Mental Health Options
Helping people with any form of mental health condition is something that I just love to do. Often patients are taking anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication but are just not getting the results they are af
Why doesn’t the medication work for me?
The most common form of anti-depressant used is called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). What this means is that the drug essentially recycles serotonin levels in the body giving you a false sense of high levels. One of the reasons that they don’t always work is that you need to have serotonin in the body to be able to recycle it. Serotonin needs many different nutrients for its creation, along with a well-functioning digestive system. If you aren’t absorbing these nutrients, your gut function is diminished, or you aren’t eating the right combination of foods then you won’t be making serotonin.
What can you do about it?
Taking medication is only treating the symptoms, you need to understand what the underlying driver is. Yes, this is about your biochemistry, understanding all the nutrients that are needed to make your neurotransmitters, but this is also environmental and emotional. A good practitioner will look at all these potential contributors and come up with a plan that works for you.
What if I am already taking medication?
Many have a fear around becoming addicted to these medications long term. Then there’s the concern around coping with the withdrawal if they decide to stop them. Yes, we can work around any medication that you are taking and do that every day. We can also, with the aid of your GP, help you to come off them if that is what you decide to do in the future.
Is it time to have a more holistic view? Believe me I understand how you feel and helping you through this with compassion that is coming from experience is a integral part of the process.