According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 18% of Americans suffer from anxiety and 3-5% suffer from major depression. For holistic and personal care for anxiety and depression, the practitioners at LIFEstrength Health Center in Naples, Florida, offer personalized testing and treatment. Led by Cade Copeland, DC, the team of functional medicine specialists helps identify the cause of your symptoms and work with you to develop realistic strategies to improve your mental health. Schedule a visit online or by phone today.
Anxiety and depression have some overlapping symptoms, including fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and either an increased or decreased appetite. Each condition also has unique symptoms.
Depression symptoms include:
Anxiety can also present symptoms related to excessive worrying thoughts. Other anxiety symptoms include:
Symptoms of anxiety and depression can come and go and may be related to life circumstances, such as a change in jobs or a relationship loss. Other causes of anxiety and depression can be determined by your doctor.
In addition to situational anxiety or depression, which can be caused by a particular life situation, anxiety and depression can also be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in your brain. These chemicals, called neurotransmitters, are produced by specific areas of your brain and regulate your mood, energy levels, hunger, and feelings of well-being.
When your neurotransmitters are out of balance or aren’t being produced enough, you can experience anxiety and depression symptoms that are unrelated to your life situation. Neurotransmitter issues may run in families and can be influenced by your nutrition, overall health, and lifestyle.
Mild to moderate anxiety and depression can be managed with natural methods, though severe anxiety and depression and intense feelings of sadness or worry may also benefit from medication or talk therapy. Your doctor helps you determine which course of treatment is right for you based on your symptoms and emotional state.
To determine the levels of neurotransmitters produced by your brain, the team at LIFEstrength Health Center starts by ordering functional lab work. These tests specifically look at the levels of serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). If the levels are too low or imbalanced, your doctor recommends a holistic multipronged approach to manage your care.
Your care may involve nutritional counseling and supplements to replenish nutrients in your system that are precursors to neurotransmitter production, strategies to decrease inflammation and repair your digestion and detoxification pathways, and stress management. Your doctor works with you to develop a personalized strategy to improve your mood, energy, and feelings of well-being.
Learn more about the natural anxiety and depression treatments available at LIFEstrength Health Center by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.