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How Functional Medicine Can Help Mood/Depression Disorders

Millions of Americans suffer from mood disorders and depression. And for some, getting help can be challenging. Fortunately, functional medicine can help individuals who suffer from depression and mood-related issues. We offer advanced diagnostic tools and personalized health options at True You Health And Wellness. Proudly offering our services in Charlottesville, Stafford, and Fredericksburg, VA, we also service many surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more about our services. 

What Is Functional Medicine?

Conventional medicine doctors most often take a symptom-based approach to depression. They may prescribe medications such as antidepressants that would only mask symptoms instead of identifying and addressing the underlying causes of the disease. Drugs like these only provide partial relief and may worsen the condition, producing adverse side effects. 

Functional medicine’s approach to health issues involves identifying the root causes of current health issues and not just surface-based symptoms. Functional medicine is a collaborative effort between client and practitioner, producing a comprehensive understanding of health issues and how they influence your overall health. Functional medicine can help provide relief by addressing contributing factors and lifestyle habits that are directly linked to the causes of depression and mood disorders. 

Depression And Mood Disorders

Brain-based disorders and mental illness are becoming increasingly common in society today. In recent years, mental health has been increasingly challenging to care for and maintain due to COVID-19 and the Post-Covid pandemic. The effects of social distancing and isolation, along with increased stress and worry, have negatively affected both short- and long-term mental health.

Depression and mood disorders are not only fueled by the thoughts that you feed your mind but also by the foods that you feed your body. More and more studies are providing emerging research that suggests a link between the gut and the brain. Mood disorders and depression are not only in your head. They also reside within your body. By focusing on fixing your body, you will also improve your mood and mind. Memory, focus, energy, and joy will all experience positive increases as your depression begins to fade.

Help And Healing

Functional medicine can treat numerous chronic illnesses and identify those the patient may not have been aware of. Functional medicine takes an individualized and personalized approach to your health and treatment. Everyone is unique, and thus symptoms, causes, and treatment can be equally diverse. 

Instead of drowning your depression in symptom-masking prescriptions, functional medicine takes a much simpler and straightforward approach. Functional medicine focuses on eliminating factors that cause systemic imbalances and provides the body with beneficial ingredients necessary for healing. These ingredients include wholesome foods, minerals, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and hormones (when required). Where conventional medicine offers you a prescription, functional medicine provides a result-based plan. 

Contact Us Today 

Depression affects every person differently. Therefore developing a tailored approach is essential for eliminating the issue. We want you to live your best life at True You Health And Wellness. For more information about our services or how functional medicine can help you with your depression, contact us today. 

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