Have you ever heard of the term “the walking wounded?” It usually applies to someone walking around like everything is okay, but underneath they are a mess. Functional medicine can help!
The walking wounded are kind of like the anomaly of that perfect house on the block that looks great on the outside, but if you go inside, it’s a total mess. Not just the physical aspects, but the family’s health and the family dynamics that inhabit it are dysfunctional and even very sad.
Most of the time, strangers and even neighbors aren’t invited into their house. They don’t want anyone to know that anything is wrong, even though they desperately need help. This description can be applied to human beings, too – the walking wounded.
They appear healthy on the outside. They work really hard to be highly functional to hide what’s going on inside.
Eventually, their insides take over, and whatever is bothering them or taking them over starts to affect all aspects of their life. And if they don’t ask for help, then they are at risk of losing their:
Sound Familiar? You Are Not Alone!
1 in 5 adults in America experiences a mental illness. Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness. One-half of all chronic mental illnesses begin by the age of 14; three-quarters by 24.
Psychiatric issues are nothing to be ashamed of, especially during the pandemic. We are living in incredibly stressful times that are forcing changes in our lives.
The news itself can trigger all sorts of mental health issues. And many of us are living in increasing states of fear and isolation.
If you are suffering from any of the following, there is help!
- Emotional disorders
But in our experience, it usually takes a functional approach to bring real, long-lasting relief. So what does a functional medicine approach to psychiatry look like?
The Functional Medicine Approach
The functional medicine approach to psychiatry states the body systems all contribute to health or disease. Uncovering the imbalances can alleviate current symptoms and may address the cause of the disease.
Unfortunately, the traditional approach to the diagnosis of the following is based on a list of symptoms.
- Bipolar Disease
- Emotional Disorders
- Mental Disorders
It is the only specialty that treats a disorder’s symptoms without any diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause.
Luckily, functional medicine takes a different approach to diagnose and treating brain and emotional disorders by looking at the underlying cause. You may wonder why this is.
Addressing the Underlying Causes with Functional Medicine
The primary concern of conventional psychiatric treatment and psychotropic medication only tackles the symptoms. The medication is not designed to address the imbalance’s real cause.
In many instances, the underlying cause has not been addressed; therefore, the symptoms will come back after the patient stops taking medication.
Similarly, patients may experience the same symptoms for a specific mental disorder, yet the root cause is diverse. Therefore, personalized treatment for each patient is essential. We can achieve this personalization through functional medicine!
What Impacts Your Mind?
Functional medicine considers how the mind is impacted by your:
- Gut Microbiome
Also, there is growing evidence providers associate the following with brain dysfunction:
- Nutritional Deficiency
- Blood Sugar Control
- Dietary Factors
Recognizing this complex connection, functional medicine examines all the factors that may impact your condition instead of conventional medicine that only concentrates on the disease itself.
It Takes a Team
At Living Well Dallas, we take a holistic approach that focuses on your health concern’s underlying causes rather than the symptoms.
Our approach involves a team of specialists who will work together to:
- Assess your clinical imbalances
- Review your medical history
- Perform a thorough physical examination
- Run the appropriate laboratory tests
We also look into your genetic makeup and environmental factors such as your:
- Physical Activities
- Traumatic Experiences
- Toxic Substance Exposure
We Go Above and Beyond
To fully understand your condition and how we can support and heal it, we go beyond the physical and consider the following to influence the patient’s health.
- Social Elements
Our team of experts will explore a wide array of customized interventions according to your individual needs.
Your Treatment Plan
Your treatment plan may include:
- Therapeutic diet
- Detoxification programs
- Lifestyle change
- Stress management
- Mind-body therapies
- Nutritional supplementation
This treatment aims to relieve the symptoms and cure the illness and improve your overall health.
With the increasing epidemic of psychiatric disorders adversely impacting millions of people’s lives, functional medicine holds the promise of the following treatments for mental illnesses.
If you are experiencing symptoms impacting your mental or physical health and want to get to the root of the problem once and for all our Brain Health program is for you.
- Addresses the underlying imbalances that may be impacting you.
- Combines the best of current medical technology with mind-body programs to help you live, feel, and be well.
The First Step to Relief
When you suffer from panic attacks, anxiety, sleep and mood disorders, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, or emotional disruptions, it may be difficult to ask for help, especially as many of these conditions build upon themselves and can cause:
- Feelings of isolation
The good news is that the first step starts with a simple phone call- or if the even seems like too much, you can fill out our contact form online, and one of our compassionate team members will get back to you. That’s it.
You’re already on your way to being more connected and finding solutions. From there, we will work with you to better understand what’s going on in your physical body so we can start healing your mind and emotional body too.
We don’t want you to suffer, so if medications are what you need to get some initial relief, we’ll start there and then work out the rest over time. Contact us today- we’ve got you back!