Anxiety and depression are common concerns for many of my patients and certainly affect millions of people in our country and around the world. Natural remedies can help address stress, anxiety and depression. They can also be used to help support people taking pharmaceutical antidepressants.
Anxiety and depression are common concerns for many of my patients and certainly affect millions of people in our country and around the world.
Natural remedies can help address stress, anxiety and depression. They can also be used to help support people taking pharmaceutical antidepressants.
It is important to realise that you can’t reverse nutritional deficiencies with standard conventional pharmaceutical drugs. Yet lack of folic acid, vitamin B12, magnesium and vitamin B6 are known to cause and / or worsen anxiety and depression.
These nutrients can enhance mood by sparking production of feel-good hormones such as GABA, serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. When taken in natural, physiological dosages these nutrients are generally well-tolerated.
MTHFR genetic testing is an important and useful test for anyone with fatigue or mood disorders. Methylation is relevant for energy, genetic stability, neurotransmitter production and detoxification pathways. You can read more about it at http://treatfatigue.com.au/?s=methylation
Assessment of digestive function is important, especially for anyone with symptoms such as bloating, constipation or reflux. Your gut produces more than 80 per cent of all your neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and noradrenalin. It is also the place containing most of your immune system.
Dr Kelly Brogan is an holistic American psychiatrist who has written a ground-breaking, science based book titled “A Mind of Your Own”. She describes how depression is a lifestyle crisis that responds well to dietary interventions, nutritional supplements, detoxification, sleep hygiene, exercise and stress management. It is well worth reading.
If you or someone you love is diagnosed with anxiety or depression, suggest that they make an appointment to see me for a comprehensive, holistic assessment and treatment plan.
About Dr Pete
Dr Peter Holsman is a qualified Medical Practitioner, Naturopath and Professional Speaker based in Melbourne. An expert in his field with over 30 years experience, he specialises in treating people with fatigue related illnesses including digestive problems, anxiety, stress, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, menopause, thyroid and adrenal hormone concerns.
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