Depression and Mood Disorders

Depression and Mood Disorders

Depression is an overwhelming and serious problem in Grand Junction and throughout the United States. In fact, more than eight percent of Americans struggle with depression within any given two-week period. Unfortunately, when people talk to their doctor about their depression, many of them are given a prescription for antidepressants and nothing else. Although antidepressants may be helpful for some people, there are many others who notice very little improvement, side effects, or prefer a natural alternative. If this is the case for you, there is good news; you may be able to benefit from working with a functional medicine practitioner.

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What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine practitioners take a different approach than traditional physicians when treating health problems. Functional medicine is a type of holistic care that doesn’t simply treat the symptoms. Instead, functional medicine care involves the practitioner taking a thorough look at their patients’ health history, lifestyle, current condition, and comprehensive lab testing to get at the root of the cause of their depression. Functional medicine addresses a wide range of factors that may influence a person’s health, including:

  • Systemic Imbalances
  • Lifestyle
  • Home environment
  • Genetic makeup

What Are the Benefits of Functional Medicine Care for Depression?

Functional medicine utilizes comprehensive specialized testing, natural treatments, herbal supplements, nutrition, and even mindfulness practices to treat depression without the unpleasant side effects of prescription drugs. There are numerous reasons to consider working with a functional medicine practitioner when suffering from depression including, getting to the root of your depression, an integrative and comprehensive approach to health, and uncovering the physiological impact on your mental health.

Getting to the Root of the Depression

Did you know that the majority of serotonin (the feel-good hormone) in your body is produced in the gut? If you have an imbalance in your gut microbiome or a disruption of your gut-brain communication mood disorders can manifest. Current research indicates that specific inflammation, cytokine levels, can negatively impact your brain and neurological function. It appears that depression may not be rooted in a chemical/serotonin imbalance, but be the result of immunological imbalances and defects. Functional medicine helps to uncover these dysfunctions and corrects them.

Get an Extensive Look into Your Overall Health

A functional medicine practitioner will look deep into your health history to figure out what’s causing the symptoms. While working with a functional medicine practitioner for depression, you may discover that other health issues improve. For instance someone suffering from depression may also have imbalance in detoxification, autoimmune presentation, leaky gut, poor gut health, and more.  Integrating a functional medicine approaches in your life, allows you to find whole body balance and health.

A functional medicine practitioner won’t simply write you a prescription and send you on your way. Our job is to help you understand what’s causing your depression and give you the tools necessary to change your life and take your mental and physical health into your own hands.

To learn more about the benefits of functional medicine in Grand Junction, contact Transformation Wellness Center LLC.  

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This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Andrea Jordheim. It is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice and all viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions, concerns, and implementation of above content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.


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