Can a naturopath help with anxiety and depression?
Yes, Leah sees and helps many people with anxiety and depression.
Before we discuss what a naturopath can do, let’s briefly examine what anxiety and depression are.
What are the symptoms of anxiety or depression?
Anxiety and depression –
Anxiety and depression are two common mental health disorders that can have a significant impact on an individual’s daily life.
Anxiety is a condition that is characterised by persistent worry or fear that is often out of proportion to the situation at hand. People with anxiety can lead to physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, sweating, and difficulty sleeping.
Anxiety can also cause individuals to avoid certain situations or activities, which can limit their ability to function in daily life.
High-functioning anxiety (HFA)
High functioning Anxiety (HFA) is a term used to describe individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety, yet are still able to function in their daily lives.
Unlike more severe forms of anxiety that may lead to avoidance behaviours or difficulty carrying out daily tasks, individuals with HFA are often able to push through their symptoms and maintain their responsibilities.
They may appear successful and confident on the outside, but struggle with feelings of worry, self-doubt, and fear on the inside. It can be challenging to recognise and manage, as individuals may feel that they have to keep their symptoms hidden in order to maintain their image of competence.
However, it’s important to recognise that HFA is a legitimate condition that can still have a significant impact on an individual’s well-being. Treatment for HFA can include herbal tonics and supplements and lifestyle changes to reduce stress and improve overall mental health.
Depression on the other hand, is a mood disorder that is characterised by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyable.
Physical symptoms such as fatigue, changes in appetite, and difficulty sleeping can also be present.
Depression can affect an individual’s ability to perform daily tasks and can impact their relationships and overall quality of life.
Both anxiety and depression can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, life experiences, and brain chemistry.
While both disorders can be challenging to manage, effective herbal treatments are available.
Blood tests for mental health
Leah also offers a variety of urine and blood tests that can determine the underlying neurological imbalances and how best to prescribe with herbal tonics or supplements to reduce symptoms.
What causes anxiety and depression ?
Anxiety and depression can be caused by a complex combination of factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, life experiences, and environmental factors.
In some cases, anxiety and depression may be triggered by specific events or experiences, such as trauma, loss, or significant life changes.
Genetic factors may also play a role in predisposing individuals to these conditions.
Brain chemistry imbalances, such as changes in levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, may also contribute to the development of anxiety and depression.
Environmental factors, such as exposure to stress and trauma, can also contribute to the development of these conditions.
Medications can also cause symptoms of anxiety or depression.
It’s important to recognize that anxiety and depression are legitimate medical conditions that require proper diagnosis and treatment.
Tests include urine and blood tests that help to identify any brain chemistry imbalances.
Treatment can include therapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and alternative approaches like herbal medicine or mindfulness practices. Leah will work with your GP or psychiatrist to provide you with the best holist help.
Leah as a naturopathic clinician can order tests and help by prescribing herbal medicines or supplements to reduce your symptoms.
Can naturopaths treat anxiety and depression ?
Herbal medicine for mental health
Herbal medicine can be a useful and effective alternative or complementary approach to treating anxiety and depression.
There are a number of herbs that have been traditionally used to treat these conditions, and many have been studied in clinical research with promising results. For example, the herb St. John’s wort has been shown to be effective in treating mild to moderate depression, with fewer side effects than prescription antidepressants.
Another herb, passionflower, has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.
Valerian root has also been found to be effective in reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
While herbal medicine may not be appropriate for everyone and should not replace medical treatment, it can be a safe and effective option for some individuals.
Speak with a Naturopath Central Coast or Video link
It’s important to speak with a qualified healthcare practitioner, such as Leah naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist, to determine the best approach to using herbal medicine for anxiety and depression.
R U OK?
At times anxiety and depression can cause someone to have some very dark thoughts.
You are never alone. Please call one of the helplines listed below.
These are for Australian residents. You may need to find different numbers for your country.
Emergency – 000 or 112 from a mobile
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Beyond Blue – councillor 1300 22 4636