How Functional Medicine Treats Anxiety
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Functional Medicine’s Approach to Anxiety
People with anxiety disorders are often interested in learning about how functional medicine treats anxiety. Our experienced clinicians treat anxiety utilizing a holistic approach. Numerous aspects of the patient’s lifestyle and medical history are taken into account to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. This ensures that anxiety is addressed at its root causes. To find out more about how functional medicine treats anxiety, Denver, CO, Metro area patients can contact Spire Health Pathways.
Anxiety symptoms are common and nearly one third of all adults will experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. The pandemic has led to an increased prevalence of symptoms with 41.5% of adults reporting recent symptoms. Adolescents have also struggled, and research shows that up to 25% of students at every grade level struggle with anxiety which can impact their ability to learn and to perform up to their capacity.
What Causes Anxiety?
Anxiety can be caused by a wide range of triggers, both momentary and long-term. Because of this, a comprehensive treatment method that addresses numerous causes is vital.
Anxiety may occur due to childhood trauma, a drastic and sudden change in the patient’s life, or an especially distressing incident. It can be triggered by stress, unpleasant events, or the prospect of undesirable events. Anxiety can be chronic, where the feeling keeps coming back, or it can occur in a flash, which can lead to panic attacks.
Issues Caused by Anxiety
There are numerous issues that can occur as a result of anxiety. These can range from social awkwardness to detrimental effects on the patient’s health. Severe cases of anxiety can lead to depression, insomnia, headaches, and paranoia. When anxiety persists, patients must seek functional medicine treatment to prevent these developments.
What Is Functional Medicine’s Approach to Anxiety?
Recognizing that anxiety is the result of a “keyed-up” or “irritable” nervous system, we look at where your physical health may be turning up the heat on your nervous system and cool the flames with lifestyle changes focused to minimize your response to stress, increase your body’s own calming chemicals with a nutrient-dense diet, and avoiding environmental and dietary stressors that may worsen your symptoms.
Our approach to understanding your mental wellbeing may include salivary tests for cortisol (the stress hormone) and nutrigenomics (nutrition-based genetic testing) that may identify areas where you are more prone to the effects of stress and then create a path to minimizing those effects.
How Does Functional Medicine for Anxiety Work?
Our clinicians will help you recover your mental wellbeing by teaching you to navigate stress and setting you on the path to heal the mind-body connection. We highly support the use of mental health services as part of a treatment plan, and when also needed will recommend therapy and medication while designing your overall personalized plan which includes a nutritious diet, stress-reduction techniques, and tips for sleep optimization.
Schedule Your Consultation
Patients are encouraged to reach out to Spire Health Pathways to learn more about how functional medicine treats anxiety in the Denver, CO, Metro area. During a personalized consultation, our skilled medical professionals will work with you to develop an in-depth and holistic approach to treatment.
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