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Anxiety and depression: A holistic approach to treatment

25 October 2018

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Written by Naturopath and Nutritionist Alon Blumgart

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health disorders that affect people, from all walks of life, worldwide. In fact, depression is one of the most common causes of disability worldwide.

For decades we have tried to treat these mental health issues with medications that target one or two neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) as some research has suggested that low amounts of certain neurotransmitters may be responsible for causing anxiety and depression. While this is true, it is only a snippet of the broader picture.

These treatments have failed as depression and anxiety rates are still on the rise.  Furthermore, anti-depressants have been shown to be no more effective than placebo.

Why is this you may ask?

It is because we have been trying to treat a complex, multifaceted disease, that involves a complex interaction between genes, diet, lifestyle and environmental factors, with one drug and only targeting one pathway in the brain. Mental health issues are far too complex for such simplistic treatment and they require multifaceted treatments to address the underlying causes. 

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, consider booking in with one of our experienced naturopaths, who will help you identify the underlying physiological drivers of depression and anxiety, as well as the social/environmental factors. They will take a holistic approach to your treatment (using referrals if need be) and explain how naturopathic treatment using diet and lifestyle interventions, as well as herbal and nutritional supplementation can help address these underlying causes.

To book an appointment or learn more about how a naturopath can assist you on your wellness journey contact us on 98940014 or via email on info@vitalchiwellness.com.au