disease. It is a symptom.
~ Kelly Brogan, MD
A holistic approach to mental health aims to figure out exactly what your depression is a symptom of.
Moods are affected by many things happening inside your body and this is why treating depression according to the current model of ‘chemical imbalance in the brain’, simply isn’t getting the desired result for everyone.
Medications may be effective for some, and even life-saving for many, but the truth is, they do not work for everyone. This just further highlights the need for us to dig deeper and find the underlying cause/s and triggers for your depression, anxiety, PMS, or other mental illness.
Furthermore, I also believe that some of the factors listed below may also be the reason why medications perhaps aren’t as effective as they could be.
Some of the factors which can affect your mood include:
- Changing or fluctuating blood sugar levels.
- Menstrual hormone changes, including PMS.
- Lack of sleep.
- Prolonged stress.
- Nutrient deficiencies.
- Chronic pain.
- Thyroid function.
- Disrupted cortisol rhythm i.e. decreased or increased levels at the wrong time of day.
- Digestive issues, poor food/drink choices, food intolerances.
- Neurotransmitter imbalance.
So where to from here?
No doubt all of this information can be hugely overwhelming and even confusing. You’re probably thinking..…. Where do I start? Which factors are a problem for me specifically? Ho do I know if I have any of the above symptoms? What can I do about it?
The good news is you don’t have to try and figure it out all on your own! In your comprehensive naturopathic consultation, we gather as much information as possible, we request certain pathology tests, and from here, we put together a treatment plan that’s tailored just for you.
Your plan will contain dietary and supplement recommendations, as well as lifestyle modification techniques so we’re tackling your symptoms and condition from multiple angles. The beauty of seeing a practitioner is not only that you receive individualised treatment, but you also have someone who’s got your back!
We’re complex beings and this is why we need to look beyond a one-size-fits-all, magical pill.
If you think you may be suffering from any of the above symptoms and you need some support, then get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0406 588 620.