Are you or a loved one part of the 20 percent of Americans who are affected by anxiety or depression? People often think they are anxious or depressed because of life events, but most likely it is from biochemical issues rather than external events. Imbalanced biochemistry, such as abnormal levels of hormones such as estrogen or testosterone, problems with endocrine glands or under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism), can affect a person’s view of life and their reactions to events. Food sensitivities such as gluten and dairy are also an unrecognized factor in mood disorders.
At Wellness 1st Integrative Medical Center, our functional medicine physician views each mood disorder uniquely. While many patients do well with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), some studies suggest that these drugs lose effectiveness if used for more than one to two years and might also bring on such side effects such as drowsiness, weight gain and more.