We will learn to address four areas that affect EVERYONE’S mental health:
This is a holistic, functional medicine approach to mental health.
- Lifestyle: all of the things you know you “should” do. This area highlights the importance of self-care and includes nutrition, exercise, relationships, sleep, and habits. My job is to educate and coach a patient into optimizing all of these areas. It is difficult to motivate patients (and yourself) to do these things, especially when you are not feeling well, but this area, like I have been shouting from my soapbox for years, is absolutely essential for health in general- including mental health.
- Body: all the things a doctor “should” do for you! Every doctor needs to be looking for the underlying causes of all disease in the body, including a mental health problem. Just because mental health involves feelings and behaviors, it should not be classified as some mysterious, unsolvable, issue. There is ample evidence that mental health disorders can be caused by immune system dysregulation (autoimmunity, infection, and inflammation), the gut-brain axis (microbiome, dysbiosis, leaky gut), metabolic regulation (hormones, blood sugar, genetics), brain function (trauma, neurodegeneration, mitochondrial function), and toxicity (metals, drugs and alcohol, biotoxins).
- Mind: the current area of focus when it comes to psychiatric disorders needs to continue to play an essential part of healing. Here is where we talk about trauma which can literally be anything- a single event, complex traumas, and dissociation. Trauma is an essential part of why we are who we are and is MUCH more common than we might think. Our beliefs, which can also come from unrecognized sources, also have an enormous impact on how we think, how we behave, and how we interact with the world around us.
- Spirit: We subscribe to the idea that humans are a vessel for consciousness moving within the physical world. Obtaining the awareness of that consciousness through the use of mediation, traditional medicinals (like psychedelics), psychotherapy, and breathwork, can be extremely helpful. The spiritual connectedness can allow people to create a more profound understanding of their place in the world and be profoundly healing.
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