Functional medicine approach:
To tackle one’s depression and anxiety, one has the option of going to his or her primary doctor. The doctor may prescribe an antidepressant such as Zoloft, Prozac, Wellbutrin to help ease the patient’s depression and anxiety. The doctor may also suggest seeing a therapist for a couple months until the patient begins to feel better.
Following this traditional method of treating depression and anxiety may work for some patients for a while. But for some, it might not work at all. The sad and unfortunate truth is that conventional medicine doesn’t properly address the root causes of the illnesses, but deals only with the symptoms. Functional medicine is a practice that focuses on the root cause of a disease. In this systems-based approach to a cure, Functional medicine acknowledges the depression and anxiety that the patient is experiencing are the symptoms of something else,
Instead of only alleviating the symptoms of depression and anxiety periodically, the underlying cause should be properly addressed. For instance, depressed individuals often exhibit trouble in the normal functions between the hypothalamic, pituitary, and adrenal glands.s
A hyperactive Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis may likely result in a hyper secretion of cortisol, which in turn will also result in depressive symptoms. It is important to know how ones hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis is functioning. With that information in hand, a doctor will be in a better position to outline a patient-specific treatment.