Anxiety ● Bipolar Disorder ● Depression ● Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ● Schizophrenia ● Seasonal Affective Disorder ● Stress ● Nervousness
In Canada, mental health concerns are the number one cause of disability and the World Health Organization estimates that by 2020, depression will be the single biggest medical burden on health. Unfortunately, there is still a negative stigma surrounding mental health conditions, leaving patients isolated and without proper treatment.
The reasons for experiencing mental health and mood concerns are multifactorial. It may have to do with genetics, your life situation, or secondary to living with another medical condition. It may also have to do with food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, imbalanced blood sugar, increased stress hormones or disrupted sleep.
If you are concerned about your mood, there are answers for why you may be feeling this way. Commonly, a thorough laboratory workup is done at your first visit to assess how your body’s chemistry may be affecting your brain. With the development of a treatment plan tailored to your body’s needs, there are effective naturopathic treatments that can help improve your mood on their own, or in combination with medication – like nutritional supplementation or botanical medicine. These treatments can naturally increase your levels of feel good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.
Treating mental health should be about solutions that help you feel better in a way that is empowering and sustainable. Having spent a year on a mental health focused clinical shift during my internship, I believe you can feel better. For more information on my inspiration and motivation for treating mental health, please refer to Dr. Jonathan Prousky, ND’s website.