Anxiety is a condition that affects 18 percent of adults in this country. The condition encompasses depression, anxiety, panic, and trauma, which are all considered components of an anxiety disorder. What distinguishes an anxiety disorder from that of general anxiety one might experience due to a specific event or circumstance? When worry, fear, or panic begins to interfere with an individual’s ability to function normally in their daily life, it is then recognized as an anxiety disorder. At Los Angeles Integrative Medicine you can see an anxiety doctor who focuses on finding the source of your anxiety or depression and creates a comprehensive treatment plan specific to your needs.
Many people feel their depression or anxiety is simply a part of who they are. They may feel it is a natural way of life for their personality, especially if the condition occurs frequently or has been going on for a long period of time. However, anxiety disorders stem from a variety of treatable factors.
What Causes Anxiety and Depression?
Though there are many factors behind depression and anxiety, the lack of serotonin and other important neurotransmitters in the brain can result in a discordance in a person’s emotional state. A disturbance in hormone levels can also play a major role. The underlying influences that put these systems out of balance vary greatly. They can come from anything from diet to a genetic predispositions. We do a thorough interview, examination, and testing to narrow down a patient’s specific causes of anxiety.
Some factors that commonly contribute to anxiety and depression include:
- Food sensitivities
- Lack of adequate nutrition
- Inadequate exercise
- Immune imbalance
- Adrenal fatigue
- Hormonal imbalance
- Improper balance of gut microbiome
- Insufficient energy production
- Environmental toxins
- And more
What can be done to treat anxiety disorders?
The anxiety doctor at Los Angeles Integrative Medicine offers a functional medicine approach to anxiety and depression. This may include medications to help sever cases find quick results, however a natural, preventative approach is the long-term goal. Our anxiety doctor spends time getting to know you and your habits. He will look at past medical conditions that may be related as well as test for food sensitivities, hormone levels, and other relevant information that will point to the root causes of your anxiety or depression.
Your body is an organization of interrelated systems. Imbalance in one area will effect those relating to it. It can have a snowball effect. As a result, your anxiety treatment will likely involve several avenues. It will be as individualized at the causes themselves. It may include things like nutritional supplements, amino acid supplements, dietary restrictions and/or additions, sleep aids, recommendations for exercise, and ways to better process and relieve levels of stress.
We help put your body in balance to both alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression and prevent them from reoccurring. This holistic approach fights anxiety at its source(s), allowing you to feel better and function better in your daily life.
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