Whole Person - Functional Psychiatric Services
While working with Thrive Counseling we will look at the whole you. Finding the root cause of your symptoms requires our functional medicine practitioners to gather and organize a lot more information about our patients than other providers do. We ask that you provide as much detail as possible so that we can hit the ground running during the first visit. We will take a close look at interactions among your genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that have influenced your health over the long term, and use your current symptoms, health history, and biomarkers as clues to help pinpoint the system imbalances that are keeping you from reaching optimal physical and mental health. Addressing the root cause of your symptoms, including depression, fatigue, and anxiety– often requires more targeted and comprehensive testing that can really give us clues about what is going on in your body.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is a revolutionary concept which emphasizes that everything is connected. The mind is affected by the different organs of the body and vice versa. Our gut, for instance, has been linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other mental disorders. Some studies show that problems with neurotransmitter production starts from the gut before it affects the brain. There is also growing evidence that toxicity, nutritional deficiency, blood sugar control and other dietary factors are highly associated with brain dysfunction. Recognizing this complex connection, functional medicine examines all the factors that may have impact on the patient's condition as opposed to conventional medicine that only concentrates on the disease itself.
Functional medicine emerges as a new treatment for mental illness. The focus is redirected to the underlying causes of the illness rather than the symptoms. This holistic approach involves the assessment of clinical imbalances through the patient's medical history, physical examination, and laboratory tests. Functional medicine also looks into the genetic makeup of a patient and environmental factors such as diet, physical activities, traumatic experience, and exposure to toxic substances. In order to fully understand the condition of a patient, functional medicine practitioners consider the psychological, spiritual, and social elements that influence the health f the patient.
Beyond Conventional Treatment
Beyond conventional psychiatric treatments, functional medicine manages other factors with profound effects on mental health. It explores a wide array of interventions that are customized according to the needs of the patient. In combination with pharmaceutical and/or surgical interventions, functional medicine incorporates a therapeutic diet, detoxification programs, counseling, lifestyle change, stress management, and nutritional supplementation as part of treatment. The aim of this treatment is not only to relieve the symptoms but to cure the illness and improve the overall health of the patient.
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With the increasing epidemic of psychiatric disorders adversely affecting the lives of millions of people, functional medicine holds the promise of a more natural, holistic and effective treatment to mental illness.
If you are experiencing symptoms affecting your mental or physical health and want to get to the root of the problem once and for all, consider having an evaluation with a practitioner that has been trained in functional medicine. Experienced Functional Medicine practitioners at Thrive Counseling are available.