Mental Health Concerns

Does It Feel Like You Have No Control At Times?

That is often how those dealing with anxiety and other mood disorders feel.  If this is the case, you aren't alone.  Anxiety and depression are two of the most common types of mental disorders in Canada and they often have a major impact on the daily lives of those affected.  Constant feelings of sadness, nervousness and worry make it difficult to relax and there are also many associated physical symptoms including:  Heart palpitations (irregular heart beats), nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, tension headaches and difficulty sleeping, among others. In more advanced cases, anxiety can lead to panic attacks which can result in frequent visits to the doctors office or emergency room because the symptoms can so closely mimic emergency situations like a heart attack.

Finding the root cause.

The first step is to identify what is causing you to have these feelings. Is it an underlying medical condition, genetic predisposition, lack of learned coping skills, the result of trauma, medication side effect or nutritional deficiency? These are all common causes of anxiety and depression.

Having someone assess you properly and uncover the root cause will bring you one step closer to knowing which treatments options will work best.

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What are my treatment options? 

Conventional approach

A visit to your family doctor will often result in a discussion of whether or not a medication is the right approach for you. SSRI's (e.g. effexor, celexa, cipralex and paxil) are a commonly prescribed class of medication. They work by regulating levels of serotonin, your feel good hormone. If needed, these medications can be helpful as a temporary solution. The downside however is that many common side effects exist including having a numbing effect on your emotions and making you feel "zombie like". Other side effects include nausea, fatigue, headaches, weight gain, hair loss, changes in sexual behaviour (erectile dysfunction and diminished libido) along with withdrawal effects that occur once coming off the medication.

Our Integrative Approach to Treating Mental Health

Identifying the cause of anxiety is the first step towards recovery and can help to create a more long lasting solution. This can be achieved by self directed approaches like reading books on the topic and/or working with a trained professional. At KIH clinic we have a Registered Psychotherapist and Naturopathic Doctors who are all trained in assessing for this root cause. Once uncovered and it is addressed, you may find activities like yoga, tai chi or qi qong, meditation, deep breathing and other stress management techniques are helpful in addition to the therapeutic treatments suggested to you by our practitioners. The following complimentary care treatments are used by our clinic practitioners to help create a better balance:  Acupuncture, relaxation massage, herbal medicine or homeopathy, psychotherapy and various naturopathic treatments including diet changes, vitamins and natural supplementation and IV vitamin drips.

If you are interested in learning more about our approach then read on about our Healthy Moods treatment plan, or request a free consult below

KIH's Healthy Moods Plan